Friday, February 25, 2011

Travel, Contest, Articles, oh my!

I have no idea who this girl is,
but gosh can I relate to her.
Stepping forward, backward and off the road. Roads and how we take them are such great metaphors.

The Gotham Writing Contest announced the top six out of 20 winners today. I wasn't one of them, but I feel like being in the top 2% really told me something and I've put a lot of work into my next book. It was the kick-start I needed to embrace pausing my progression on one novel to work on another.

I have traveled to two schools this week to read and promote my "Through Endangered Eyes" book. A third grader (who I met last year at the school doing a reading) came up to me today after my reading and told me that I inspired her to experiment with acrylic paint and she loves it. I think it's those kinds of moments that make it all worth while.

I also had and opportunity to visit my nephew's school Rancho Rosal school in Camarillo,California and had a wonderful assembly. If you would like to read more on the event, click here (the photographer that covered it took some amazing shots.)

I am working on my next  painting for the desert book. The desert pupfish is taking on a unique set of colors:) I'm really excited to update the site next week with a possible finished image!

The last bit of news is in regard to an article I wrote about my technique for Wildscape Magazine a conservation wildlife art magazine in England. It is due out in Europe in a couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to seeing the issue when it is released.

3 comments:

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Sorry you didn't make it any further in the contest! You're right to recognize the milestone that you made it that far, and took what you needed from it.

Your presentation looks like it was fun for you and the kids. Did you see the bizarre comment on the article? Little did you know, that you and your book would be controversial!

Christina Mercer said...

All wonderful accomplishments to be proud of! And yes, even though you didn't go all the way with contest, you went far enough to know you have a fabulous storyline.

The pics at the school are great, what fun it must have been for you. I liked the second commentor, who put the first commentor in his/her place! Geesh!

And I can't wait to see your article in the wildlife magazine :-))

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Congratulations on getting as far as you did. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures for your next book. Some of my art students still remember your visit last summer.