talk at Sandwich Library

Titcomb’s Bookshop has arranged for me to come and talk about my books at the Sandwich Public Library on Cape Cod next week. The event will be held on Tuesday Nov. 16th, from 10:30am to 11:30am. I will read from my books and talk about my illustrations. I’ll also bring along some original fabric relief artwork, including some from my board books, Hey! Diddle, Diddle and Wee Willie Winkie.

Detail from Wee Willie Winkie, "Are the children in their beds?'

Titcomb’s Bookshop will be selling Pocketful of Posies at the event, which I will be happy to sign. One person has said, “This is a nursery rhyme book to keep until you’re old and doddering”, so it’s not just for children!

“Posies” exhibit at the Danforth

I delivered my artwork to the next location in the Pocketful of Posies Traveling Exhibit. 45 original fabric relief illustrations from the book will be on display in the children’s gallery at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass. from Nov. 14th to Jan. 23rd. First,  Rob and I went to Highfield with a huge role of bubble wrap and packed the artwork into our car.

That evening, I individually wrapped each frame in bubble wrap.

The next day my husband and I drove our Passat wagon with the 50 bubble wrapped frames filling the car to the ceiling. We headed off Cape and up Rt. 128 to the Danforth Museum in Framingham. The museum staff will hang the show this week and be ready for the opening on Saturday.

The exhibit’s opening reception will be on Sat., Nov. 13th from 6:00-8:00. All are welcome. I’ll be going back on Sunday, Dec. 5th to sign books at 1:30pm. The Danforth Museum will also be hosting their monthly Drop Into Art  Family Tours and Activities on Dec. 5th from 2pm to 4pm. (learn more) I hope that many of you from New England will come see the show!

One picture will not be part of the show. Molly, my sister and I is on display in New York City at the Society of Illustrators until Nov. 24th. My picture is the only 3 dimensional piece in the Original Art 2010 show, which includes a juried selection of original illustrations from 129 children’s books published in 2010.

Molly My Sister and I, from "Pocketful of Posies" 2010

Woods Hole: doorways

For the past few months, I’ve been riding my bike around Woods Hole, taking pictures and organizing them in different categories. It’s time to open the summer doorways file and share this selection, before the trees lose their leaves. This orange door and dusty gray-green trim are some of my favorite color combinations.

Buzzards Bay Ave., Woods Hole

Look through the window and see Buzzards Bay on the other side.

Gardiner Rd., Woods Hole

I love the mismatched doors of this gate.

Buzzards Bay Ave., Woods Hole

This house is the only family owned residence on a block taken over by academic buildings and science labs.

Albatros St., Woods Hole

A reminder of warmer days.

School St., Woods Hole

Close-ups (fall trees)

We had our first frost last night and the crisp air really feels like fall. In this series of trees, I’ll explain a bit about how I made some of the parts. This first closeup is from Apple Orchard, an early piece (1992) which I wrote about in another blog post here. The apples are made from wooden beads, covered with a sheer red fabric.

Apple Orchard, fabric relief 1992

The apples from this illustration in Mary Had a Little Lamb, are made from small red wooden beads. The leaves are cut from larger artificial leaves and sewn to the end of thread wrapped wire branches.

detail from "Mary Had a Little Lamb" 1995

In this scene from In the Heart, the hearts and leaves on the lawn are painted with a home made stencil.

detail from "In the Heart" 2001

Here’s a fall tree from my board book version of Jack and Jill.

detail from "Jack and Jill" 2006

These last two are from my new book Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. They are illustrations from the rhymes “A wise old owl lived in an oak”…

detail from "Pocketful of Posies" 2010

 and “Hush-a-bye-baby”.

detail from "Pocketful of Posies" 2010

Note: See other posts in the Close-ups series archive here.