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Monday, March 06, 2006

Big sigh of relief...



It is finished. It is scanned. It is packaged. It is on it's way to the publisher. Thank you so much for all the good wishes along the way.

I celebrated this morning by sleeping in as long as I possibly could (I refused to go to bed last night until I was completely done. Which ended up being rather close to morning. It *was* morning, actually - about 45 minutes before my very early-rising family members get up). I've gotten to stroll around my sun-drenched yard and say hello to all the new plants coming up. Pulled a few weeds. I can tell it's been far too long since I've been out in the yard much - I've lost most of the callouses on my hands and feet (I like to wander barefoot. It's nicer when your feet aren't so winter-soft. I have lots of paths with wood chips - not so fun to walk on if you haven't built up hobbit-soles on your feet). Felt the wind in my hair. Smelled the thyme that I brushed against. Tasted the baby arugula that is still coming up from self-seeding last fall. I've missed my gardens.

You know you've been working far too much when the thing you are most looking forward to is *cleaning your studio*. Two books and three classes worth of materials are strewn about, waiting to be organized and filed. I am greatly looking forward to doing just that.

I do have some more projects upcoming, but they are more the self-promotional type (this year's Black Book, etc..) - not quite so many pieces and with a longer deadline - thank goodness! What to do with myself without 14 hours of dedicated studio time per day? I may read a book! Or see a movie! Or go to my daughter's volleyball game. Maybe feel like a person again...

These last two books won't come out until September or so, so I can't post full pictures of them, but I will post these couple of snippets to tide us over until this fall...




10 comments:

Joanna said...

Thats a really lovley chicken and the rabbits, all my favourite things.

I'm not sure how I'm going to get my garden back from dylan, It's going to be tricky.

lorna said...

I can't wait to see the final book- the snippets are beautiful! Enjoy having some time for yourself again, don't forget to enjoy it and savour it. :o)

Gina said...

Hooray! Congrats!

Gail said...

Well done - those snippets are gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final books. Enjoy the break form all the hectic deadlines ;)
-Gail

Rebecca Bush said...

Bea-U-tiful!
Congrats!

PG said...

What lovely snippets! The baby rabbits are just adorable, there is some seriously good painting here. Welcome back to the human race. :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely TAra, such sweet faces and feelings. I' so happy for you that you are done and can finally relax and enjoy the spring that is ready to burst forth!
Suzy

Tory said...

These are very, very lovely. Good job.

tlc illustration said...

Thank you all. I'm not sure that I'm really feeling like I have more actual time now - but it is a huge relief to not feel under the dreaded-cloud-of-impending-doom, caused by too tight of deadlines!

CAS said...

These are really, really lovely. You're not called tlc illustration for nothing!

Cathy