Monday, October 24, 2011

Current Book Project

I thought I'd share a little bit of the cover from the newest children's book that I'm working on at the moment. Just a little taste, since the cover hasn't been finished by the publisher's designer at this point, and I want to share that when it's in full effect. But, since we still don't even have a title, I'm thinking it may be a while on that one! So here's a little sliver of my latest work!

(Stippled in Sepia ink with watercolor.)

And a BIG thanks to my beautiful long distance model, Lily, 
and her talented--and patient--photographer for the day, Julie, for helping me capture the lovely reference shots for this piece!

Side note: Technology is a wonderful thing. I was able to watch the "photo shoot" via Skype on their iPhone, while Julie snapped the photos on another camera and showed me the images on the phone as they went. Directing a shoot in a back yard in California from my desk in Maine. Good stuff.
 Thank you, Steve Jobs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stamp Love

(To see samples of the block mounted images, hop over to this recent post)

Looking pretty legit with my snazzy new custom rubber stamp! Now the back of all my prints are stamped with my name, website, and Portland, Maine (where they were hand made) in permanent, archival, waterproof, ink. This'll save me lots of time, so I don't have to label each one by hand...and it looks much nicer! Great for gifts, and Made in Maine souvenirs!

Start thinking about the holidays, folks!

It's the little things that are so fun :)

For anyone interested in making their own custom stamp, I used SimonStamp and highly recommend it. Arrived within a week of ordering it, and for all the time it's saving me, definitely worth the cost, which start around $10.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This weekend's events!

Full weekend of book selling and activities! I hope to see you at one (or both!) of these events!
 Contact me if you need directions or more information.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Portland Public Library


Sunday, Oct. 23
240 Rt. One, Kittery, Maine

You may have seen me post this a few weeks ago, but the rain date was put into action, so here it is for this weekend!

It's never too early to start holiday shopping ;)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Post a Review!

"Just a friendly reminder from your PR department to encourage all your friends, relatives, business contacts, even people who remotely like you to leave a review of your book on Amazon…it often helps in the placement of your book within the search lists. And, because the buying public is easily swayed by others' opinions, it could sell a few extra books!"

This was a good reminder, and I'd like to take a moment to ask you for your help! If you have either of my books, or have seen them, please take a minute or two to write a quick review and give them some some good ratings! I appreciate any kind words, no matter how short or long the write up may be. Thanks for your support! 

Click here to review Down East in the Ocean on Amazon.

Click here to review My Maine on Amazon.

Thanks, everyone!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday, Oct. 8 My Maine signing

I know it's last minute, but there will be a book signing by the author of "My Maine" at Portland Head Light (right outside the gift shop) on Sunday, October 8th from 10:30-1:30! Such warm weather for this weekend, why not take a little stroll around the lighthouse and say hi to Suzanne! (And congratulate her, too--she recently had a baby boy!!)

I won't be able to attend this one, but I'll have a couple events next weekend in Portland and Kittery, so stay tuned for more fall signings!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fabulous Friends Friday, October!

October edition!  And O is for....
"Island Friends" © Olga Levitskiy 2011
Olga Levitskiy is an incredible illustrator whose work I simply adore. Based in New Jersey, and another fellow Hartford Art School Alumni, Olga's drawings and paintings are always so full of character, warmth and charm. She has two published children's books, "Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off" and "Team Dawg: Trevor's Bully Problem". She covers a wide range of subject matter and styles, from cozy and comical little characters, to perfected figure and anatomy studies. You may even recognize her work from the winning image for a recent Strathmore drawing paper pad competition!

I went out and bought three of them!

© Olga Levitskiy 2011
Yup. I'm a big Olga fan.

Be sure to check out her website here, as well as her latest endeavor, LLC Events (party planning, invitations, decoration, etc)!

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