Artistic Tuesday – Christina Fehring

Welcome to Artistic Tuesdays! Today’s guest hails from Germany, where she has been a lifelong lover of art. Beginning her career with her maiden name, “Böhnke”, Christina Fehring hasn’t let marriage and a child slow down her artwork. In fact, she uses her life to inspire even more! IMG_20150908_184208

Let’s see what she has to say:

1) How did you get started in illustrations?

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember but I put more effort in it
since my art and german studies at Paderborn University in Germany.

2) Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

Definitely. Since I can hold a pencil actually!

3) How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?

This depends. My art is either surreal, unusual, having the quality of a dream…or ‘happy’, such as funny or cute looking character design. Thus, want people either get a surreal feeling or simply put a smile on their face.

4) What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

For traditional art I use graphite/coal, ink pens and brushes, watercolors and pastels, mostly of the german brand “Faber Castell”. For digital art I work with Adobe Photoshop.

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5) What is your creative space/working environment like?

I often work in the living room. Truth is, I like being surrounded by my family when being creative. I also like painting in the garden.

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I love to work outside in a garden setting. Such inspiration for many forms or creativity. 

6) What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

I learned that it is sometimes more important to actually finish an illustration or painting than to generate more and more ideas without being able to carry out all the projects in my mind due to time limit.

That is a fine line to have to try to walk! I know a lot of artists and authors with scattered lines and remnants of ideas they’ve never finished but LOVED when they started.

7) Tell us about your two all-time favorite pictures: Please include 1 thing that you have drawn or created, and 1 someone else did.

My favourite work of myself is a portrait of my son because it makes me smile whenever I look at his charming ‘baby smile’.
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My favourite picture of another artist is ” La petite Irène” from the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir because when I discovered this wonderful painting as a child on an art book it awakened my wish to become an artist myself. It gives me the most nostalgic feeling.
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8) What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

I would love to Illustrate a children’s book.

I wonder if anyone reading this blog might need some help with a children’s book?? Her contact information is at the bottom of the post!

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9) What inspires you?

Nature and classical music.

10) Who is your favorite artist/illustrator? Why?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir because he draws like he has an angel in his heart and inspired me to become an artist.

11) Finally, tell us where to go to find you/who you illustrate for if you don’t have your own pages yet. (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Pinterest, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

Instagram: M_Christina_Art

Twitter: @_Chris_Ti_Na_

Website: www.art-is-life-gallery.jimdo.com (german)

Thank you Christina for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us!

Remember, if you are an artistic soul who would like to do an interview, just give me a shout!

An Un-titled Short

I started writing this yet-to-be-named short story about a week and a half ago. The first few hundred words came quickly, then I stalled out. I’ve added a few things since then, but right now I just don’t know where it is headed.

The good news is that I’m posting it for you to enjoy! Have fun…

“Who died and left you queen of the world,” he growled as menacingly as he could while still staying doubled over beside the truck.

“Yeah, yeah I heard you the first time,” she sighed and gingerly stepped around the soggy grass to neatly nip the keys to his ’78 El Camino from his back pocket. “You know, real men may only bow down to their queens, but sometimes a sick boy must bow to his nursemaid.”

“Oh you think sooo…rah,” straightening up had been a bad idea apparently and whatever the rest of his retort would have been was lost behind the lurid, almost comical upheaval wreaking havoc of Carson’s typically well-groomed lumberjack appearance.

“I know so,” Paula sighed again, louder and longer this time, awkwardly patting his back and holding the adorably Neanderthal curls while Carson finished giving it all back (not that he had much left to give this time around). “And I could be a queen! I am a queen! How would know the difference, caveman?”

“uhhhn,” With no strength left to argue, Carson meekly nodded at his friend and allowed himself to be helped into the passenger side of his own souped-up ride.

“If you need to spew, warn me,” Paula trilled, slamming the door just to watch him cringe and shrink against the soft seat. “Homeward bound!”

The ride was blissful silence and heavy metal, though Carson enjoyed one much more than he enjoyed the other. Paula parked him, and his car, safely at his little house and jogged her way two blocks over to plop down on her own slightly smashy couch.  Turning on the television to what was, happily, a romcom marathon, the woman drifted in and out of a sleep riddled with ridiculously real dreams.

