Stay on target.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Dear Third-grade Self,
Hey! You know those books that you’re always checking out from the school library? The mouse with the motorcycle, that precocious girl named Ramona, etc.? Yeah, the Beverly Cleary books! Well, someday you’ll grow up to be a published author, and then Ms. Cleary’s very first books will get reissued with their original illustrations. And YOU’LL be asked to write one of the forewords, along with an esteemed group of some fantastic contemporary writers and illustrators.
So keep reading! And writing. And drawing...
Your Grown-up Self
Monday, December 11, 2017
I played the part of Train Conductor at Santa’s Train Display at Look Park over the weekend. A father and son approached me at the train display. The father told me that he had heard that the author of the Lunch Lady books would be at the event. In my old-timey conductor voice, I confirmed that yes, Jarrett was here. The father asked where. I told him, “Oh, he keeps comin’ in and out ‘round this area.” The father was disappointed. He had thought maybe Jarrett would be set up with a table or something. I told them that I was good friends with Jarrett and I’d be happy to pass along any messages. The dad looked at me and told me about how his son really loved the Lunch Lady books—they really hooked him onto reading. I smiled and told him that was a wonderful story. Then the dad looked at me and said, “Wait. Are you? Are you Jarrett?” I thought the dad was just playing along, but he wasn’t. And then we all had a good laugh.
Here are some more scenes from Santa’s Train Display at Look Park! Open from 4-8 every day until Dec. 23, with limited hours on Dec. 24. I’ll be back this season in the capacity as dad, but I’ll be back as conductor for another night next year!
Such a fun time donning the Mother Ginger wig and being a part of the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker!
On my walk over to the theater, I stopped by the local art supply shop and bought a fresh sketchbook and a new brush pen. Here are some of the sketches that I made from both backstage in the green room and from the wings of the stage:
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Um....so this is the best ever. I love seeing this kid’s reaction! The Sketch-a-Thon was a HUGE success and we raised enough money to award over a dozen art courses at the Worcester Art Museum! We’ll do it again next year with even more special guests and we’ll also simulcast on YouTube. (Working on archiving this year’s Sketch-a-Thon on that platform now.)