It’s fall planting time in the veggie garden! And time for a little gouache in the studio.

-Amy

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I’m celebrating the release of the third book in the Anna Wang series! The Year of the Fortune Cookie, by Andrea Cheng, HMH Books for Young Readers. Like the first two books, this one is also a Junior Library Guild Selection.
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I found a felt fortune cookie craft project on Martha Stewart’s site and just had to give it a try. It worked! Next I’ll try baking some real fortune cookies using the recipe that’s included at the end of the book. Wish me luck!

I've got about 500 projects that I genuinely want to do. I work on art 4-10 hours a day. I find myself hopping from one project to another, but am not sure this is doing me any favors. How do you choose what to prioritize and what to let go for now when nothing is screaming out you (and everything is screaming at you)?

Asked by
hallierosetaylor

We definitely understand that overwhelming feeling of having so many ideas, jobs, and personal projects going on at the same time! I think the best way to prioritize is first, by what needs to be created for someone else, and then after that, what your portfolio needs the most. Personal preference definitely comes into play, but I don’t like to be at the same stage on more than 2 or 3 projects at the same time, if possible. However, being at different stages (sketches, planning, drawing, painting, editing, etc.) for different ones may allow for less confusion and clutter in your brain, since each will be so different. Hope this helps!
—Your Girll, 
Caitlin

Spider-man’s identity uncovered “Elsa”!
My nephew’s favorite character have been Spider-man as long as I can remember, but lately he has been obsessed with frozen, so I told him that Spider-man’s real identity was Elsa not Peter Parker. 
He is 4 years old, at the beginning he didn’t believe me, but a few days after I send him this illustration, he ask his mom for the movie where Spider-man is Elsa, the one aunt Luz Marie’s sent to him. LOL!
-Luz Marie. High-res

Spider-man’s identity uncovered “Elsa”!

My nephew’s favorite character have been Spider-man as long as I can remember, but lately he has been obsessed with frozen, so I told him that Spider-man’s real identity was Elsa not Peter Parker. 

He is 4 years old, at the beginning he didn’t believe me, but a few days after I send him this illustration, he ask his mom for the movie where Spider-man is Elsa, the one aunt Luz Marie’s sent to him. LOL!

-Luz Marie.

Sketching bugs and plants with Junior Rangers

It doesn’t matter how well you draw. Sketching from life enhances enjoyment and appreciation of our world by heightening observation.

Hence our Junior Ranger Expedition in Davy Crockett National Forest! I had the pleasure of escorting three young family members on a hike in the East Texas Piney Woods. All three were already National Park Junior Rangers—-two from Grand Teton in Wyoming, one from Hurricane Ridge in Washington state—-so they’re veterans.

Junior Rangers sketched a cute grasshopper and a toadstool, and did multiple leaf-rubbings. I sketched a tree stump, a butterfly, and a blob of spit-looking stuff with a larva inside that I later learned was a spittlebug. We saw many tube-shaped spiderwebs too, and our research showed us that they were spun by funnel-web spiders.

I can’t wait for another expedition!

Lalena