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Stumbling up the steps and into his bachelor pad, slamming a little harder that the door than typically necessary, Carson flattened himself against the wall and peered out of the curtained window that would allow him to watch Paula’s perky backside sass its way down the block without risk of being spotted if she turned to check on him. How in the world a woman could walk with that much attitude showing without heels and dance music was a mystery, but the dark pony tail and faded jeans were doing a good job all on their own. Shaking his head in frustration as Paula disappeared around the corner that would take her home, Carson dragged himself to the kitchen, snagged some water, and went back to flop on the couch. Shoes off and a blanket thrown across his legs Carson flipped channels until he found his guilty pleasure…a romcom marathon. Smiling sarcastically at himself, the muscular bearded and tattooed tough settled in to watch a lineup of his favorite little secrets, and daydream.

“Who? What?” the annoying chirp of the cell phone in his pocket woke Carson a few hours later. Long shadows across the floor and a new movie halfway finished on the screen told the sick man that he had been out for at least 2 hours. Batobato binbinbing his phone was at it again. Thankfully though, it was a text message. “Dead?” he snorted, “Nope, if I were you I’d hold of planning the party until you know for sure I kicked the bucket.”

“Well do me a favor and either die now or wait,” she quickly responded, “I have appointments all day Thursday and Friday and just cannot possibly fit in a funeral then.”

“Bitch,” he mumbled, “Sometimes I hate that she makes me smile so much. Damn snarky wench.”

Thumbs careening over the screen, his scathing remark took a turn he didn’t expect so that Paula’s phone buzzed with, “I guess I’ll just have to live a little while longer for you then. Too bad no one is here to take care of me.”

“What a whiny little turd nugget,” Paula griped to the cat staring down at her from atop a nearby bookshelf, “Like he can’t take care of his own grown ass self.”

“You’ll be fine. Need anything?” “Need anything?” She wailed into a couch pillow, “Need anything? Jeez woman, keep it up! If he doesn’t know yet, he will soon. AAAAAAKKKK!”

“Need anything, hmmm,” Carson mused, “I wonder if…naw! She’s just being nice. I couldn’t get that lucky after all I’ve done…”

“I’m just tired and lonely. Like you said, I’ll be fine. Thanks though.”

“Awww, Maybe I should…NO PAULA!” She smacked her hand and threw herself back down on the groaning couch, “He said he’d be fine. Leave him alone!”

“But maybe…”

“Maybe??? Did you think of something you need?”

“Maybe…You…nevermind”

“Me?”

“Well, maybe you could bring some soup or something? I don’t think I can handle steak right now.”

YOU COWARD!” He growled at himself. “Her company would have been the answer…not Soup! I don’t even like soup!”

“I got you Gatorade and chicken noodle,” A hesitant voice called through his front door not even five minutes later, causing Carson to fall on the floor in a pile of tousled blankets and startled chagrin. He had been staring at his phone, wondering whether or not to text again when Paula showed up at the door.

“What kind?”

“Yellow.”

The Gatorade in questions was tossed unceremoniously into the pile on top of him as she headed to his kitchen, just as comfortable there as in her own. “How do you like the broth…searing pain, pretty hot, warm, or cool?”

Pretty Hot indeed,” he muttered, struggling to get up and follow her, “Umm…Pretty hot.”

“What are you doing up?” Paula suddenly appeared in front of him, hands on hips and a concerned frown marring her face. “Get back on the couch and wallow.”

“Yes ma’am.”

Reality in the Midst of Make-believe

Today I am honored to be passing the baton over to celebrate the release of M.J. Moores newest book: Cadence of Consequences. With today being the official release date, I asked M.J. to come up with a jazzy and interesting guest post.

Without further ado – let’s welcome M.J. Moores and celebrate with her on the release of Cadence of Consequences!

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Reality in the Midst of Make-believe

A Guest Post by M.J. Moores, Author of Time’s Tempest & Cadence of Consequences

Everyone has hit that low point, you know the one. It might be a life’s low or a skill’s low (like writing or not as the case may be). I had those days in high school of course, but then high school was a bit of a roller coaster ride for most people. I had those days dealing with my husband trying to work through a bad job/company, and I even had those days after giving birth. But honestly, the lowest I ever remember feeling was back in grade 6 and 7 having to deal with a new school, being shunned and then being ostracized for, well, being me.

