I got a sweet note from a close RISD friend recently telling me that she had shared the book with her art-campers this summer in the woods of Massachussets. Sara is a wonderful teacher, artist, and designer. After reading the book with her group to teach about Monet and his creative process, the kids all made their own impressionist artwork! Take a look at Sara's website to see the young artists at work and to read her lovely review of the book.
Another fun surprise... a dear friend sent me this picture of Monet Paints a Day on display in the bookstore of the New York Botanical Garden. How awesome! Thanks, Melissa, for spotting Monet in NYC!
I have been on the road for the past few weeks. The trip included a few major events, such as...
I made the trip out west in part to attended the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference in Los Angeles. I was moved, amazed, overwhelmed, and inspired by the whole experience. I left feeling so grateful and excited to be entering a field where there is just as much emphasis on making great books as there is on living great lives.
I had the opportunity to show off Monet Paints a Day at the conference and loved talking about the experience of illustrating my first book with fellow artists and writers. The SCBWI members I met were so supportive, encouraging, and excited for me and the book.
I also had the treat of signing a few books at an outstanding independent bookstore in Montrose, California. Once Upon a Time is definitely a gem of a store, and a place where you could spend hours letting your imagination roam free.
The booksellers there could not have been more loving. Here is a picture from the visit with Once Upon a Time's Amelia Palacios, me, my mom and my aunt. This picture was featured as a Publisher's Weekly Photo of the Day! My stop at Once Upon a Time was a highlight of my California visit.
Waking Brain Cells
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Now, off to new adventures!!