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Alicia Schwab created the 2019 image for all our Minnesota SCBWI social media sites (SCBWIFacebook, Twitter and our Postcard blog). I hand-made the type as well. And I used my digital illustration skills to crop and resize the type in the design of each format. Every social media site has different image size requirements which makes it tricky to design and illustrate an image to be used across several sites. Enjoy!

2014 LA SCBWI Conference

Soon I will be heading to the 2014 SCBWI Conference in LA #LA14SCBWI to toot my own horn. It will be fun to see all your familiar faces and meet new ones. I enjoy to learn and grow as an author/illustrator. See you there!

Gardening nightmares

     If any of you garden, you know that well, sometimes a plant can grow "out of control". Gardening is a passion of mine, and while I don't really mind taming the green little beasts that grow from time to time. I am sometimes taken back by how certain plants take over more aggressively than others.
     Do they have a mind of their own? Probably not, but some plants so are well equipped at taking over they even manage to get us to help them (i.e. the dandelion, the apple tree, and the tulip).
     You may be surprised or confused at my choices of plants. But the dandelion loves groomed grass lawns. Every time we mow them down we generously spread their seeds that blow over into our neighbor's yard.
     The apple tree entices us so much with it's sweet aroma that we have moved it far from it's native home in central Asia across the vast oceans to new continents. The little apple seed would never be able to accomplish such a journey without our help.
     The tulip was a surprise to myself until I learned it's history. Back in the heyday of the Netherlands when the Dutch were creating a lot of commerce from overseas trading. The tulip bulb became a status symbol for every well-to-do person to have in their garden. The price of a single bulb sky rocketed. People kept spending more and more money on them because it was the must-have of the time. That is, until the market crashed. The bulb strain became prone to disease and the flowers were not able to withstand the pressure they were under to perform their floral duties. The Netherlands literally fell into crisis. They are still very well known for their beautiful tulips today. And they take their management of this commodity very seriously.


I have gotten some nice compliments on the piece of art I am using to advertise my show.  It is a piece I did a couple of years ago, but am still very fond of.  So I have been wracking my brain to come up with a complimentary idea.

Sometimes the ideas come in a wink of an eye and other times I have to excavate down deep in my brain to find it. Like a prospector spending hours panning through material to find one tiny fleck of gold.

I haven't yet decided if the animal in the middle is a pig or a bear.  Above is a floppy-eared bunny and the duck is putting the star on the tree.

Today is DAY 30 of my 30-day-challenge. I am not sure if I proved anything other than that I can't count! -just kidding... I missed a few days so there are a few posts missing.  On the bright side is has gotten me to draw and write almost everyday.  No harm in that! Check out the other challengers' blogs: Sara WeingartnerBarb Björnson and Nina Crittenden.