I’ve just come back from an amazing week at Squam Art Workshops. It was a whirlwind of creativity, basically a summer camp for grownups, where we got to learn new techniques and skills from some incredibly gifted and generous teachers. I was lucky enough to have classes with Jared Flood, Jen Lee, Rebecca Ringquist, Denny McMillan, and Cal Patch. I also met amazing, talented women from all over the country, several of whom became fast friends. I’ve returned somewhat reluctantly to regular life now, but I have some great inspiration and motivation.
While driving home, I had a lot of time to think. And I’ve decided that while I loved making “I’m Not Afraid of Snakes,” I’m interested right now in telling some different stories. More adult ones, about the hard lessons we learn, and the pleasant surprises we find in the darkest hours. BUT, I love making illustrations, and watching how my written story morphs and evolves when put into images, and vice versa. So I have decided to start a new project – a series of illustrated essays. Sometimes I’ll just do one image, other times there will be several. To get the ball rolling – I posted a new page under “Writing” – this is the first essay, “Ease On Down the Road,“ about my journey to New Hampshire, and the lessons I learned along the way. I hope you enjoy it.