New York Sketches and Moomintrolls…

Speaking of Moomintrolls and keeping with the theme from my last post…
… here is a quote by the author of the Moomintroll books:

“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”
― Tove Jansson

Brunch at the Scandinavia House in NYC…no sketchbook required!
Brunch…playtime…and Moomintrolls…
(if you forget your pen…ask for crayons)

Tables with brown paper…surrounded by grandparents…toddlers…even 20 somethings out on the town…

…pen in hand

…belly full

…Moomintrolls upstairs

…I am happy.

The Scandinavia House has so much to offer…(I have included a link below to their website…check it out)

You do not have to travel far to meet a Moomintroll…

…visit your local library…but…

WARNING!!!..reading these books will send you to your local bookstore…
these books are keepers! (books that beg to be read again and again…at any age..)

9780312608897

Here is the link to my publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux…and the US publisher of these books…I am so thankful they’re still in print!…for over 40 years!

…a goal to work towards
…to be in print 40 years
…I am 56
…Elephant’s Story comes out Fall 2013
…I’ll be 96!

“I ONLY WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE AND PLANT POTATOES AND DREAM!”
― Tove JanssonMoomin, Vol. 1

…keep dreaming…enjoy the links…tcp

http://us.macmillan.com/finnfamilymoomintroll/ToveJansson

http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events_kids_upcoming.html#playtimewithhildur

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Bob on Valentine’s Day…

Happy Valentine’s Day from Bob!

Thank You Phoebe for the Bob & Fred drawing…they make a lovely couple…

The paint is flying in my studio…I am finishing up illustrations for a new book…I am having fun…but no time for making Valentines this year…
…But you can!

Here is a link to the instructions for making your own Bob Valentine on my website:

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/bob.htm
http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/pdf/Bob-valentine.pdf

…get messy…have fun!…tcp

 

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Happy Birthday Mozart!

Maurice's Birthday Wild Thing...

Maurice’s Birthday Wild Thing…

Today is Mozart’s Birthday.

I am having a drawing party in my studio with Mozart’s music.

I invited Maurice’s Wild Thing…(Maurice like to draw to Mozart…and it is because of him that I have been drawing to music for the past 37 years…thank you Maurice for my birthday Wild Thing….happy birthday Mozart!)

 

It is brrrrr cold outside…a perfect day to be inside drawing and painting…

…keep warm…take a taste of a Mozart concerto…or…the magic flute…read one of Sendak’s books…enjoy…tcp

 

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Baby it’s cold outside….

I took a break Wednesday night…

It was below zero outside…but hot inside… Wynton Marsalis brought his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the Flynn in Burlington. The music was fabulous.

There was a lot of polar fleece and men in hand knit sweaters…

I am back in my studio…I have been working to Stan Getz and Miles Davis…but I realized that was Elephant’s music…( my book Elephant’s Story which will be out in the Fall) The book I am working on now has a very young child…a stuffed rabbit and a dog…they asked for Cole Porter…

…keep warm…tcp

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A night on the town…

Bergdorf Window

A night on the town.

I decided that being crazy busy with a tight deadline is NO excuse for being lame with my posts…after all I did manage to make a quick trip to NY for Christmas.

Here is a picture of my big night out…I have a real crush on this guy…I found him in Bergdorf’s window.

I am having a blast with this book….but I will do my best to get up from my drawing table….stretch…and make a post when I can…have fun…play for me…tcp

 

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woman with cake on her head…

restaurant doodle

restaurant doodle

…or…

“Do you like my hat?”

I can’t resist drawing on paper tablecloths.

No crayons!
No problem!
I always have my favorite pen!

I have left drawings at restaurants around the country.  I left a pile of sketches at the dining room in the Denver Art Museum a month ago…one way to get your work into a museum

I had an epiphany over the weekend.

I can use my phone to take pictures before I leave the restaurant!

I am more practiced with a pen than with a smart phone…The rest of the pictures came out blurry….but I love this woman with chocolate molten cake on her head…yum….tcp

PS…This was drawn at one of our “go-to” restaurants in Burlington, VT. Leunig’s Bistro. Their food is always yum. The atmosphere is delightful. Their Chocolate Molten Cake is deadly.

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Finding Proust…in my studio…

Marcel Proust...from Maira Kalman Exhibit Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) 2011 @ the Jewish Museum NYC

Marcel Proust…from Maira Kalman Exhibit Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) 2011 @ the Jewish Museum NYC

It is a good time to clean up my studio.
It is a mess.
Piles upon piles.

I found Marcel Proust stuck in one of my piles.

Perfect.

What else can I say?

He is now out on my easel where I can see him.

…I acquired this poster at a wonderful exhibit of Maira Kalman’s work at The Jewish Museum in NYC in 2011. (Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) I love Maira’s work. I must have read HEY WILLY, SEE THE PYRAMIDS a zillion times to my kids. Her illustrated version of THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE is here in my studio….

…somewhere…wait a minute….it is in one of my piles…

pile of books...

pile of books…

If you don’t know Maria Kalman’s work…visit your library…your local bookstore…

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/mkalman

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…I always check to see what is on exhibit at The Jewish Museum when I am in NYC…I have seen lovely shows…in this small and intimate setting…Vulliard…Ezra Jack Keats…William Steig…Sendak…The Cone Sisters Collection…these shows were delicious!…tcp

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Cookies at the Library…waiting for Santa…

Holiday Tree Lighting December 2, 2012

Holiday Tree Lighting December 2, 2012

Holiday Open House at Jericho Town Library Today.

Cookies.
Punch.
Music.
Crafts for the kids.
I will be reading to the children before they run out the door to watch the tree on the green light up…the signal for Santa to come down the hill on his Kubota tractor….decorated in lights!
This is how the holiday season begins in Vermont….books….cookies….and santa on a tractor…perfect!

This art is I created for the poster for the event….tcp

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