What a phenomenal week visiting and filming the incredible Yuyi Morales for something really exciting that I have cooking. She is so brilliant and amazing and I am so blessed to have her as one of my friends. Her website needs updating (who's doesn't?) www.yuyimorales.com You'll love her as much as I do.
Got to work with Marge who I adore http://www.herosartjourney.com/about.html (scroll down) and www.octo-mystic.com
Also did some Skype consulting with a very gifted picture book author and illustrator who is going to be very successful. Skype is amazing in that I can bring her images into Photoshop and teach her Photoshop skills while teaching her more effective ways of guiding the eye, foregrounding what's important, creating visual relationships, positioning type etc.
Worked with my business coach Beth Barany who is teaching me how to leave my struggling artist identity behind and embrace the creative entrepreneurial spirit that I need to flourish.
Then I got a lovely compliment from fabulous non-fiction writer Jeri Chase Ferris for the website that I designed for her www.jerichaseferris.com (yep, I picked that picture for her home page).
Did some work contacting presenters for our first Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Northern California Central Illustrator's Day (for both authors adn illustrators - next year it will be called Picture Book Day). My co-illustrator coordinator Kris Aro McLeod and I have worked really hard organizing it with help from our regional advisers for May 19th in Sacramento. It will be awesome with great speakers, opportunities, and door prizes, so don't miss out if you are in Northern California! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5iax92k36da453f&llr=bvqcu5dab
And then finally, I received some beautiful emails from students from the picture book writing and illustrating course that just finished. What a wonderful week.
Sometimes I really love my life : )