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Blog Hope Around the World!

Blog Hop Around the World!

A few weeks ago my lovely friend and fellow Austin artist Kali Parsons invited me to join the blog hop. I was thrilled to be part of it, as showcasing artists and their art is something I’m so excited to be able to do. I am surrounded by a wealth of incredible visual artists.

I met Kali at a picture book workshop we took at the The Writing Barn here in Austin, Texas. What I love about Kali’s art is that it’s so spontaneous and joyous, but also has a wonderful symmetry and structure to it. The color sense is incredible and reminds me of loosely painted stained glass. And most of it, amazingly, is created in under 24 hours. Kali’s been doing one painting EVERY SINGLE DAY since June 2011. So therefore what emerges from Kali’s stream-of-consciousness, ever-replenishing painting well is doubly amazing. There is such an explosion of color and jubilance that seeing her paintings makes me very happy. I know that’s something many people have expressed to her.























How joyful and gorgeous are those?? Click here to view Kali’s gallery.  Most of her paintings are for sale.


On to the questions about me.

1. What am I working on?

As usual, many things. Several picture books as well as two novels, one middle grade and one young adult. The plate is full. 🙂

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

What makes it different? Hmm, possibly that I blend psychology, sometimes very concretely, with fantasy and science fiction. Even if it isn’t straight psychology, I’m always playing with psychological concepts. That’s probably my vein of gold and where my joy lies.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Another hmm. I like thinking about this, because so much about art is concrete–so much is actually a teachable science–but this isn’t necessarily. I hate to say it, but my answer to this common question really hasn’t gotten any more articulate over the years. The short answer is that I need to draw, and I need to write. Absolutely need to, and always have, since I could hold a pen. The things I draw and write help me organize my sense of the world, and allow me to explore and creatively elaborate on the subjects I’m consumed by much, much more minutely than other professions might. The longer answer might involve a break-down of guesses as to how we hoard away influences and experiences in our subconscious and weave them into pictures and stories, often without even knowing that’s what we’re doing. Regardless, if there’s a complete answer to this question, it’s somewhere out in the ether. Part of it is, anyway.

4. How does my creating process work?

Yet another hmmm. I can’t think about this without including writing, since I do so much of that, too. I’m fascinating by very structured writers–people who adhere to a certain word or page count every day. My process is much more haphazard and loose than that. I just write every day, usually for hours, until I’m tired. As fas as visual art goes, drawing is actually an incredibly intense and consuming thing for me. It might be this way for most artists, I don’t know. I prefer to begin a picture and paint all the way through to the end in one stretch, if I can. So the best art days are ones in which I can spend at least seven to ten hours on a painting, and then be finished. If I can manage that–going from sketch to finished piece in one go–that’s usually when pictures turn out the best, and when my experience with a picture is most immersive and fulfilling. I hate having to stop and start again with pictures. If I do have to stop, I prefer that the painting is nearly all the way finished.

Continue the blog hop with the following amazing artist! 

Now to feature my friend Erin Holsonback, whose photography I adore. Erin’s a freelance graphic and web designer in South Austin who has spent the last few months diving even more into her longtime love of photography. She strives to capture sincere moments without the look of being overly posed or polished. Street photography when traveling has always been a particular passion and a way to more thoroughly enjoy new places.









So, feast your eyes on even more of Erin’s incredible street photography. I love that she captures these small, poignant moments that are so intensely illustrative of, for lack of a better expression, the human experience. Some of these made me tear up. I also love the somber, muted tones of this NYC palette. Perfect.





















Thank you so much for reading and enjoying the blog hop, and for perusing some of my favorite artist’s work! Be sure to check out their websites!


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