Queen Lily Ann just wants to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% off the cover price of Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share.
It’s been a very good week for us and we all hope you will stay tuned to see the upcoming adventures, art lessons, free drawing pages, and games. Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for the full behind the scene stories, the progress on the creation of the fairy gardens and much, much more to come.
Thank you again!
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I’ve started comparing story telling to making up a lie. You start with this little character. Then you need to expand on that character to make it true. What is his name, where does he live, what does he do and why does he do it. The story is really coming alive now and I see no turning back. It is part of my life now. Apart I don’t want to let go. Those little characters are becoming my truth, my friends.
I’m at that point now where I need to start expanding on the small things I’ve started around here for the kids. Like the Enchanted door I built and installed in the garden house. Or the little decorated aquarium in my living room where the fairies live all winter. These will be my upcoming winter’s project. I’ll be making fairy homes and Hilda’s nest for the gardens. Sculpting new characters and updating the older ones. I will be filling my spare time with imagination and fun. I can’t wait to get started. But first I have some more chores to do. Like fall cleaning in the gardens.
Stay with me and I’ll keep you posted on the progress of The Adventures Through The Enchanted Door.
Have a creative day!
Save 15% off Hideaway Hilda this friday Oct 10th – Oct 17th only.
Three more days and I’m just a scrambling. Not procrastinating mind you, just adding one more thing after one more thing.
What am I up to you ask? Well, as a grandmother, you can never have enough things to keep the kids busy so I’ve created a few fun activities pages where you will be able to print out free Meet the Character coloring pages, dot to dot, maze and word search games. And most of all, I’m starting to offer free drawing lessons for the kids. these will all be available this coming Friday, Oct. 10th on my website, http://www.anartistview.net . They will be geared towards kids Pre K to 3rd grade. Very simple and easy to follow along. I’ll be adding more every month so be sure to check back. I plan on making lessons for the adults later. Sign up for the newsletter for more details.
By the way, Thanks for the responses yesterday. Although I prefer an actual book over and electronic device, I’ll be sure to look into making the kindle version work. As well as offer them online as well as at my local bookstore.
There is plenty more for me to do today so until tomorrow!
Don’t miss out on the opening day special!
Order your copies of the new Hideaway Hilda children’s book and you’ll receive 15% off the cover price, Oct 10 – 17th only at http://www.anartistview.net
Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share is the second in the Adventures Through the Enchanted Door Series and is set to be released this coming Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
The idea for Hilda came about as I was doing some weeding in my backyard gardens. There seems to be a few hawks that live close by and who frequently check out my bird feeder. The hawk perched itself upon the top of the garden house where just a few feet under it stood the little clay fairies stood on the porch railing awaiting the kids to come and find them. My imagination immediately took over and from there the story began. The hawk, Hilda, was now a hoarder instead of a hunter and the kids were the prize she wanted for her collection.
It’s been a long fourteen months of writing, rewriting, editing, and illustrating. I’ve learned a new respect for writers and illustrators. My determination and concentration are getting better. You can’t be a flighty artist and stay focused this long. I’ve certainly enjoy the process although there were many times I could have just given up if it weren’t for my precious grand kids Dawson and Avery, asking what was going to happen next.
Now I have a question I need your help with. When you want to purchase a book, do you buy from a store or a website? If you could just give me a simple reply I would greatly appreciate it.
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Remember Mary Poppins? A spoon full of sugar? They always make me smile. And then I wonder how many other stories have impacted my life. Just last night as I was thinking of all the new and exciting things that I want to do with An Artist’s View, I naturally just blurted out, ” The winds are changing”. Now I’m sure that is not exactly what the guys on the roof were saying but it didn’t stop my imagination from picturing them on the roof watching to see what was coming their way.
I personally relate more to Alice in Wonderland, myself. “Why sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Always imaging, always playing. I swear I learned all of life’s lessons within those few short innocent years of childhood. Lessons that will forever be repeated throughout the rest of my life. And now that I cascade through the creative journey, weaving the web of the series, Adventures Through the Enchanted Door, I try keeping this in mind. As I write these stories for my grandchildren I often wonder what will be trapped and repeated throughout their lives. I can only hope it’s a good thing.
Update on Hideaway Hilda. Well….editing is taking a little longer than I had planned. Another proof book delivered yesterday and another proof book will be ordered again today as just one little letter didn’t show up where it belonged. And so the story goes….
Also I will be adding a opt in on my web page for collecting emails so I will be able to connect a little closer to those who wish to receive emails with specials and inside glimpses on the behind the scenes of An Artist’s View. Free giveaways, private lessons and all sorts of other things that will not be available on any of my blogs.
I’ve got my hands a little full with juggling the marketing right now, so stay tuned for more for the best is yet to come.
“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”
The two new friends began their journey through the tall field grass. Chatting and laughing as they went. Avery caught a red feather that floated down in front of them. Neither of them seeing the slow moving shadow creeping up behind them. The darkness ended their carefree conversation. It was now circling them on the ground. Avery and Sadie stood perfectly still. They could hear a swooshing sound and it was getting louder.
Hideaway Hilda Hawkins would take whatever she wanted. Until the day she took Avery.
After nearly eight months, it’s finally coming to an end. Now for the editing and final arrangements.
Coming this July!!!!
Preorders will be available in late June.
Well this took me just a little longer than I thought. But I think it was worth the extra effort. This week I heard another artist say that most of us say done way too fast. I think they were right.
Now off to chapter 4 before my motivation runs out.
Have fun with your art.
I believe this has been the hardest image I’ve ever had to do. You see, Dawson is my grandson and he is only 5 and if I don’t get his approval, I dare say I may forever damage the kids ego and become the worst grandma ever. You talk about pressure! Anyways, after days and days of changes, I’m pretty much done. His eyes will have to stay a little bigger than normal since all things are not quite as they are in the fairy world. I’ll let you know if I get his OK or not.
Fielder is teaching Dawson how to shoot his sling shot. It takes a lot of rocks and a lot of practice.
I really liked how the smudge tool is working on the skin. Only I can see I’ll have to go back over it with a little bit of the grain filter to tone down the smudginess just a little bit. I’ll leave the highlights and deep shadows for last. Then add the grain.
This week I’ll be working on Fielder, our little Elf.
Put that imagination to work!
Wow, it seems like forever since I had the time to blog. My computer died on me and I had to replace it. I wouldn’t be so bad if all you had to do was plug in and go put it’s all those other things that hold you back. Like making sure the external hard drive will work with the new computer, reinstalling all my favorite programs and resetting all my personal settings. It’s such an disruption I just dread it every time. When something is working, I most often say, leave it alone. But now that I’ve got everything set back up again I say, Thank God I did.
I did something I swore I wouldn’t do. I signed up for adobe creative suite. And I have to admit. I really like it. Only now there are so many new cool things with all my usual programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamworks and Illustrator that I’m praying for lots of snow this winter just so I can spend more time huddled up in my studio at home playing and learning all the bells and whistles that are new since creative suite 3 hit the scene. I’m sure it will help with the new images I’ll be doing for my upcoming book.
Speaking of which……
I finally got a chance to work on the cover a little more. This time I’ve added the branches for the nest, some more definition on the wings and inserted a background. My next step will be to finish defining the wings and shadows of the objects in the nest.
Until next time…..
Praying for snow.
Listen up everyone! Special announcement!!
Memmey got this beautiful blue ribbon at The Tawas Bay Art Show for our book Adventures Through The Enchanted Door!
This calls for a celebration so let’s all spend the day dancing amongst the purple cone flowers! Yippee!
The dancing Queen Lily Ann