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.
At last, with the improvements of the web have made the cut-paste illustations into a book for preview. Plan to send to friends as a birthday card! Will tell where you can find and buy for your friend soon! Maybe a small video will do. Need to study more. Can also see on youtude, Surprise in cut paper.
This was my first ART Show in year 1990, WOW! This show was in a friend's backyard 22 years ago.
Soon in 2015, I am having another Art Show in my OakGrove Yard through ProART --> showing a life of work: paintings, drawings, published and hand made 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 impression or abstract expressing in play, while living as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend with all the in-betweens.
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?
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
and Tracy Lewis,
This illustration is from my first cut paper draft from Surprise and used for my business cards as clip art to send to editors and art editors. The gifts were my graditude to those who helped me. The star is for the next year of success.
I am a dreamer, a story-maker. Once, by drawing, illustrating, paintings, next by wording written story, then by using spoken words to tell a story. Now all talents to create the best story. All are important for audiences.