Thursday, April 30, 2015

CT + 6 at the West Hartford Art Leauge

A Pair of Koi 2015               j. c. phillipps
This last weekend was the opening of the CT + 6 Show at the West Hartford Art League.  I don't usually enter too many art shows - I'm too busy with book projects.  But this year I had some time and I thought it is good to have small goals (like one piece in a show) rather than trying to make a bunch of stuff at once for the November Open Studio.  So I painted some koi.

I did a nice big one that I am very happy with.  (Above.)  Although I must confess that I've painted so many koi fish that I'm running out of decent names for them.  Often I have to include the year.  :)

The show, which features art from artists all over New England and New York, was fabulous.  Beautiful works that I barely got to see because it was so dang crowded. 

"Too crowded" is a good problem for an art opening.  But it did mean I couldn't linger on any one piece for too long. But that was a bonus for the men that I dragged along with me.  I, smartly, packed a frisbee so they could ditch if I found myself chatting with someone.  However, it was too crowded even for that.

Some beautiful art was seen, a cupcake was eaten, a frisbee was thrown, and then we left.

The piece above,  The Game by Elisabeth McBrien, won Best in Show.  I agree.  It's a stunning piece that my photograph doesn't really capture.

If you're in the West Hartford, CT area, come check out the show!

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The New York Day

Last week, I had a meeting in New York with an editor.  Normally, when I go into the city, I have finished a project and am taking the art in.  No so this time.  I had an editor interested in two projects, but this was a pre-contract meeting.  In my mind it was a "Let's see if Julie is a freak" meeting.  But, I don't really know.

Mike dropped me off at the Hartford bus station at 9:40 and I got on a swanky Peter Pan bus.  I was psyched to see it had outlets between the seats because I planned to spend the trip watching Outlander on my Macbook and I was worried about the battery running out on the way home.

I would have plugged in, but my seatmate was sitting in a way that had her foot covering the outlet.  Since I was at 100% charged, I figured I'd charge up on the ride home.

We got into Port Authority Bus Terminal in NY around 12:45.  It's sad to me that I know my way around Port Authority pretty well.  But I am pleased to report that they keep the bathrooms very clean down there.

I hopped a train and made my way to Washington Square.  It was a GORGEOUS DAY!  If I hadn't been meeting my wonderful agent, Scott Treimel, for lunch, I could have picked up something from a market and just sat in the square.  But we walked and lunched and chatted about all things picture book and publishing and got me ready for my meeting.

My awesome agent, Scott Treimel

After lunch, Scott walked me over to Scholastic.

I wasn't nervous.  I'm good in one-on-one meetings, if the other person is friendly - and the editor certainly was.  (I'm horrible in cocktail party/networking situations.  Please don't make me go to those.)  Project One was pretty polished and the editor only had a few line note suggestions - which were fine by me.  Project Two needed more work.  (That's actually what I'm working on today.)

Sitting with Harry Potter in the Scholastic offices.
Then it was back on the train, back to the train station, and back on the 4:30 bus to Hartford - which DID NOT have outlets.  Bummer.

It was a looooong ride home.  The bus creeped through Manhattan.  But I did get another 2 episodes of Outlander into my brain.  (Now, of course, I'm enjoying talking to myself in a poor Scottish brogue.) By 8pm, I was home.  And by 8:10 I was on the couch watching Survivor with Magoo.

6.25 hours on a bus in one day is not my idea of a good time, but it was work and it was worth it.

It will be awhile before I hear about Project One.  Even when editors love a project, they still have to take them through their publisher's acquisition process, and I hear that Scholastic's can be a bear.  But IF Project One gets picked up by Scholastic and IF someday that book winds up in a Scholastic book order form, then I'm going to frame that book order form, because that, my friends, will be very exciting to me.

I'll keep you posted!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bunnies & Blooms

Saturday was our artists group event, Bunnies & Blooms, and it couldn't have gone better.  If you don't know, Bunnies & Blooms has been something we at the WeHa Artists Emporium have been planning for a couple months.  Six local artists, including myself, have been making bunny and bloom themed art to hide in town on Saturday.  People knew it was happening, but the location was secret until the day of the event.

At 7am, the hiders: Stefanie, Megan, Hannah, Magoo and I gathered in the town center and hid the goodies all around.  Since I had 100 little clay bunnies, it took me and my helper a little over an hour to hide them all.

Here are some shots of art in the wild:
Bloom by Stefanie Marco, Soft Bunny by me, Bloom Bowl by Hannan Dunnack Jackson, Clay Bunny by me
At 9am, I posted the location of the event and got back in my car to go back into town and check it out.  Stefanie was a great papparazzi, running up to anyone with a bunny or bloom and getting a shot.
By 9:45 I think it was all over.   Blooms and Bunnies had been claimed!

Lucky bunny and bloom finders.  Photos by Stefanie Marco.

It was a GORGEOUS day - one of the first nice Saturdays of 2015.  People were so happy to be out with the family finding goodies.  And it was nice to run into some friends as well!

My friend, Adrian, and her daughter both found some treasures.
Bunnies & Blooms was such a fun event.  If you want to see more pics, check out Stefanie's Bunnies & Blooms album on Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Happy Spring!