Story is my life!

When I was a child in Colorado Springs my father had a pile of sand delivered to our backyard, which soon became my village with characters, roads, and tunnels, and trees, and houses, and animals, any thing and everything used for my story of my village. As the roads entangled so did: Friendships! Storms! Parties! I still create stories this way, the visual scenes with the characters, where they came from, what they are doing, how they feel, and why the problem or adventure happens to the character and how the character solves the problem for the greater good of the village.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Surprise Party B&W

Made to see how the book would work, soon to self published. Started Surprise in I984 for a preschool I ran in my home. The animals are the children.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

First ART Show

Pro Arts 1990
This was my first ART Show in year 1990, WOW! This show was in a friend's backyard 22 years ago.
June 2013 I am having another Art Show in my OakGrove Yard through ProART --> showing a life of work: paintings, drawings, creative one edition books, gardening, and storytelling. That means, I have come full circle from loving art as a child, studying writing as an adult, storytelling as a senior, and gardening as my 'hobby, to finishing as a creative elder.  Art is the process!  The reward is the doing, feeling, seeing, the awareness of knowing the creative times, the play, while living as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend with all the in-betweens.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sodie, the Storyteller

Sodie, the storyteller
Here is storyteller Sodie telling a story, which has the children of the farm involved and motivate. The parents are delighted until their children disappear.  Will Sodie be able to get the children back to the farm?

Bobbie Kinkead on the Behance Network

Bobbie Kinkead on the Behance Network

Have joined this gallery to show my Fine Art and various other projects!
Come and see, watch my gallery grow.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My illustrations at the Brick Alley Gallery

Two of my illustrations, "Sodie, the Storyteller" and "Vanitta's Basket of Eggs" are on view at the Brick Alley Art Studio, 919 20th Street, Sacramento, CA. The NorCal SCBWI sponsored the Art Show. SCBWI had a reception on December the 8th. There were two Art Walks on one Dec.11, 2010 and the other Jan. 8th, 2011. The show ends  Jan 30, 2011.

The Studio is owned by
 Pam Findleton,
Suzanne Bell,
and Tracy Lewis,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

This is raccoon who is surprised.

This illustration also from my first draft of Surprise
is used for my business cards and as clip art 
to send to editors and art editors.

The Illustrator

Here is a black and white cut and pasted
illustration from the first draft of 
my Surprise book. The five characters 
are from my home preschool: 
dog, cat, rat, crow and rabbit,
who are celebrating raccoon's 4th birthday. 

Monday, June 23, 2008

Page 10 from SHHssss

This illustration is acrylic and ink from the wordless picture book, SHHhsss, I sketched the storyboard in 1985, when my children were in the preschool, which I ran in my home. The animals are the children who came; the image suits each one. Dog gives the party, cat helps with the balloons, and rabbit counts, squirrel wants.  On each page the reader (parent and child) counts the sets of  balloons, gifts, and animals up to number 10. Then SURPRISE! raccoon enter we have number 11. 

I painted the illustration while in Patricia Polacco's studio, when she lived in Oakland in 1990's. Sarah Wilson was my mentor for the Nevada SCBWI program in 2006. Then I restarted my dream as a picture book illustrator.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Vanitta - from the BASKET OF EGGS

This acrylic illustration is from the story BASKET OF EGGS.  A creative bunny, Vanitta, always gives gifts to the Brice children, this year Heneritta asked for the eggs and Vanitta must find another way to have her eggs for the baskets. 

Trip to New York

There I am, Bobbie, in New York City, visiting an editor of the publishing house, Mary Chase of Holiday House, then, 1986, WOW!  I was as green as new sprout,  entering preschool.  I had my drawing skills; and I was learning how to be a story writer as a member in SCBWI.  Green as they come, that was Bobbie.  I flew to New York City with Patricia Polacco and Elisa Kleven, now extremely successful, and still my friends.  However, I got involved in SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I needed an education on how to present a story.  I continued the chapter in the Bay Area of California, started by Geraldine Lanier. I wrote and published the newsletter, galleys, held conferences at Asilomar, and started critiques groups. Sarah Wilson and Patricia Polacco helped as did many: Ellen Leroe, Karen Dean, Dorthoy Slate, Kathy Pelta, Marty Rice, Shirley Climo, Pat Kite, Marisa Montes, Mary Banks, Nancy Etchemendy, Joan Arvold, Liz Penatcoff, Bobi Martin, Karen Cushman, Nancy Rains Day, Joy Hulme, and Jacquelinne White. (See the post of the 25th Anniversary of SCBWI Asilomar.)  All have many books published. So today, here is Bobbie, as a graduate of illustration, Colorado University (my bachelor's degree); a graduate of writing, SCBWI, (my master's) and a graduate in storytelling, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, (my doctorate).  At last, I'm revisiting art directors and editors of children's books by means of the web -- so, my portfolio blog.