In the first book of The Chronicles of Xannia, Time’s Tempest, I have Taya (my strong and self-assured leading lady) going through a major revelation about herself – and that was no garden path let me tell you! But just as she thinks she’s got a handle on her life again, in book two, Cadence of Consequences, I take her as low as I possibly can go – and this is a woman who’s dealt with a lot of lows in her early life. Having faced her own mortality and emerging relatively unscathed from that quest, I now put her where I was at twelve years of age – caught somewhere she has to be, not where she wants to be; trapped in a tangle of other people’s expectations and rapidly losing all sense of self…

Now, I don’t set out to write about these difficult things, honest I don’t. Book one was slotted as an amazing quest through uncharted territory and book two was exploring a hidden society and dealing with secrets kept vs. secrets revealed – cool stuff right? But these were just the external journeys that got the blood pumping and the heart racing. Once I really got to know these people, their wants, needs, desires… I found so much of the trials of my own life seeping into the work it was truly astounding. Taya was, after all, everything I ever wished I could be: taller, crazy fit, wicked smart, self-reliant, capable, self-assured – and she could see in the dark!

But she isn’t Superwoman and she’s not invincible. She’s hit the top of her climb and now the coaster is rushing into those lows… the stuff that keeps us awake at night. So you see, it really was inevitable; I had to go there. I had to touch those dark places in my own soul and crack them open for inspection.

What about you? Is there a particular low you can now touch? Have you let it inspire you?

I hope so. 😉

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  1. M.J. Moores began her career as an English teacher in Ontario, Canada. Her love of storytelling and passion for writing has stayed with her since the age of nine. M. J. relishes tales of adventure and journeys of self-realization. She enjoys writing in a variety of genres but speculative fiction remains her all time favourite. Her debut novel Time’s Tempest is currently available in print and e-book with Book 2 launching September 28th, 2015.

The Time Garden – A Book Review

The Time Garden by Daria Song is the compelling and beautifully portrayed story of a little girl who explores an old cuckoo clock and finds herself in a fairy’s dream world.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is really not that negative. That is, that I would have loved to see a few more lines of story intermingled with the gorgeous coloring pages. Yes, that’s right, COLORING PAGES! This gorgeous book is one of hauntingly beautiful artwork placed in color book format for adults to complete.

With approximately 65 different pictures of various sizes and content, this coloring book is truly a gorgeous picture book that each reader is able to participate in on a deeper level. The book jacket even comes off to reveal the interior as another large coloring sheet!

I give this book 4 out of 5 dragons, I can’t wait to get back to coloring now.

*Full disclosure: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and views are my own.*

Author Interview – Janice Spina

Welcome, Welcome everyone! This week we are sitting down with Janice Spina, author of Chasing Mariah, Davey and Derek: Junior Detectives, and so much more!

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Let’s get in to it:

What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

My own name – for children’s books – Janice Spina.
For novels that are for 18+ I use J.E. Spina which are my initials.

Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.
I have always wanted to be an author but didn’t realize my dream until after I retired. Official date of publication was July, 2013. Once I made up my mind to complete my first book and publish it I felt a great accomplishment. I couldn’t believe it and had to keep looking up on Amazon to see my book in print. It was very exciting! I did publish a sports’ poem in a local newspaper in 2008. That was my first publication. Each book since has been thrilling to complete and publish.

What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
I write for children, middle-grade detective/fantasy/magic, mystery/thriller, serial killer. As you can see I have an eclectic mix of genres. Writing in different genres keeps me fresh. My goal is to encourage children of all ages to read. By writing for different ages I may do just that.

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What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
My favorite reads are mysteries, thrillers, detectives and historical novels. Mysteries fascinate me, detective stories make me think as I try to work out “who dun it!” Historical because it involves some real life which is a nice change from all the fantasy. I do also enjoy fantasy, children’s and middle-grade. It’s nice to read other authors’ work to compare notes and I always learn something along the way. I read as many indie authors’ books as I can to help support fellow authors. On Goodreads I have a goal to read 115 books this year and have already read 89. I will more than make my goal and enjoy every minute of reading these books.

Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
My first book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, is my favorite character. He is sweet and adorable and learns from his mistakes.
I love all the characters in The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. He is the master of creating fascinating and memorable protagonists.

