An Artist’s View’s email Newsletter

IMG_0268      I sent out the first An Artist’s View’s email newsletter this morning. Did you get yours?

Being a subscriber means you’ll be the FIRST to see new images, even before they are released to the public. You’ll be given first opportunity at limited editions, and be able to purchase these images at a special discounted rate. And….did I mention……IT IS FREE!

You’ll also hear the Behind the Scenes Stories about the creative process and get some free things along the way that will not be offered to non-subscibers.

This month highlights:

The new fall image and some photoshop secrets on it’s creation.

You’ll read about what’s going on behind the scenes of both my books, Second Glances and Adventures Through the Enchanted Door.

A special on Note Cards just in time for the holidays.

Then, On a Personal Note, I share a few things on my most recent trip out west.

Don’t be left out! Sign up today. The Subscription  link (by Benchmark) is on the side panel on this page. Or you may sign up from my website.

Have a great day!

Ann

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Last Day for sale!

Lily Ann wpQueen 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!

Ann

http://www.anartistview.net/The%20Enchanted%20Door.html

PS…..check out my other blog  http://secondglances.net/ and discover some ordinary images of ordinary things, that is, until you take that second glance. Another division of An Artist View

 

Today’s the day! Hideaway Hilda’s book release is here!

Hilda-wp-cover2   Order your copy of Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share today through Oct. 17th and receive 15% off the regular price.

Hideaway Hilda is the second book in the series Adventures Through the Enchanted Door, Dawson and Avery meet the Fairies.

Children will delight in the adventures of Dawson and Avery as they discover fairies are living in their grandmothers garden.

All copies ordered this week will be personally hand signed. Be sure to email me any special instructions as to whose name I will be writing to. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Follow this link to my webpage to order.   http://www.anartistview.net/The%20Enchanted%20Door.html

Thank you in advance!  Ann

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Expanding the story

art supplies  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!

Ann

http://www.AnArtistView.net

Save 15% off Hideaway Hilda this friday Oct 10th – Oct 17th only.

 

Inspiring a child’s imagination

IMG_2587   I begin this morning by telling you about writing for my grand kids. Let me begin by saying that I’m an artist first and the writing of the stories began because of playing with the kids. Being a grand parent is the perfect excuse to play once again without everyone thinking you just lost your mind.

It all started one day as we were playing with play doah. It was then that I realized that kids don’t really know what to do with the stuff until you actually show them. We started making little things and it grew into bigger things. It was amazing to see their little faces as they themselves realized they could make it into whatever their imaginations wanted. It was then that I began to push their imaginations. Making up stories and playing the “what if” game with them. It was so much fun, and not just for me. I had forgotten how much fun it was play, to imagine to dream without limits.

After they went home, the work began. I would create a world of fairies that would forever keep their imaginations growing. I created little clay fairies that held perfectly still if you looked at them. We began one day with a simple fairy trap. It was a box rigged with a string dangling from the inside from which a piece of jewelry hung. If a fairy came and tugged on the jewelry, the door would shut and the fairy trapped.  I had the kids set it up that night, lining the path with Skittles, cuz you know no one can refuse those colorful candies. Come sunrise those kids  were out the door before I knew it. They had trapped their first fairy. Then two.  And so the stories began and more fairies had to be made.

The fairies are the first things they look for when they come over now as the fairies never do seem to stay in one spot and the children always want to put them back into the aquarium village where they have there inside home. I wonder how long this wonderful game will last. Will the kids begin to make up there own stories? Will they still be looking for the fairies when they get older? And maybe not want to admit they are?  As for me, I know I’ll keep it up as long as they do. Maybe even let them weave the stories by the kid’s imaginations.  Will they eventually begin to write there own stories? Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know.

Have a creative day!

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15% off the Enchanted Door books this friday, Oct 10th – 17th.  Save even more when you buy both books.

 

Free Kids Activities and Drawing Lessons

Three more days and I’m just a scrambling. Not procrastinating mind you, just adding one more thing after one more thing.artist palette

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!

Ann

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

The date is set! Hideaway Hilda is coming this Friday, Oct. 10th!

Hilda-wp-cover2  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.

Thank you!

Ann

http://www.anartistview.net

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