tcp scribbles...from picture book author & illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson

Vermont Town Meeting…a sketchbook

On the first Tuesday in March, Vermonters gather in schools, town halls…wherever…for Town Meeting.

What do we talk about?

In our town….you can be pretty sure…someone will bring up “road salt”…too much…too little…too too…it wouldn’t be town meeting without adding a little salt to the discussion….followed by a pot luck…yum!

These are sketches I just found in a sketchbook from 2012…I’ll be back at Town Meeting on Tuesday….some folks knit…I sketch…I’ll keep you posted on the salt…tcp

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Tomi Ungerer…Far out isn’t far enough…and Elephant’s Story.

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

It was my introduction to Ungerer’s work by Sendak…

that lit the spark…
that kindled the fire…
that changed my course…
and made me see…
a life and career that I could build.

Thirty years later…another spark from Ungerer became a book. (Link to The Story of ELEPHANT’S STORY below)

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Tomi is back…
in film…
in an e-mail from Brad…
in response to questions…
I answered for a blog….. 

Brad thought…with my connections to Sendak and Ungerer…I might be interested in his film: FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

Absolutely!!!!

I saw it as soon as it was released. After reading about the film in the NYTimes last Spring….I planned my trip to Chicago for ALA around it’s screening at the GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER last June.

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Loved it.

I’m thrilled to know that I can now download it on iTunes and/or see it on Netflix.

Now I can see it again….and again…
Thank you, Brad!!!…for making such a wonderful film…for capturing Tomi (and Maurice) and sharing them with the rest of us.

Links below…explore…enjoy…tcp

note that this is not a film for young children…but do read them Tomi’s books…and if you can find the early animations from Weston Woods…The Three Robbers is one of our favorites…delicious!

ps.…I found the ticket stub while I was cleaning my studio…just after I responded to Brad’s e-mail…hmmmm…

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant/about-elephant.htm

The Elephant in the Room: 3 questions with Tracey Campbell Pearson

http://www.faroutthemovie.com

http://cornerofthecave.com

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Elephant at Norwich Bookstore…

Elephant visits Norwich, VT.

Elephant visits Norwich, VT.

The snow won’t keep Elephant and Gracie away from the Norwich Bookstore’s event at The Norwich Public Library!…in Norwich, VT…just across the river from Hanover, NH.

Join us for reading….drawing…and tons of fun making Elephant Valentines…We’re back in VT and ready to play!… See you there…tcp

http://thebookjamblog.com

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Reading with Elephant…in Vermont

READ With Your Elephant from ELEPHANT'S Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson Published by Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux

READ With Your Elephant from ELEPHANT’S Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux

Elephant and Gracie have been having fun visiting bookstores and reading to kids…(no monkeys….yet!)

Thanks to all of the amazing independent booksellers we’re meeting in our travels.
Not only are they passionate about books…they don’t even blink when I bring an elephant into their stores!

We’ve been posting when we can on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/traceycampbellpearson

As well as Elephant’ Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elephants-Story-by-Tracey-Campbell-Pearson/509037329153223

Visit the EVENTS page on my website to see when they’ll be in your area.
If you missed them…they’ve left a trail of autographed books!

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/events.htm

I’m back in my studio for a few days….Elephant and Gracie are resting up….getting ready for their next visit….something about meeting a “Brown Dog” in VT this weekend?

http://www.browndogbooksandgifts.com

We’re getting our sketches…photos…and videos together…fun Elephant News…check back soon!…tcp

 

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Elephant enjoying Vermont Fall Foliage…

Elephant and Gracie…taking time out to enjoy the Fall colors….
Elephant’s thinking about his big day…

Their book…ELEPHANT’S STORY…will be out OCT 22nd…

The ABC Best Books for Children Fall Catalog with Elephant and Gracie on the cover…and inside…is on-line and available in bookstores soon…they are very excited.

GracieCoverABCweb

 

http://www.bookweb.org/news/2013-abc-best-books-children-catalog-titles-unveiled

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Elephant has his own blog…visit him at:

http://elephantstoryblog.com

 

 

 

 

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Red Grooms Visits VT…sketches…and an interview……

Red Grooms in VT?…Really?

Yes. I was lucky enough to be at the Brattleboro Museum to hear him speak about his work in his interview with Stephen Hannock.

In the 1970’s, my teacher John Gundelfinger introduced me to Red Grooms’ work while I was studying at Parson’s School of Design. John, a generous teacher and wonderful artist, invited me to his studio…my first visit to a real artist’s loft in Soho…I’d been drawing on subways as well as making life size people out of pantyhose.

John gave me a wonderful silk screen by Red Grooms of a wild street drawing of Madison Ave…that Red had given him–“The Discount Store”. John said…”look at this…get out on the street…draw…”

John also apologized for giving me an unsigned print.

A turning point in my career as a young artist…I ended up letting go of my studies in “fashion illustration”….looking for a new direction…I went down the hall…and
stumbled into Maurice Sendak’s class.

Now 2013…I’m still drawing on the streets and subways…and making picture books. Thank you John. Thank you Red for signing my print last night.

This wonderful show is up through October 20th…it is worth the trip to Brattleboro…I’m going to see it again…tcp

http://www.brattleboromuseum.org/2013/05/20/red-grooms-whats-the-ruckus/

http://www.wwo.org/document.doc?id=213

Ps…and I have a show up at the Brooks Memorial Library through the end of October…serendipity?….hmmmm.

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