WORLD ELEPHANT DAY…

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY...AUGUST 12, 2013

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY…AUGUST 12, 2013

Elephant and Gracie will tell their story in their own book ELEPHANT’S STORY on their pub date of October 22, 2013

TODAY…is for listening to every Elephant’s story….everywhere…

I’ve posted links for World Elephant Day on Elephant’s Blog.

http://elephantstoryblog.com

Have an Elephant day….tcp

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Concert at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, VT…sketching with Mendelssohn & the Burlington Ensemble

Bernard Herrmann…Giovanni Bottesini…& Mendelssohn….

The concert by the Burlington Ensemble was lovely…so much so…we went twice…once to the Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT and again to the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.

These sketches are from the closing concert for the Summer Serenade Series at the Coach Barn. I was mesmerized watching Rachel Calin perform on the double bass. …The cellist Ariana Falk commented that it was like watching someone dance with an elephant!….I’ll have to share that comment with Elephant and Gracie….tcp

Thank you to the musicians for the wonderful concerts…if you missed them…I’m sorry…but you can still catch their winter concerts…Here’s a link to the website for The Burlington Ensemble…

http://www.burlingtonensemble.com

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Biking Burlington Vermont…Lake Champlain, Green Mountains, Adirondacks & rock art…

When I spend too much time in my studio and my brain gets squishy….I get out and move…

Here is one of the most beautiful bike rides…ever!!!!

Start at the Boat House in Burlington, VT…follow the bike path to Colchester…and stay on the path to the causeway….until you feel like you are riding on water….

Surrounded by the lake…mountains in the distance….Green Mountains….Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump on one side…Adirondacks on the other….then look closely…you will see…piles of rocks…little sculptures…along the way.

You’ll feel like you are riding on water...really!!!
or walk if you’d rather…
walking on water works…

On weekends…in the summer…there is a Bike Ferry to take you across the Champlain Islands….you can ride some more!…

Here is the link to Local Motion in Burlington, VT…they know everything  about biking in VT…they can rent you a bike if you don’t have one…enjoy…it will feed your soul…promise!!!…tcp

PS…Bonus…and it is about as flat a ride as you can get in Vermont!

http://www.localmotion.org/

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Concert at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, VT…Opening Night with Burlington Ensemble

Sketches from the opening concert…Summer Serenades 2013…another fabulous concert with the Burlington Ensemble…Vivaldi, Bruch….Picnic…Shelburne Farms Sunset…part of the proceeds for this concert went to benefit VT Feeds…perfect night!

You still have time to catch a concert!…This week!…Pack a picnic…Enjoy…Support live music in Vermont…and a non-profit…

The Burlington Ensemble will be at:

August 7th…Basin Harbor, Vergennes, VT

August 8th…The West Monitor Barn, Richmond, VT

August 9th…Castleton State College, Castleton, VT

August 10th…The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, VT

Here’s a link to their website:  http://www.burlingtonensemble.com/

warning…if you go…you may end up in my sketchbook!…tcp

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Chicago table art…another sketchbook…

I love the street art in Chicago…I didn’t leave any of my art on the street…you can find mine in bookstores and libraries…but I did leave sketches in a restaurant…I brought some drawings back to Vermont in my sketchbook.

I could have brought home more sketches…but I got into trouble at The Art Institute of Chicago!!!…more on that later…tcp

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Chicago Street Art in Pilsen…and two tired librarians?

We went out on bikes while we were in Chicago for ALA…our son said…follow me…then he lead us past these amazing murals in Pilsen….so cool…tcp

PS…Do I spy a couple of librarians…exhausted from ALA in one mural?

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2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover with Elephant’s Story…

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Look who’s reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover!

Gracie thinks everyone should take time to read to their Elephant!…tcp

Here is a link to the article from American Booksellers Association http://www.bookweb.org/node/26745

PS…If you want to know what Elephant thinks…here’s a link to his blog:
http://elephantstoryblog.com

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BEA…Sketchbooks and Elephant in New York City…

As I get Elephant ready for ALA…I am looking over my notes from BEA.
My problem with note taking is that my pen is constantly distracted by people in the room….even when I am looking at the backs of heads.

My packing list for ALA:
Elephant & Gracie…
Sketchbook & favorite pen…tcp

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Sketchbook…On the Rise Concert with Red Tail Ring…

I’ve been busy traveling with Elephant. It is good to be back in Vermont…and another great evening of live music at On the Rise Bakery in Richmond.

Lucky for us… Red Tail Rising made their way here from Kalamazoo. They have more shows in VT…and from the looks of their concert schedule…I’m going to just miss their show in Chicago. Catch them if you can. Bring a sketchbook.

Here’s a link to ON THE RISE and their concert schedule…great music & great food…brunch yum…tea cakes….deadly….roasted veggie and goat cheese pizza for dinner…a favorite….their veggie garden is growing right out front!

http://www.ontherisemusic.net/

Here’s a link to Red Tail Ring….we came home with one of their CD’s…more music to play in my studio!

http://www.redtailring.com/

Summer is here….a great a time to listen to live music…what’s in your area?….tcp

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