Wednesday, April 28, 2021

 Recently I was contacted by a firm in the UK that specializes in wall murals and prints. 

Here is a link to the images that I have contributed to the site.

Azutura.... displays





Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 Once in a while I have time for creating a book of my own. I approach this very carefully because I always want it to be something both children and adults will enjoy.

The story of Bjorn and Refur is retold from an old Norse legend. Today bears have short tails. They are rather stumpy and insignificant. But of course that is not the whole story.  Once, long ago, they had great, bushy, luxurious tails.  Bjorn, the bear, and Refur the sly fox have an encounter that leads to consequences for the bear.  

I am not saying Bjorn was stupid, or anything like that. He was simply so trusting and hungry that he was easily fooled by the lie that the fox told.

The book, Bjorn and Refur, should delight young and old.  It should be out by Spring of 2021.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 New this year is the launch of my imprint "Carrot Flower Books" These are the books that I havewritten and also illustrated. They are designed for the young readers and those who may still need a book that needs no words to explain.  I like to create a story that once heard can enable a child to "read" alone just by looking at the pictures. That being said, reading to your child is one of the great benefits of having that closeness and time for bonding. Reading to your child, taking your child to the library ... virtual or otherwise... is one key to learning and development.


New in the little store on my website is:  Maxwell and the Very Big Cookie.

Maxwell is one of the hungriest piglets on farmer Bruce's farm.


He likes to sleep late! But that can be a problem for a hungry piglet. When he missed breakfast entirely, the farmer's wife gives Maxwell a BIG cookie. That is only the beginning of his problems.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lenoxx ~ Creating the Book ~ Printing and Publishing

Creating a book from start to the finished stages and having it in your hand is a very rewarding experience. But it is work!

The ideas I had were formed into text and word after word had to be examined. Do I need it? Can I do without it? I needed to remind myself that the best picture books can tell a story with the fewest or no words at all.

When I began the Lenoxx book it was in rhyme, not very good rhyme, and far too long for a picture book. Over several years, I wrote and rewrote and sketched and discarded many pages. When I thought I was ready I used a layout program to piece it all together.  In Design allowed me to view the pace of the text, change it where it needed to be changed, and/or cut out portions.

Once I was truly satisfied with the text, I began the long process of creating the images that had
been dancing in my mind for years.  Of course, some images needed to be revised to match the newer text, and vice versa. Sometimes the images dictated newer text changes. That is the beauty of using a layout program, at least for me, so that I can see the progress in real time.

Having finally finished all the illustrations and reading through the entire layout program, I realized that the reader might find a gap within some of the pages and the story telling. New illustrations and a bit of text needed to be inserted to solve that issue.

Once ready, the layout was converted to a PDF ready for printing. I submitted that to a printer, and once the files were uploaded and approved I had a chance to review all of the work before allowing it to be printed and distributed.

The book is done and out there now and time will tell if it is enjoyed as it is meant to be.
I still have the original pencil sketches from years ago and did use them as reference for the new full color illustrations.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Working as an author/illustrator has many challenges.

.....hopefully flying into your neighborhood soon.

Working on a new book... this is the longest I have ever spent trying to finish my own work. Each time I get started, a new assignment comes along.
I am always happy for new work, but in between those great opportunities, I really want to move along with this story.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Update to Website

Some things are working and some are not. But as I try to figure out the problems I will keep at it.

I really want to add the STORE page, but right now the server is not cooperating.  Of course that could mean I need to approach the learning curve differently.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NEW BOOK ~ FLY BUTTERFLY by Brian Halla



Fly Butterfly by Brian Halla is the true story of the newest adventure of the twins, Gabe and Abby.
Their story involves the friendship with a caterpillar and the days that follow.  As they search for their friend, "Buster" they witness the changes that take place in the life cycle of a Black Swallowtail.
A dangerous situation for the newly emerged butterfly involves a timely rescue and successful release.

The book will be released through Amazon.com and other outlets as well as in your independent bookstore. The ISBN  978-0-692-78023-7 or the title will be enough for your bookseller to find the book.