There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?
Just the thought of one of my books being considered would be very exciting! On the other hand there are a lot of things to consider especially if they do cut out portions of my book and make critical changes. To see them do that to my book would be heartbreaking and I would feel like they were tearing out a part of me. I would hope to have some say in what they do to my story.

How do you handle writer’s block?
Maybe I shouldn’t say this but I have been fortunate not to experience it yet. I write off the cuff and let my characters take me where they want to go. I always come up with a title first and go from there. When I sit at my laptop ideas fly around in my head and I just start typing. It’s almost as if they can’t wait to get onto a sheet of paper.

What inspires you?
My grandchildren have inspired me to write children’s stories and my middle-grade detective series. I thank God for the ability to be inspired and to do what I love to do every day for the rest of my life. Sometimes I find inspiration talking to children and parents during a book signing or while on vacation.

How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
That is funny! Yes, people do look at me funny sometimes when I say that I am an author. There are some who are impressed and others who snub their noses at the idea of a writer. I find it comical and don’t let it bother me because I am doing what I love to do every day. One thing that many people say to me is, “I always wanted to be an author.” You could say I am living out their dreams.
I always get that too…I think that everyone has a story in them and only the most creatively brave are able to let it out in a way that will appeal to others.
Finally, tell us where to go to find you 
I am on many social links as listed below.

Website: http://jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/janicespina7
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Janice-Spina?store=allproducts&keyword=Janice+Spina

Cold Coffee Press: http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/janice-spina/

FB  http://Facebook.com/Janice.spina.9
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http://Facebook.com/jespina77

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/user/show/17094469-Janice-spina
Pinterest:  http://Pinterest.com/janicespina
Twitter:  twitter.com/janice_spina
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102370955158139843400
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/com/pub/Janice-Spina
Tumblr: http://jjspina.tumblr.com

Moms Choice Awards http://store.momschoiceawards.com/index.php?entry_id=3571(Lamby the Lonely Lamb won Silver Medal here)

Trailer of Louey the Lazy Elephant:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfFNslKKX2s
Hunting Mariah Trailer: https://youtu.be/JZTu5R-kXhM

Thank you, Elizabeth, for this wonderful opportunity to share my books with you and your readers. I enjoyed this interview and spending time with you.

Thank you Janice for allowing us this small insight into you and your work! It’s been fun!

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Remember, if you are an author, illustrator, photographer, agent, or publisher and would like to be featured in your own interview, leave me a message and we’ll get you set up!

Absent

I have been called away for a few days and don’t have anything prepared to post for the 3 days I’ll be gone. If I get the chance to find wifi, I will try to post up something. If not..Forgive me and I’ll be back in a few days.
Family emergencies take precedence.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
May you all have a wonderful week!

Author Interview: Kayla Matt

Thank you everyone for joining us on another segment of Author Interview Fridays. Today I have the great pleasure to present to you the author of what we’re calling ‘hybrid’ novels, Kayla Matt.

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Thank you for taking the time to participate in this Kayla! Let’s get to it:

Author Interview Questions

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I usually go by K.Matt. It’s not a pseudonym. But if I did have one, I’m not sure what I’d use.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

To be honest, I can’t really pinpoint when, exactly, I’d realized that I was an author. I went to college to become an illustrator, and am still working at that. If I had to choose a time, I’d say that it was sometime in middle school that I started writing more. But I never put much thought into publishing anything until after college.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

Now this is a loaded question… My work is usually some blend of horror, sci-fi, and urban fantasy. The books themselves are 1st person/present tense, and consist of a combination of prose and graphic novel elements. The reason I stick with this—let’s call it a hybrid—is because I enjoy it. I wish I could say there was more to it than that, but there really isn’t. I enjoy it, and find myself hoping that others do, as well.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I’ll go for pretty much anything that’s not romance/erotica. But if I had to pick a favorite, I would say probably fantasy. Usually, I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels. For those, the same rules tend to apply: nothing too heavy on the romance.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Now this is a hard one… There are a lot of fictional characters out there that I love. And having to choose just one of my own is like trying to tell someone to play favorites with their kids. But here goes!

Out of all characters created by someone else, I think one of my favorites of all time may be Batman. Not a literary character, per se, but the different approaches taken with the character over the past 75+ years interest me. People have gone campy with him, they’ve gone serious… there’s a Batman for pretty much every mindset. He’s been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.

