In June of last year, I stayed for a week in the old farmhouse at the Trail Wood Sanctuary. The property was once home to nature writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie, and was donated by Nellie to the Connecticut Audubon Society in Pomfret. The farmhouse has been preserved, just as the Teales … More Trail Wood Artist Residency
On a sweltering day in July, I drove up a gravel driveway to Trail Wood Sanctuary. This 168-acre property in rural eastern Connecticut was once home to naturalist writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. In 1980, Nellie donated their pristine land to the Connecticut Audubon Society, which now hosts artists and writers in … More Trail Wood Sanctuary
In less than two months, author Katy Farber and I will be celebrating the launch of our new picture book, Salamander Sky! We’ve been working hard to spread the word to bookstores, libraries, nature centers, and science museums. We hope that it will encourage kids to get outside to learn about salamanders and other amphibians and … More Salamander Sky, Part 1: Field Research
I am thrilled to announce that Lila’s Harbor is out in the world! It is now available at Amazon. I grew up on boats, running around marinas, and exploring New England beaches and harbor towns up and down the coast. There is a boatload of love in these pictures! Join Lila for an adventure at the … More Lila’s Harbor
“Don’t worry – I fixed it!” My submission for this year’s illustration challenge at the New England SCBWI conference. … More “Don’t worry – I fixed it!”
India ink is a very satisfying medium to work with. You paint it on like watercolor, and it flows and bleeds and blends in beautiful ways. But unlike watercolor, once it hits the paper, it’s there for good. This illustration (11 x 8.5 inches) took me about 15 hours to paint, in order to build up … More Light and dark
My friend Marcela Staudenmaier, who makes the most incredible illustrations from cut paper, invited me to jump on a blog tour of children’s writers and illustrators. Last week on her blog she gave us a peek at the book she’s working on and discussed her creative process. Marcela and I both studied children’s book illustration at Rhode … More Blog Tour – My Illustration Process
Yesterday I was so touched to receive these hand-made letters from two very creative readers. My first fan mail! Also enclosed was a little note from the girls’ grandmother, who pointed out that, in Pisa’s drawing, the orange shape appearing from behind the tree is Georgia’s airplane. Thank you Pisa, Lira, and Shelley!