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Open Studio 2015!

 

NANCY DONIGER will be participating in

THE PARK SLOPE WINDSOR TERRACE ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS 2015

Her studio will be open 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 FROM 12 TO 6PM

and  SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8 FROM 12 TO 4 PM

click HERE for the address and more info!

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

Birds!

Sculptor, Eric Jacobson, and I will be selling painted metal birds at the NY Creates crafts fair this Saturday, December 6th. The "bird collection" is our first collaboration.

painted metal bird ornament

We worked together on shape ideas and settled on 3 variations. Next Eric cut and manipulated aluminum into the "folded" birds, then sanded and primed them. I painted each bird with different patterns using a pallette of primary colors + a bright green. Each bird is unique. Eric finished the birds with varnish, cut tiny holes in the balancing points, and inserted copper wire for hanging the critters.

Eric will also be selling and taking orders for hand made steel pot racks.  

The craft fair will be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street @ Clinton Street. (See the link below- they used our sample in the press release.)  Please note:  The fair is Saturday AND Sunday, but we will only be there on Saturday.

Stop by if you can, admission is free! 
 
 

 

Open Studio

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 I will be participating in the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists OPEN STUDIOS Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th from Noon to 7 pm. I will be exhibiting and selling original art, digital and hand pulled prints, children's books, political art, and notecards. The image on the invitation below is one of my new works.  Come by for a look and a chat! 

For PSWT Artist list and Map go HERE

  studio tour invite

 

 

Two Illustrations for the New York Times

I created two illustrations for the New York Times, so far this spring.  They were both RUSH jobs, and got my adreneline working.  Good for my heart! The first one, about Coop and Condo owners faced with losing tax abatements, ran on March 31st in the Real Estate Section.  

The second illustration was for the Style section, on Thursday April 25.  It was about an app called Tinder, that lets users find potential 'dates' near their location! Very popular with 20 somethings, they say.  (Being older than 30... I hadn't known.)

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, the flowers are blooming and the pollen is flying.  I take studio breaks in my little garden with my dog.  He watches squirrels (avidly) and I enjoy the sun on my face.  Spring in Brooklyn always feels well earned, after the winter.  Now, back to work!

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Big Thing!

The Next Big Thing! Is a blog tour that gives authors and illustrators a chance to share their work, and then tag others to share theirs.  Each blogger answers the same ten questions. The tour started in Australia, and has spread worldwide.  I was ‘tagged’ by the wonderful artist and author, Melissa Iwai.  Please check out her blog www.thehungryartist.wordpress.com.  It includes posts about her artwork and about cooking.  She illustrated her latest book, Truck Stop, with lovely cut and painted paper collages.  Melissa and I met at an Illustrators’ Lunch Group meeting, in NYC.  At the end of this post, I will tag two more Children’s Book Illustrators, for your next stops on the tour.  And now, the ten questions!

1) What is the working title of your next book?

The working title of the book I’m developing at the moment, is Grandma Anna; The Lady in the Moon.  It is filled with buttons and family stories.  But I will be talking here about my latest published book Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word.  The book was written by Bob Raczka and it has just come out in paperback.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/illustrations?

Bob Raczka can tell you where the idea for the book came from.  The inspiration for the illustrations comes from the playfulness of Bob’s poems. For example, his poem titled Breakfast: "after rest, eat fast as a beast.” I had fun thinking of a child eating breakfast like a 'beast.’  I imagined a boy chowing down, with his dog watching him.  Is the dog shocked, or waiting for his turn?

3) What genre does your book fall under?

This is both a book of puzzles or riddles, and also a book of poetry for children.  Children in third through fifth grades will have fun figuring out the poem ‘puzzles’, as well as enjoying the sound and content of the poems.

The ‘puzzle part’ is that each letter of the poem is located under its place in the title, instead of being clustered together as words. (You kinda have to see it to understand!) The reader must sound out the letters to figure out how where the words start and stop.  The ‘answer’ to the puzzle, the poem written out in the traditional way, is a page turn away.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition of the book?

I would choose a class full of children from the local public school, PS 10, to play the characters in a movie rendition of Lemonade. My house is only a block away from the school.  I hear the sound of recess bells and the children playing each day, just like the children in the poems.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Using only the letters from a single word, each of the poems in this collection captures a scene from daily life and presents a puzzle to solve.

6) Who is publishing your book?

Roaring Brook Press published the hard cover of the book.  Square Fish, another imprint of Macmillan, published the paperback version.

7) How long did it take you to llustrate or write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took 4 months to create the illustrations for Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. First, I made a lot of pencil sketches for each poem.  Then I painted each image several times, in order to get a version that was simple but lively. The images are painted with black ink and wash and red watercolor wash.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

The books of poetry that I remember most from my own childhood, were those of A. A. Milne,  When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six. The poems are simple and beautiful, and express the wonder of being a young child. I loved hearing them read to me.  The children in the poems of Lemonade, are of school age, but still full of play and wonder.

Another book that I illustrated; Morning Noon and Night: Poems to Fill Your Day, is also full of playful poems about children’s experiences.  It is a collection of poems by different authors, edited by Sharon Taberski.

9) Who or what inspired you to write or illustrate this book?

In addition to Bob’s poetry, my own children and their classmates inspired the illustrations in Lemonade. I have two children, both boys.  I was lucky enough to get to spend time in their elementary school classrooms, working and reading with them and their classmates. 

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Well, I hope that my illustrations add an extra layer of life and fun to reading the book, in addition to giving clues about the poems.  Another wonderful thing about the book is that it seems to inspire children to try their own hands at writing and illustrating ‘poems squeezed from a single word.’

And that is the end of the questions.  Next up for The Next Big Thing, are the artists Donna Miskend and Diane Ting Delosh. 

Click here to visit Donna Miskend’s Blog,

 

and visit Diana Ting Delosh at The Hare Illustratére.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!

This is a cut paper and digital assemblage.  Like a collage, but no glue. The shapes were cut out of a variety of papers, and then laid on the scanner.  Some were overlapped and scanned together.  Some were scanned separately brought into the piece in layers.  The little boy was cut out of rubylith film, made into an old fashioned rubber stamp- then stamped and scanned.  The process is freeing and fluid.

Here's to a happy and healthy and peaceful year for all!

Spring

It's beginning to feel like spring in Brooklyn.  So, my thoughts turn to gardening.  The bulbs from last year are starting to come up around our tree pit: daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth.  And the creeping thyme is creeping back. What better inspiration can there be than one's tree pit?  Are the areas around trees along the sidewalks of other towns and cities called 'pits' ?  Or is this a Brooklyn thing?  My gardening is sporadic at best. But I dream a busy garden life.

End of Summer

Back from the Berkshires, where we stayed in a funky blue house

at the edge of Ashmere Lake....

We did some kayaking, biking, and playing battleship with Alex. And the dog enjoyed having a yard   .

And I communed with Nature, in my own way.....

 

Welcome

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