Normally you wouldn't frame a spread from a picture book you are in the middle of creating and hang it in a gallery. Of course, with a traditional publisher, they like to keep the work in progress secret, and even after all of the art is finished, it could take a year before it's released. But here in opposite-land, I am showing Our Home as I'm making it.
One of the great things that happened to help push me to complete this book was when I won a grant from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to pay for a professional editor. That was almost 2 years ago! But I got great advice from Harold Underdown, rewrote my text and got the word back that he liked my changes. Then I redrew the illustrations to go with the newest version of the text. And now I'm doing the final art.
So when the time came for the Arts Council's annual Member Show at the Depot, it seemed right to hang a brand new illustration from Our Home. Thank you so much to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for having the confidence that I can make this book!
If you are in Steamboat, I hope you can make it to the Autumn Art show at the Depot. My print gets to share a room with this AWESOME dollhouse by Rick Peters. The opening is Friday, September 1 at 5:00.