Workshopping The Girl Who Writes at a Wonderful Place

We are happy to be conducting workshops on The Boy Who Paints and The Girl Who Writes over the next month with students from Hillcrest School in Surrey.

The day was warm.  Spring was in the air, and the warmth of the sun outside went right through to our bones after the winter.  And if that wasn’t enough, look what we found when we rolled into the parking lot with our canvases, our paints, and our load of kids books.  Our place was reserved by librarian Bonnie Chapman with this amazing sign.

It is a wonderful place, filled with the buzz of inspired minds.

 

Alberta Bound with The Girl Who Writes!

We are bound for Alberta on Friday, to tour bookstores in Calgary and to officially launch The Girl Who Writes at Canada House Gallery in Banff on Saturday, November 8th between 1:00 and 3:00.  We will be doing a presentation and reading at 2:00.  Families are welcome.

What does Richard’s painting of an owl have to do with our new children’s book on writing and the importance of choosing great words?

Lots, in fact.  As we worked on the design vocabulary of the new book, and tried to think what a perceptive young woman in early-twentieth century rural Canada might see around her in the river and in the town she was familiar with, we knew we needed to include a beaver.  Richard drew one, then we decided it needed to be a smart little critter, so he made sure he was reading.

This process of considering and drawing wildlife for our new book put Richard on the path to painting giant portraits of wildlife — hence the owl. It also puts me in mind of something The Girl says:

I know that with a bit of ink and 26 letters, I can make new worlds.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Canada House this weekend! Here’s the link.  http://www.canadahouse.com/dynamic/exhibit_artist.asp?ExhibitID=273