I am working on a new scratchboard series (which I am calling INDIA INKED at the present.) Like words, art tells a story, and the fact that people display their stories on their bodies for all the world to see has always intrigued me. They are walking works of art. Many of the pieces will have surreal/evocative elements inspired by the imagery in the tattoos.
I am hooked on the adult coloring book idea. I recently finished 15 black and white fairy pen and ink illustrations for inclusion in an upcoming fairy coloring book from Fairy Magazine. I’ll post a link when it’s available.
Meanwhile, I have been enjoying doing pen and ink drawings of fairies, and have decided to create many more images. I might run a Kickstarter to raise money to print a limited edition of 900, titled THE WORLD OF FAIRIES Adult Coloring Book. I plan to do some coloring videos too, after I figure out coloring with markers! Trying out a brand called Chameleon, which are quite blendable. I also really love Verithin colored pencils by Prismacolor.
An exhibition at the Wenham Museum of over 50 original paintings from many of my fairytales, as well as my latest book A CASTLE FULL OF CATS, and THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, a Golden Book I illustrated in the 1980’s. The opening is January 23rd, but I will be in Virginia teaching and sadly won’t be there for that. However I’ll be there on March 20th from 1-3pm for a special event:
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
October 3 2016- April 3rd, 2017
I am helping to organize an exhibition at the D’Amour Museum of Art in Springfield, MA called CATS IN HATS, with over 35 New England Illustrators creating artwork on the theme to coincide with the opening of the new Dr. Seuss Museum opening.
FOR A LIMITED TIME:
I am offering a free scratchboard art card (2.25 x 3.5 or so) with any purchase of my art book, GOLDEN DREAMS. Get one before I get tired of doing them! OFFER ENDED for now.
Here are a few new illustrations for a new edition of the Golden Key, which I’ll be working to finish by the end of the summer for publication in 2016 by Eerdmans.
I plan to start and end the book wordlessly, with the faires, the guardians of the Key. In the first picture, below, the fairy is sitting with the Key on the tree stump, watching Mossy and his Great-aunt. She is assessing whether he will be the one they want to next find the key.
These are just a few of the 45 planned illustrations for the book, a Victorian fairy tale by George MacDonald.
I recently finished an assignment to create a mural of Cinderella’s coach. This took many months to complete. It is 40×60 inches. More details to come when it is installed!
Posters are available from Cafe Press, and a signed limited edition print is available in SHOPS.
A Castle Full of Cats BOOK GIVEAWAY!
To celebrate the release of my new picture book! Simply leave a short comment about why you love your cat at the bottom of this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
All comments must be posted/emailed by February 21st,
The winner will receive a signed copy of the book, inscribed with a sketch of your favorite cat (you’ll need to send me a photo)
The winner will be posted here on February 22nd
The lucky winner is Hilary Welliver for her lovely description of Julian:
“Julian waits in the window to welcome me home each day. His fur is soft and thick, and his markings form a heart on his chest. Julian purrs like a buzz saw. He has the most expressive voice. His paws smell like popcorn.”
Or order from your local independent bookseller.
They are also in Barnes and Noble
“Wouldn’t anyone be happy with a castle full of cats? “Once there was a queen / who kept a castle full of cats. / She loved the pretty ones and the plain ones, / the sweet ones and the brats.” She pampers them with abandon; everyone has fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cats are confident in her love, but they want to win the king’s, too. “They tried their best to please him / in oh-so-clever ways, / and left him charming little gifts / to brighten up his days.” (These gifts include a mouse in his shoe). They warm his chair in the morning and try to satisfy his love of music and art (with serenades at the piano and claw paintings on the walls). When he becomes upset, the queen just tells him they are only being cats. When he’s had enough, he storms off and returns with his idea of the perfect pet: a drooling bull mastiff! Could this be the end of kitty cat fun and games? Not quite…the cats love the present he’s brought them. Sanderson’s 18th-century king and queen and their adoring brood of pussycats come to life in each detailed, double-page spread watercolor. The palatial rooms and rococo decor will entrance readers, and the purring masses of cats offer plenty of humor for repeat readings Charming, expressive and surprising.” -Kirkus
“From the cover crawling with cats to the endpapers showing 37 felines, this is a cat-lover’s dream. Told in rhyming text, a bewigged and beribboned queen loves, loves, loves cats. Her affection is obvious—feline portraits and objects d’art adorn every room. However, the king’s disgruntled face shows his lack of enthusiasm for his wife’s cat-infested household. To win him over, the mousers bring him gifts of fish skeletons and dead mice. Stomping off in a huff, the king retaliates by returning with a Great Dane. Does this spell an end to the fun? No indeed, the menagerie finds the canine to be the purr-fect pal! Sanderson’s artwork depicts beautiful castle interiors filled with light and gilt and glamor. The queen and king are attired sumptuously, and each cat has its own personality with antics to match. Their various colors and breeds make for a fun romp as children can follow each one as they creep and pounce, play and snuggle, and perform mischievous tricks.”
— Lolly Gepson -Booklist
HORSE RESCUE: TREASURE is the first in a series of horse stories inspired by real horses and horse rescue facilities. TREASURE was written by my daughter, Whitney, who is the author of two books in the Random House HORSE DIARIES series–GOLDEN SUN and DARCY, which I illustrated.
A few summers ago Whitney volunteered at Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham NY, the oldest horse rescue facility in the US. She was greatly impressed by their work, especially the theraputic riding, and the field-trip programs for urban schools. Whitney decided to write a book inspired by the horses there. Like the HORSE DIARIES, this story is told from the horse’s point of view.
I was pleased to create the cover illustration for the project, based on a photo of the horse that inspired the story. Whitney generously plans to donate half her proceeds to Little Brook Farm. I encouraged her to publish using Create Space, the Amazon self-publishing arm, so she can control the price and also print books inexpensively for the farm to sell.
If you’d like a poignant read for yourself or a young horse lover, and would like to help support horses in need, here is the link to ORDER THE BOOK.
NOTE: If you purchase TREASURE on Amazon along with either of her other books, DARCY and GOLDEN SUN, which I illustrated, people who buy those on Amazon in the future will see TREASURE listed and more people will find out about it. Since this is self-published, that and social media/word of mouth will be the best ways for people to find out the book exists.
If you are interested in a digital copy — Here is a link to a Kindle version.
In 1977 I painted the very first paperback cover for the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. These were my favorite books growing up, along with fairy tales, of course. I was thrilled to meet Mr. Farley in New York at the publisher’s office at Random House, and he offered to take me to the racetrack to do research and take photos. I was right out of art school and very shy, and I regret to this day I never took him up on the offer.
For fans of the Black, I offer limited editions prints of this iconic picture in the Prints section of my Shops, and I’ve just added a $20 high-gloss poster on my CafePress Store.
This is lovely little holiday story for horse lovers–a Random House Special Edition.
The story, set in 1917, is about Horse Power vs the Model T. The horse and sleigh come to the rescue during a snowstorm on Christmas eve.
I had fun illustrating the story, as well as some “extras,” like a how-to-draw-horses section. When I was growing up, the Walter Foster book on drawing horses was my favorite. I even held a Saturday morning class in fourth grade for my friends and taught them how to draw horses, too.