Jules: Welcome to our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on 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.
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so it’s time to feature a new or student illustrator. Today we welcome Lauren Minco, an illustrator who balances teaching, freelance illustration, and showing her work in galleries. Here are a few words from Lauren, and how about that mysterious mermaid above?
I currently live in Providence, Rhode Island, after graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Illustration. Actually, I thought I was going to study apparel design, but I quickly learned the summer before college that I didn’t really have a knack for it. I stumbled into Illustration, because I liked the endless possibilities and freedom it gave me in the business and art world. I paint with an acrylic/gouache hybrid and am getting ready for my big Fall promotion campaign.
I do freelance Illustration for various clients (mostly magazines), but I’m very lucky to show my work in galleries and teach Illustration at RISD Pre-College and Montserrat College of Art. I love working with the next generation of artists and it gets me out of the house, too!
On a more personal note, I love dogs, Disney World, and sushi. All those things came together when I went to Japan last year. I ate tons of wonderful sushi, saw the biggest dog I’ve ever seen (maybe it was a bear? A bear with a leash?), and enjoyed Disney Sea, the best amusement park I’ve ever been to!
Got more Lauren? you ask? Yes, we do. Here are two more of her illustrations below. And don’t forget to check out this page of her site for more art work.
Many thanks to Lauren for stopping by. What do you all think? I’m having trouble even picking a favorite of the three.
1* I LOVE the art this week.
2* I know, I’m starting to get tedious about how awesome my job is, but this week I got to hold a handwritten inventory of his estate written by the Marquis de Lafayette. Also, I finally saw the manuscript of Charlotte’s Web. It’s handwritten in pencil, and the first couple of pages have sketches of Charlotte and the farm. I really, truly almost cried over that.
3* To celebrate my first new-job paycheck, I went into an awesome little indie music shop, thinking I’d treat myself to a new CD. Lo and behold, TV on the Radio has a brand-new album out: Dear Science. So I got it, and it’s awesome.
4* That reading by Charles Simic I already told you about.
5* It was kind of a rainy, dreary week, but this weekend is gorgeous and the leaves are starting to sport their fall colors. I love the cooler temps, too.
6* Today is my husband’s birthday, and to celebrate I took him out for sushi last night.
7* And then I took him (along with our friends the Poets Upstairs) to an Andrew Bird concert.
1). I really don’t want to be one of those parents who goes on entirely too much about her children…but, people: My daughters keep growing up and growing up (in more ways than just shooting up — lordamercy, my four-year-old looks like she’s six), and I just can’t stop delighting in them. Sometimes I just stare in utter amazement. They’re so fun. And beautiful. And bright. To me.
Part two of this kick: I’m really glad I married someone who, once upon a time, was a scientist. When my oldest asked me why blood is red, all I could think was hemoglobin? But I said, “ask your father.” He explained it perfectly to a four-year-old — in detail but in a way that made sense. This he does casually over dinner. And then she asks about electricity, and all I could think was ah crap. “Ask your father.” The questions don’t stop: Meteors, the earth’s upper atmosphere, religion (ah HOLY crap). Seriously, yeah, I can handle the latter or at least do my best, but the rest? “Ask your father.” See, I’ve said before: He’s the better half.
2). The ever-thoughtful Adrienne got to hear M.T. Anderson speak, and she sent me, knowing full well my great devotion to his books, an autographed copy of Feed. Swoon swoon double swoon. What fun mail that was! Thanks again, Adrienne!
Part two of this kick: I’m re-reading Octavian so that I can start—one day before the year 2020—my ARC of Octavian II. Yeah, I’m slowly phasing out review copies, but like hell I’m giving up that ARC.
3). Make way, Traction Man! Mini Grey will visit 7-Imp this week. I loved reading her interview responses and look forward to sharing them.
4). I got some great compliments about my work from my co-workers this week. When you work virtually with people all over the country and you have no water cooler over which to meet face-to-face and read body language, those moments are extra important, I think.
5). My family and I saw some pretty creative scarecrows at Nashville’s lovely botanical gardens yesterday. It was a beautiful day, trying to be Fall, almost quite made it. And we began with a big ‘ol pancake breakfast at this place, which is such a beloved Nashville tradition that you know you’ll be in line outside for about an hour, waiting, but it’s worth it. (See! Pancakes, Jama!) Anyway, at the outdoor exhibit, there were fun, children’s lit-esque scarecrows like these guys, Scary Potter and Scary Poppins:
And there were some lovely and clever things like this rabbit scarecrow and Fairy Myst here, whose skirt is made of recycled cans:
And then there was the best scarecrow of all, and I’m not just saying that ’cause a friend from college made it (artist Alene Day). Isn’t it beautiful?
6). I’m very late in mentioning these, but Just One More Book!! hearts our blog and Elaine Magliaro also hearts our blog, and to them we say thank you and we heart you back, too. And, back at the beginning of September, Cheryl Rainfield nominated us for a Brilliante Weblog Premio Award, and we thank her as well. We’re probably supposed to do something for each honor, such as nominate further/pay it forward/etc., but we’re disorganized sometimes. Do not let our slacker natures be any indication of any type of ingratitude for the shout-outs. (In fact, I’m now wondering if we’ve missed any other nominations. If we skipped someone, we didn’t do it on purpose. Cross our hearts.) Thanks, you guys!
7). Beck has a new CD.
What are your kicks this week?