Make a Picture E-Book Vlog Series

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downloadable color pages from character sketches, HERE.
Wondering what I've been up to in the studio?  It certainly isn't rearranging new furniture!  In fact, I'm so worried about the place that I've been meeting 2 and 3 deadlines per month with projects like entering the Oregon Book Awards and adding Smashwords e-books to my platform.  So, in the middle of all of it, I added a vlog series which shows you what I really do to make an e-book come to life.

Here, a gang of skateboarding owls are sketched out, colored, and given a personality on paper, while I, their author, try to determine just who(oo) Barny, Buddy, Hoot, Sawl, Snowy, and Great Gray are about, what they'd act like, and which skate trick level they'd be at.  Who am I kidding? Owls know all the skate tricks, no risk of falling - or failing.  You can watch them here, just don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube Channel - thanks!!. I really need subscribers, like you!!

New Quilt/Wall Hanging Design

The Winter Trees design is one yard that can be a wall hanging or quilt panel, or be cut up into separate pieces for quilting and crafting.  It can be purchased this Fall in silk, cotton, canvas, or a variety of other fabrics including faux suede.  It will be available in my Spoonflower shop.

For now, this summer's newest design are these toss pillows from Redbubble with my - sort of vintage looking - floral photographic designs, sizes 16x16, 18x18, and 20x20.  Redbubble lets customers buy the zippered cover, for pillows you already own, or the cover and pillow interior.  They are on great fabric, and even if you don't like mine, they have so many incredible artists and designers, you're sure to find something you love.

Art and the ABCs

For a while now, I've had a children's page with art activities and games for my blog Urban Explorer.  I now have a book from drawings I started for this page and fabric design knapsacks.  No sense leaving a good otter swimming alone, so I made an e-book, ABC World of Creatures, which features my drawings paired with the alphabet song.  Here is the K page for example:

Summer Writing - Not Much Art

I haven't been doing much art lately; however, I am sticking with fabric design.  I have a new set of toss pillows from floral photographs and working to bring this tree art quilt from the Winter Barn Owl series to market and Youtube How-to Video.

I am probably redesigning a few books covers this summer, too, like Willow the novel I am also writing.  I did a quick digital sketch for an image in the Cover Box for Camp NaNoWriMo, so it wouldn't look blank and dull.  I will have to recreate the cover though and take some photos for that.

Read excerpt updates from Willow.
I've been working on learning forums and sign-ups with an immediate response - Autoresponders, I think they are called - so if you signed up for the Free Print and did not get it yet, please send me an email, HERE.  Also if you've commented but I haven't responded, I did not receive the comments.  A forum is my next try.  Look for it, here, by Fall.