Wednesday, September 22, 2010

G 50.SOLD Kate Garchinsky - Time to Fly!!!

"With a whoosh of her wings Young Heron takes flight, and a scattering of herons soon joins her."
Color Sketch from Time to Fly
Original story and illustrations by Kate Garchinsky,
Mixed water media on pastel paper

About the illustrator:

Philadelphia-based artist Kate Garchinsky is an independent art director and award-winning writer/illustrator who has specialized in all segments of children’s media, family and youth marketing for the past 13 years. In 2009 her first children’s book manuscript, Time to Fly, received a letter of commendation in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & IllustratorsBarbara Karlin Grant Competition. More recently, Garchinsky conceptualized, co-produced and created all illustrations for the children’s album, “Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies“, released on American Laundromat Records in May 2010. Kate aspires to inspire and enrich young minds with her stories and art.

The family of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons that inspired Time to Fly nested in southern New Jersey, an area where they are listed as a threatened species. This heron breeds as far north as New England, but winters heavily in the coastal wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico. Oil in the marshes, mudflats and mangroves pose a serious threat to their livelihood, contaminating their much-needed food supply after a long, exhaustive fall migration. 

"Volunteers from Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware—located minutes from my home—were first responders on the scene in the Deepwater Horizon Wildlife Response. I can tell you from personal experience that Tri-State is a small organization that not only needs but deserves donations and support. No bird rescue effort is too big or too small. In July I took an injured Scarlet Tanager from my yard to their facility and in a week was invited to retrieve her and release her back where she belonged. In two weeks I shall attend an information session for aspiring bird rescue volunteers at the facility. Birds so bring joy and inspiration to my life, I am simply compelled to protect them."

 illustration details:

Image size: 6.5" x 8.5"
Total paper size (with border): 10" x 8"
Mixed water media on pastel paper
May I request that the $50 donation for my painting go specifically to Tri-State Bird Rescue? 

I'm going to be attending an information session there this Thursday for their volunteer bird rehab program.  Thank you so much.

452. Oyster Catcher

My name is Tessa. I was born and raised in South Africa and have lived and travelled extensively throughout that majestic continent. I currently live near the ocean in Norfolk, England. My art is a celebration of life and through my art I endeavour in some small way to encapsulate the essence, the spirit and the strength of the exceptional people I have been so very privileged to meet. It is true that when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he or she find it attached to the rest of the world and that is what I try hard to express in all the work that I do. My online gallery can be found at and my blog is here:

Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right

449. bold about this disaster

451. Goldfish Thoughts

449. Spouting Rhetoric

Katie Davis

These two pieces are originally from my first picture book, WHO HOPS?, which is for very young children. I've seen kids laughing and loving this book, and it struck me that their innocence and that of the sea creatures being hurt by this disaster are closely related. I've enhanced the images digitally because I wanted to juxtapose that innocence with the horror.

After hearing that the oil companies just copied off their emergency plans (protecting walruses in the Gulf? What the--?) I thought about the underwater animals that have yet to be affected and hope they will remain so.

She is the author/illustrator of picture books, including Who Hops?, and Kindergarten Rocks! and the upcoming Little Chicken’s Big Day. Her novel, The Curse of Addy McMahon, is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She is known for her engaging and interactive books that appeal to children of all ages, and is a popular presenter at conferences and schools.

432. SOLDSwiss Ripple

I am an artist working and teaching art from my studio-gallery:

Each card is available for a $10 donation. See details at right

G 49. SOLD Great American illustrator David Costello

David lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he writes children’s stories, songs, and plays; goes hiking and cross-country skiing; and continues to fill reams of paper with the characters and images that populate his imagination. 

The art is a 3x3" window on a 7x7" page.

David's website
David's author video

 This weekend @ The Eric Carle Museum

In The Art Studio
Special Sunday: YOU Can Help!
September 19, 2010
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join us for an afternoon with author and illustrator, David Hyde Costello. David will bring along some original art work, demonstrate his illustration techniques, and read from his inspiring new book, I Can Help at 2pm in the Reading Library. In the spirit of helping others, create a postcard using special papers, watercolor paints and other exciting drawing tools in The Studio. The Carle will send all of the cards from the day to workers helping clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kelly Light, creator of the blog, will be in The Studio to assist the project.

Rules on $50 cards to the right--->
Be the first to send inquiry ONLY. After you hear from me- go run and donate!-Kelly

Ripples do spread and eventually dissipate.....

Hey Everyone!

I enjoyed a lovely day at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst , MA this past Sunday. I told people about Ripple, showed examples of the wonderful art that you all have created from your hearts and talked about the work the volunteers do. The  museum visitors  made their own pieces of art to send to the volunteers at the IBRRC as Thank Yous for all of their hard work. I met David Hyde Costello and saw him draw little lovely sketches for each and every person who came to see him. He had a giraffe puppet of the character from his book "I Can Help"- that he made that was amazing.

We are in the last 10 days of Ripple. At the end of the month - all sales will stop. I will leave the blog up for people to come and see what you all did. I invite all of the artists to do one of 2 things with the art that has not sold. 1. Sell it on your own blog to benefit one of these four organizations. 2. Mail it to the organization of your choice as a Thank you to a volunteer along with a note. All links are on the right.

Any questions email

Thanks Guys- Kelly

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