Jules: WOOT! It’s the first Sunday of the month and time to feature a student currently studying illustration or someone who has recently graduated (or is otherwise new to the scene in some way). This week it’s Tiffany Laurencio. As her bio tells us, she lives in Boston; graduated from the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts; and has always wanted to be an illustrator since getting over her dream of being a cowgirl (aw, shucks). She has a special place in my heart now, too, since her bio also states she got in trouble in high school for skipping class to go get coffee.
I also have a big ‘ol special spot in my heart now for this illustration, entitled “Bunny Foo Foo Bop Of Doom.” (It might technically be called “Bunny-Foo-Foo-Bop,” according to this page.) I would love to hear the wonderfully-warped story around this one. Look, he’s so defiant, but I somehow still wanna pinch his cheeks.
Here’s what Tiffany has to share with us on this first Sunday of March (can you believe that it’s already March? But I digress):
“Sarcastic, fluffy critters are my favorite things to paint but I have a soft, squishy spot for the moon. I’ve always loved and wanted to be a part of picture books. There were so many illustrators and writers that hypnotized me as a kid. I was very lucky to have such wonderful, crunchy teachers who encouraged me to take hold of life’s crayons.
Going to Montserrat College of Art really helped me to condition myself, not just as a picture maker, but also as a young professional. Currently, I’m promoting like mad and trying to get my work into as many hands as possible. It’s a crazy kind of love I have with promoting my work. I find myself obsessing over the print quality of my postcards just as much as the color schemes of my paintings. I haven’t started twitching yet, but I occasionally catch myself mumbling.”
I think I’d like to borrow her phrase “crunchy teachers” some time. Here’s Tiffany’s “Yellow Singer,” and below is “Harvest Moon.” Tiffany’s web site also features her editorial art and fine art (if you go explore on that page, you’ll see the Door to Narnia, the Death of the White Rabbit, and some Goth Punk). We’ll put “Harvest Moon” here under our 7-Kicks-explanation, and we’d like to thank Tiffany for stopping by and wish her much luck!
As a reminder, our weekly 7 Kicks list is the meeting ground for listing Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week — whether book-related or not — that happened to you (as well as featuring wonderful new artists like Tiffany). New people are more than welcome to leave their lists. We hope you’ll share your kick-worthy moments from the week.
1* Oh, man, look at that “Harvest Moon” picture. I just love it.
2* I went out with new work friends three times this week.
3* One of those times, I tried a drink called Loco Cocoa, which is hot cocoa with cinnamon, hot chili pepper (I know, I wasn’t too sure about this bit either), Knob Creek bourbon, and Cointreau orange liqueur, with whipped cream on top. Oh my heavens, it was good.
4* Speaking of hot cocoa, did you know you can make it with chocolate chips and milk? It’s been all snowy and winter-wonderlandy here for the past week or so, and I was seriously jonesing for cocoa the other night when I realized I was all out of my Green & Black’s. I tried a desperate experiment, and it almost worked. I just tried it again, though, and I think I’ve got it figured out.
5* Speaking of winter wonderland, one of my big kicks from the past few weeks is my walk home from work. I figured out a short cut that actually takes me alongside a gorge, over a creek with a bunch of waterfalls.
Seriously, do I not live in the best town?
6* Speaking of work, I had to work on Saturday this week, which should have been an anti-kick, but it was for a reception thingy that I’ve been helping to plan for the past several weeks, and it was rewarding to see it go over with barely a hitch. It’s also fabulous to know that it’s over and I don’t have to think about it anymore. And I got some much-needed filing done that I never have time to do when other people are there.
7* Also, working Saturday means I get to take off a day next week, so I’m definitely going to NYC next weekend to see the premiere of the show my husband is designing there.
8* The biggest kick of all: one of my oldest friends from high school emailed me pics of his brand new healthy baby boy. Welcome to the world, Kolbe!
Woo and hoo, Eisha! You know you’re having a good week when you have more than 7 kicks. That is one beautiful baby. I think that particular look says, hey, camera, OUT OF MY FACE. I’d rather be back in my mama’s womb, but he’ll get over that soon.
1). My husband surprised me with this tee shirt this week.
2). My girls and I took a road trip and visited a dear friend and her family. The kick is that it was fun. The anti-kick is that she has to move away — far away — soon. The other kick is she lives in the middle of nowhere (and this particular middle-of-nowhere is quite beautiful), and we made it. It is kinda always a fear of mine, to have a flat or something — with children in tow — in the dark in the middle of deep Boondockia (probably from years of freelance interpreting all over East Tennessee).
4). This article about my friend, Rachel. She is so multi-faceted and talented that it surely must hurt. Rachel played the flute at my teeeeny-tiny wedding and “Simple Gifts” on a bowed psaltery as I walked down the aisle. She also played “My Funny Valentine” on a syringe at my wedding reception (and she performed a “Wizard of Oz” medley on said syringe at this little-known gig).
5 and 6). I got an unexpected copy of Me Hungry! in the mail. WOOT! I love the mind and talents of Jeremy Tankard (book review to come). I also got an ARC of the second Penderwicks book, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Getting this was just the push I needed to read the first one already, which I’ve been wanting to do. It might have taken me three years to get to it, but I’m glad I did.
7). Discovering the short, funny children’s book reviews at the blog Strollerderby at babble.com. And Gwynne Watkins over there at Babble does short interviews with picture book creators like Eric Carle (and a virtual field trip to the Eric Carle Museum, which I can hardly watch without wanting to wail ’causeIwannagotheresobadly!) and Mo (when asked why he writes for children, Mo said, “writing for kids also has greater impact; no one ever suspects the picture book.” I made that font size obnoxiously large, ’cause I love that).
That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. What are your kicks this week yo?