I will accept Batman as a literary character!

As for mine, it’s a toss-up between Travis and Ivy. Travis is my favorite to write. He’s the main narrator of my first three books, and is a half-monkey man with hair longer than any of those around him. His friends and family have probably taken to calling him Rapunzel behind his back, after a certain point. Also, he possesses a strong regenerative ability, accompanied with an insanely high metabolism. Along with all of that is some level of insecurity, some of which concerns his nose, and a lot of it having to do with his childhood.  As for Ivy, she was the first one I’d created, around 13-14 years ago. Telepathic, telekinetic, and has a very unique blood composition that requires her to drink alcohol as opposed to water. She works as an assassin, but greatly enjoys her downtime. And both can veer into smartass territory every so often. So, like I said, it’s sort of a tie between these two.

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  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

 

I think it would all depend on how much input I would get. If someone were insane enough to want to make a movie based on these books, I’d hope they would agree with my vision. I’d definitely want it to be animated. At the same time, I would NOT want it to be geared toward children. Seriously, just no. Of course, the controversy that would likely stem from it would definitely help raise further awareness of it… But no. I’d rather not receive angry letters from someone’s parents.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

In that case, I usually put on some music, watch cartoons, and grab a snack. Or roleplay with a friend. That generally brings about ideas.

  • What inspires you?

Oh, man…I have a lot of inspiration out there…horror movies, Disney films, animation, the works of Stephen King and Jim Butcher… And comics. Can’t forget comics.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

Oddly enough, it hasn’t really come up. Though I would imagine I would get offended. Usually, they seem to be somewhat interested, and then ask where they can find my books. Which is, of course, some degree of nerve-wracking.

Seriously, apparently the people in my area are the ones that worry about ‘stability’ and ‘money’…or maybe they’re just the ones willing to rudely spout it out to a person they’ve just met.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you

My Twitter handle is @MarieTwixie, and my Facebook page for my books is at http://facebook.com/HellBentBookSeries ,where one can find all sorts of artwork and updates pertaining to these books. Both Visions and Retribution can be found on Kindle and in paperback on both Amazon and CreateSpace, and in hardcover on Lulu.com. Book 3: Destruction is currently in the works, and if I can get it finished when I’d like to, it should be up for release around Halloween. Hopefully.

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*All images provided by, and property of, Kayla Matt*

Thank you Kayla! We look forward to seeing what you do next.

Remember, if you would like to be featured on an interview here, leave me a message or comment and let me know!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Image

As I’ve done the video this week, I will leave you with these amazing quotes and the knowledge that you must CHOOSE to be who you are. If who you want to be is different from who you are, then work towards it, but do us all a favor and don’t try to be any of the rest of the world. I don’t think people could handle two of me…but it would love to see the real you!

As always, if you want to join us or just want see what Writer’s Quote Wednesdays are all about, check out Colleen’s post over at Silver Threading and come back every week to see more quotes!

“I just write what I want to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.” – J.K. Rowling

agatha   drake

Gaimen   Hemingway

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Artistic Tuesdays – Illustrator Becky Tyree

Welcome to this week’s beautiful edition of Artistic Tuesday! My guest today is my own illustrator (and mother) Becky Tyree. A lover of lighthouses, Christmas, and crazy deep and detailed art, Becky is a seamstress, an artist, a teacher, and much much more! Let’s see what she has to say about her art!

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               Showing her sass!

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

I studied art with a mail order art class. I really enjoyed the lessons and found mixed media enthralling.

I remember that class, she was studying that when I was about 6 or 7. My bedroom wall got a gorgeous mural of a swan on a lake. When we moved I begged until she painted it on a canvas for me!

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Her older pictures are signed ‘Teeto’ (a family nickname) but her new artwork and illustrations are signed with her full name, “Becky Tyree.”

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I really only began art sometime in my early twenties. My husband encouraged me a lot when I was learning.

  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created? I want them to make a connection with the work. If they don’t, it is not for them.

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  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love pencil work, mixed media (for me that would be pencil, ink, and then watercolor, acrylic, or even colored pencil), and wet on wet oil.

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  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

Our residence is an old Church building. My art studio is on one side of the ‘stage’ and the other side is my sewing room. The auditorium is undergoing it’s transformation into our family room and my art gallery. We hope it will be finished this year, but…..you never know.

