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Entries in Adelita and the Veggie Cousins (12)


Adelita and the Veggie Cousins Fan Art

These adorable drawings arrived in the mail recently: 

It took me awhile to tell what these were (my first guess was pickles), but then I recognized them with delight: calabacitas! Calabacitas are a type of squash and prominently featured in Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas. I gifted these two artists, nephews of my very good friend, with a copy of the book when I met them during a fabulous vacation in New Hampshire last summer. Both their Dad and their Uncle Matt were painted into the book as children, thanks to some great photographic reference loaned from the family.

Getting fan art, letters, and notes from kids is the best part of this job! Thank you, Alex and Eliot, for bringing a smile to my face! 


Paint Your Room with Colors From my Books

Sherwin-Williams has this fun online tool called Chip It! that instantly turns any picture into a sample palette using over 1,500 paint colors. I uploaded the covers from the dozen children's picture books I've illustrated and posted my favorites:

Neat, huh? Go to Chip It! to make your own palettes from Sherwin-Williams paint. Thanks to Elizabeth O. Dulemba for the tip!


Illustration Friday: Teacher

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Is it "Back to School"-time already? This summer has just flown by...

This week's submission for Illustration Friday is from the Tejas Star Book Award nominee Adelita and the Veggie Cousins. In this scene, Adelita's school teacher, Miss Cantú, introduces the children to different fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer's market. I was inspired to paint Miss Cantú in the likeness of Senora Gail, one of the amazing bilingual teachers at Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, MN. I would visit her 3rd grade classroom for several years when I lived in MN, and I miss her warmth and those kids terribly!

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

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