Saturday, May 15, 2010

THE GRAND TOUR ...6 WEEKS!

I will be gone on the Grand Tour...for 6 weeks.. From Bath....my favorite city..to Venice my most favorite city.. I am excited to have a little 2 hour session at the newly opened spa...I can't wait to sit in the real Bath waters. Click here to see..it is a little more modern than I would have designed it but the mineral water is real. The Queens of England went for the cure..and many got pregnant. hmm...I am hoping that my story gets pregnant. I am sure it will not be me.
My husband John Doan will be doing Celtic Pilgrimage concerts and a recording in Germany. We have 11 concerts set up..by me..It will be fun seeing old friends and new. I don't know if I will have time to blog but wanted to let you know in case you are checking my blog and wondered what happened to me.
We have wonderful friends keeping the home fires burning..and the flowers watered..as they will be house sitting 24/7 at our Hotel home...."Harp Cliff Cottage".
We will be home on June 30th.

Our trip includes...England, Wales, Holland (2 days) Germany (I have never been to Holland and Germany) A little side trip to the east side of France and Switzerland. Austria to see dear Harald. And finally Italy..Florence and beloved ....
Venice...the most romantic city in the world!!!
Ciao..and I will save you some Gelato...it is a food staple for me when I am in Italy!

Children's book Submission to first Publisher!



This is the year of finishing projects. I have been working on an off on my first author illustrated children's book. This March...I sent it off for my first submission of the both the story and the illustrations!

I am really proud of my self. It is like birthing a child and carefully...struggling...pushing...waiting...learning...watching it grow..Then suddenly you send your child off to college! They leave your home..not completed but grown up enough to be put out into the world.

The process is to send a dummy book. It is just black and white drawings with the story. You also send a sample of the finished colored illustrations. I sent 2...you can send 3.

Then you wait and wait and wait!!! The publisher I pick is called "Eerdmans Books for Young Readers". I felt they were the best pick for my work. The book that first turned me on to them was called Bridget's Cloak. My story is fantasy, traditional Scandinavian folk tales, Traditional Christmas myths...and mixed with the nativity story. Bridget's Cloak had some very similar qualities. But Bryce Mulligan the author is an amazing poet. My story relies more on humor and pathos..

The publisher asks for you to give them 6 months before you can send it off to another publisher...!!! So I sent it off in a time when I would be very busy with my trip to Europe and not notice the time passing. But really lately I keep checking my mailbox...

I ask you to please pray for FAVOR my little book
...I am believing for it to be a blessing to Children everywhere. My little child book must grown up...and be successful.

Once they accept it then will start the next part. Finishing the paintings..23 of them!

All the Illustrations below are by Harald Wiberg

My story features a Tomten/Nissi. My first exposure to a Scandinavian Elf was through the book "The Tomten" illustrated by Harald Wiberg.
It was so magical..and quiet...I loved the illustrations and the snow. I read it on out loud for my little son and put it on a tape for him to have.

To read more about Tomten's & Nissi click here.
And more about Harald Wiberg the illustrator click here.

My story has a little of Santa Claus in it too..
Santa Claus was a very real figure in my life...I grew up in a Danish American family. Santa came to our home on Christmas Eve at 7 pm....the bells would jingle on the door and I would open it and say "HI Santa!"....I never new till I grew up that the Santa I knew was really from the Tomten/Nissi traditions.

As I said above I discovered the book the Tomten when my son was little...
I was so taken with quiet little figure walking around and whispering to the animals. I grew up with my Grandfather (my hero). We had a little ranch in Southern California. A chicken coop, a cow or pig to raise for meat, a little garden, and finally a horse barn with 2 horse and a hay.


I had all the cats I could want or bring home. The little book hit close to me in so many ways.

Santa's Village 1955...(I was 4 years old..)

Up in the mountains near me was the theme park "Santa's Village". ( I first discovered puppets at the puppet theater there...what a magical life I had. ) Can you imagine how it felt to be a little child and touch the north pole..it is very icy..look at whole tree with candy suckers dangling of just for the taking and seeing Santa any time of the year you showed up! Please go to the link it is a very fun place.

(by the way Disneyland opened around the same time and it was just down the street about 30 Min's from my home..no wonder I am so full of dreams..but my Grandfather was a romantic dreamer too and holiday's were a very fantastical time)

So now I wait....and dream
and HOPE!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day



I am having a lovely mothers day. My son sent me such a wonderful card with so much affirmation and an art book!!


I thought I would post a doll little box I made with an up close photo. She just looks like a loving Mom.... I took a class with Nancy Williams in "Prayer Boxes.

Nancy Williams Prayer boxes class.

Her class is very fun. If you sign up for her class you can join her little giveaway for Moms Day of the prayer box doll she made for the class. Click here to see her online class.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Jesse Reno/Michell Allen

What do you get when you cross Michell Allen style art with Jesse Reno...all la..Deirdra! A very funny face....with soft colors..smile...
Click here to see cool video's and Jesse's blog..and click here to see Michell Allen's wonderful work..It was really a pleasure to be in the presence of such an amazing natural talent..and very lovely woman such as Michell.


A week ago we all headed over to Lulu's house and new studio to try our hand at the Jesse Reno style Painting. It was so fun meeting a new friend Diane...the one hiding under her painting of a cute kitty...
This photo I took off Lulu's wonderful post on our time together painting. The food was really good by the way! Click here to read more...from Lulu's post. Lulu is also an amazing artist. I feel so very blessed to have meet such great friends..in the fun mixed media world of art.

Lulu and I went to Crafty wonderland in Portland last Sat...more and more creative energy...whew...can't wait to really get in my studio and see what I can do. We had so much fun...love that Lulu girl..

But for now I am content to work on finishing the kitchen ...getting ready for my trip and find a new HD video camcorder to make movies in Bath and Venice..I have been researching how to add a 35 mm lens to my camcorder to make my HD video look like real films! That has taken many of my waking hours the last couple days....