A few weeks ago I received the honor of a lifetime: to illustrate the cover of the Children’s issue of the New York Times Book Review! I was given free reign and enjoyed every minute of it. For those of you who missed it in the issue this past weekend, fear not! The artwork is available now as a limited edition gicleé print.
At long last, signed gicleé prints from Journey are now available through Square Marketplace. Each limited edition print is signed and numbered by yours truly and are full bleed - meaning you get to see into the margins past where the images were cropped for the book. Archival ink and high quality paper stock - the colors came out more vibrant than I could have imagined and I’m very excited to share these with you all.
The window won’t open.You push.You pull.You angle your wrist in upside-down corners, blindly hoping for leverage.In desperation, you bang on the sill.And something budges.At first a barely audible crack, of which you’re only halfway vested in.But then the window opens: a full blown gateway to fresh air.
Lately around our house, a lot of windows have been opening. It’s late fall here in western Massachusetts; not necessarily the time to make a habit of this. But after all, these are metaphorical windows, and metaphorical windows are always good to open.
About a month ago now, my wife, after ten years with a well regarded environmental non-profit, was laid off. It came as a shock at first. But the window is open now. Our three year old daughter has time with Mom. We have our evenings back; the demanding boss relegated now to his own private misery. My book career is finally getting some legs, and for the first time since becoming parents, we can actually handle this sort of setback. This, in stark contrast to the time three years ago when I lost my job with Disney after a CEO’s decision to shut down an entire company overnight; our daughter barely a month old. Even back then, though I didn’t know it at the time, a proverbial door (or was it a window?) had opened, giving me space to finally pursue my dream of creating a children’s book.
And then there’s this. Just yesterday, I made the call to put off a book project I’ve been struggling with for over a year now in favor of devoting more time to the one that was closer to my heart and next on my list. For months, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been getting nowhere with each edit taking me further away from what I was searching for. Ironically, now that I’ve shelved the project, I’m suddenly getting a ridiculous amount of work done – the pressure is finally off. I’ve taken care of long-neglected correspondences, cleaned my office, figured out e-commerce for selling prints, gone on long walks with fellow illustrators. At long last, the window is open.
For those who missed the Journey original artwork show here in Amherst, there are a few items left for sale. The gallery can arrange to ship the framed pieces. Check out my website’s shop to see what’s left!
This coming Saturday (10/12), a short documentary about the making of “Journey” will premiere at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! I’ll also be reading the book and signing copies, as well as taking the stage as I lead young and old alike along on an adventure into the imagination. If you’re anywhere nearby, come by!!!