They have been working a little every day on the great room. With the original plain colored glass windows (they are not pictures, just gorgeous glass) mostly intact, the walls getting painted, and a few pews and chairs being fixed up and painted, the space will be a bright and beautiful place to display her artwork!

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

I am always picking up anything to help me with my artwork. Recently, my granddaughter has been teaching me how to listen to what she says and translate it into a picture.

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LITTLE MONSTER!!

She has been watching videos and scanning Pinterest etc. for new ideas on how to make the perfect illustrations. She invariably decides she likes her way better because she can’t figure out why people are making things so hard on themselves! I’m sure they would think the same about her methods..I hear artists are slightly tempermental about their works. Of course, the Monkey has been giving her direct instructions for Little Monster as to the color composition, items and their placements, and so on.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite pictures: Please include 1 thing that you have drawn or created, and 1 someone else did.

Okay, Here I will first include my favorite picture…..Thomas Kincaid’s paintings that include lighthouses!

This is Thomas Kinkade’s “Courage” lighthouse. To see more fabulous works and get the stories behind them, check out the official site at: http://thomaskinkade.com/art-genre/lighthouses/

My favorite from my work….The wet on wet oil painting I did of a stream drifting though autumn tree’s and fields.

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She has a collection of lighthouses. Not just one or two here and there…the woman has a collection of over 100, maybe over 200 at this point, that includes miniatures, nick-knacks, paintings, blankets, coasters, table cloths, etc etc etc.

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

I am looking forward to drawing more dragons and fairy’s. I have the start of a wall mural going up to my daughters writing loft featuring one of her dragons. The mural is going to spread up both sides of the stairs right off the mentioned family room.

The dragon in question – pictured below – is Lavinia. Some of you have read the books and/or the short stories I post on here occasionally and are thinking “who is that?” Well, Lavinia hasn’t been in the books just yet. You see, she is a very special ‘keeper’ dragon, the Guardian of the Garden. Lavinia is posted to protect and observe a portal between Realta and Earth. This portal just so happens to reside inside the walls going up the stairs to my writer’s loft. And yes, we pat her nose and tell her hello or goodbye and goodnight every time.

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  • What inspires you?

Writers who are able to describe in such a way that I can see their story. It really encourages me to draw. God’s grace to have given me such a wonderful gift, and my loving family of writers. I am not a good writer, but I figure, hey, they aren’t the best illustrators either, but together we make a great team.

Go Team! She’s right you know, there’s a reason I’m not drawing my own stuff! Stick figures come out with weird bumps when I try to draw.

 

  • Who is your favorite artist/illustrator? Why?

Norman Rockwall With a simple picture he could tell a whole story. People connected to his work, and his work was realistic while at the same time interesting to us all.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you/who you illustrate for if you don’t have your own pages yet:

So far I have kept my drawings in our family. I am finishing up the drawings for my granddaughter on her first Little Monster book; – Little Monster is set to go on preorder September 20th and release on October 1st. I did a teaser post with the illustrations recently. If you want to check that out, I’ve linked it for you HERE.

Then I will be working with Elizabeth S. Tyree and an animal wildlife preserve in Kansas to complete both a color book about the animals at the park there and a series of stories about animals in the park and their cousins in the wild. Ask Elizabeth Tyree about those details. – I have spoken a little about Leonard the Lemur and more details will be coming shortly. If you would like to know more about the park we’ve talked into being Leonard’s home, check out www.tanganyikawildlife.org

After that, and probably some during, I will complete a set of pictures for the Stone Dragon Saga’s updates, as I have agreed to draw those this year. For myself I will be painting four wet on wet nature scenes and fifteen different floral studies to place on our family room/gallery walls. For Dr. W. Jay Tyree, I will be drawing updates for his children’s books at the beginning of next year. After that ….who knows…someone else want some drawings????

The rose from Dr. Tyree's original version of Monsoon McKreel...which  didn't even have an eel in it!

The rose from Dr. Tyree’s original version of Monsoon McKreel…which didn’t even have an eel in it!

I will be setting up an illustrator’s profile for her sometime soon, once we have a site we agree on to host it.

Thank you for sharing with us today Becky! We look forward to seeing your work in the books, and updates on your gallery walls!

Remember, if you are an artist and would like to be interviewed for the blog just let me know! Have a great day everyone!