...What’s a girl to do?
Sleep, soaps, sunbathe….NOT
How about this?
Project #1: is still my children’s story, “A Worm’s Eye View.” Writing a strong “proposal letter” and separating the text from the pictures for presentation is my next challenge. Most publishers have their own “in house” illustrators. To sell my book, I am doing double duty promoting both the story and my own art work. For me, the artwork is the story; each picture was divinely brought to me and developed with clear intention. While drawing out each picture, the journey kept me busy mentally, helping me focus my restlessness after losing Timmy into something tangible. It’s a joint deal. With the encouragement of writing mentors, I am changing a few words in the story to make it more kid friendly, but other than that, buffing it up to a sparkling shine and sending up a prayer as the postage goes on the submission envelopes, is this summer's priority.
Project #2: Greeting Cards. A Toad, A Vampire, B.L. and T., (just what you think) and Fireflies. What do they have in common? Developing a series of six cards for each character, my colored pencils stay sharpened and my scanner is hangin’ in there. (Can’t say the same for my printer…but got a new one on sale at Fry’s). A mega-list of card publishers sits in my inbox. What is special about this project? Corey is helping me with some of the aspects of this. Photo Shop is still a foreign language but Corey surges through it like a dolphin in the surf. Corey and I need as much bonding time as possible to help ease the tensions the last few years have brought between us. If nothing comes of these, it sure has been fun so far.
Project #3: A very long time ago, in fact sometime during college I think, I did an oil painting of a working barn and a rushing stream; it's inspiration coming from a National Geographic picture shot somewhere in the Northeast part of the country.Working with oils before, I find them messy, expensive and it takes way too long to dry. I gave that medium up. The picture though, I am proud of this painting and it hung forever in our living room until the fire. It was not all the way destroyed but damaged quite extensively. Checking out a few places that “restore," I found this also to be very pricey with no gaurantees. So, what I propose to do is to recreate it again, but use watercolors instead. Posting my progress on this blog will keep me accountable to finish this project.
|Those are Corey's fingers poking through, very brittle and dirty. (the painting, not Corey...lol).|
Hopefully all the above things will keep me busy blogging as well. Towards the end of summer is Tim’s birthday in which we celebrate it with “Timmy Day.” Actively involved once again in planning our 2nd annual NephCure Walk, mark your calendars for October 29th. There is much more to be said about that…and I will!
Proverbs 10:5 (NLT) A wise youth harvests in the summer,but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. (I think that goes for a middle aged woman on summer break too).
|Take a "Trick or Treat Trek" for NephCure!|
What are you planning? Comments encouraged here!
Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.