Dan Hanna brought some gorgeous stuffed toys, ancillary items for his wonderful POUT POUT FISH books. (photo by member Christy Reeve)
Suzy Block brought one of her wonderful illustrations from her most recent project.
Diana Browning at the table with a delicate angel that she has designed. Her work is so amazing!
Mary-Jo Murphy telling us about the whimsical products she painted for her latest gallery show. Such fun creations!
More photos to come!
We had a great January Westsider's SCBWI Schmooze/Mingle/Schmingle meeting to start out the new year. We discussed goals for the year and beyond. How do you keep track of your short term/long term goals and new ideas? Thanks to our Schmingle coordinator, Suzy Engelman Block, who gave us the simple idea of using a folder and some post-its keep us on track.
Post-its are great for rearranging priorities, for adding and subtracting from your idea/goal folder. As soon as I open my folder, I see the art and writing projects I want to tackle first or remember a promotional idea, etc. There are so many colors and style of Post-it's, you'll easily be able to find what works for you.
If you’re like me , you have these items in your studio already or can use whatcha got on hand to do the job. Get as fancy as you like, or keep it simple. Here is how I made mine. http://katmcdart.blogspot.com/
By Carol Heyer
The Orphan Works Act is back. It will never die, because it will be so lucrative to unscrupulous companies. They want to steal our art and use the images free of charge. The fact that we have created these images is of no importance. They want to be able to make the prints, cards, and t-shirts from our work and take the profits.
Letters must be written by July 23, 2015 to try and keep this from happening.
Here is the link:
Write your letters today!
By, Kat McD.
From my favorite new cookbook, Weightwatchers' "Love it, Cook it EAT it!"
These are Curry-Sweet Potato-Quinoa Cakes. Delish! Perfect for any bring along. They'll sustain artists through lively and sometimes lengthy, discussions about art. Here is the recipe
1 cup QUINOA (rinse thoroughly)
2 cups water or BROTH ( I use veggie broth to keep it vegan)
1 medium (1-lb) SWEET POTATO, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 tbls SHALLOT - chopped fine
1 tbls grated peeled fresh GINGER
1 table CURRY powder
1 1/4 tsp ground CUMIN
1/2 tsp SALT
2 Tsp OLIVE OIL ( I used much more even on a non stick pan)
1. Bring quinoa and broth to boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, simmer 25-30 minutes. Transfer to large bowl
2. Place potato in small saucepan and add water to cover, bring to boil.
Reduce heat to simmer for about 12 minutes till tender. Drain/mash (you can also use a leftover baked sweet potato)
3. Transfer potato to bowl with quinoa. Add ginger, shallot, curry powder, cumin, and salt: stir until mixed well. Shape mixture into 4 (3/4 inch think ) patties ( or many smaller patties and adjust cook time)
4. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat Add patties and cook until heated through and browned and crisped, about 5 minutes per side.
Below is the Lemon Tahini Sauce that is great with it.
I made my batch of cakes smaller and made many of them with the same amounts in this recipe. I did use more oil, but I like them well browned because they hold together better. These are 8 points on WW.
6 TBLs TAHINI
6 TBLs LEMON JUICE
1/4 cup warm VEGGIE BROTH
2 small GARLIC CLOVES minced
1/4 tsp GROUND CUMIN
1/2 tsp SALT
Pinch of CAYENNE
add water if too thick a little at a time.
Whisk Spread ENJOY!
This dish will keep your art group dishin' all day long.
Alejandra Abella showing us her amazing new interactive e-book, "STORMY TALES"
Dan Hanna has nothing to pout about! Here he is showing us his latest book "THE POUT POUT FISH GOES TO SCHOOL", and some of the ancillary toys that are also being released! All very exciting as he begins his promotional tour back east!
Kat McDonough showed us some of her creative designs for THE FELINE FILM FESTIVAL!
SUZY ENGELMAN BLOCK brought her amazing _portfolio which included illustrations from her latest project.
I recently came upon this, Jesse Hamm breaks down and analyzes Frank Frazetta's work in a really clear and concise manner.
"It's impossible." said pride. "It's risky." said experience. "It's pointless." said reason. "Give it a try." whispered the heart."
If you don't give something a try that is spinning around in your head, You will never really achieve anything you truly desire. Could you possibly lose money, yes,
could you possibly lose sleep, yes
could you possibly lose your life. probably not.
Just do it!!!!!!! -silver
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