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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Getting back to 'real life'...

Back in Seattle and right back into the grind. Taught my last two classes of this session in the last two days. My ongoing one was today. Next session starts next week. Had critique group this evening. (Suzy (of the silk-painted stag) had baby chicks hatch while I was gone. Cute, fuzzy little things.)

I received the manuscript for my next free-lance project (another Christmas story. Santa and reindeer this time). 12 illustrations plus one cover by this August.

I got a minute to run a few errands after class today - the fruit market (which also sells heirloom starts of things, like tomatoes - so had to pick up some of those!), and the used bookstore - looking for some 'period' books for reference for this new project. Need clothing and housing for around the turn of the century. Found all kinds of *other* things as well... Fun though. :-) Also stopped in the art gallery in Country Village and discovered that they have just recently begun carrying books and cards by Charles van Sandwyk. He has long been a favorite of mine, and you can only find his work in-person in two locations in Washington state. I bought a copy of his "Gnome King's Treasure Song". I *wish* I could afford to buy ALL of his books - they are so charming. I want to *be* him when I grow up...


Tomorrow, I hope to get some more things in the ground - as well as some thinning of the millions of 'babies' out there that have grown since I left last week...

Now, I must go prep for next week's class...

5 comments:

Joanna said...

His paintings are truly delightful, I like the subdued colours.

ULLA said...

Totally with you on Charles' work! I love his stuff too!

PG said...

Never heard of him! But I'm very very glad I do now. I can see a new hero on the horizon...

Christmas in summer! What a topsy turvy world it is sometimes...

Soozcat said...

Oh, that Gnome King! I like him.

tlc illustration said...

Yes, life in Fiji must be like being on another planet compared to the PNW (or England, for that matter). CVS reminds me of Arthur Rackham - probably why I like him so much. And everything about his books and cards are so carefully done and detailed - from the handlettering and handstitching to the logos used - it's all gorgeous.