Hope you had a nice weekend! We spent yesterday in the garden harvesting more veggies and closing down the garden. Spread thousands of wildflower seeds all around our land and played soccer with friends. It was premo Fall weather. No choice but to be outside.

And this morning I’m refreshed and back in the studio painting. I’ve been having so much fun working on my new kid’s book. While I can’t share any finished illos, I thought I’d share a small glimpse of my wall, collaged with things I’ve collected to inspire me. It is so fun to watch this book come to life. It’s somewhat of a mystery even to me — until it’s finished.

I love to surround myself with all these patterns, colors, and imagery, but when I paint, I sorta zone it all out and just play. Then, it’s like, I’m on my own, to make my own decisions. It has to arise as it will, doesn’t it? In my head and through my hands and eyes — no matter what is dancing all around me. Also, it’s kinda funny, but as the characters come alive, they seem to take charge, and I’m more along for the ride!

Other fun inspiration: MUSIC: Bon Iver, READING: The Red Tent, ART: Indian Matchbook Art, and PAINTINGS: SaraJo Frieden’s “Let’s Get Lost”.