Instead of featuring a brand-new picture book today or an up-and-coming illustrator, I’ve got artwork from one of my favorite picture book artists, Elisa Kleven.
The new year is upon us, and when I thought about sharing artwork as we edge up on 2013, some art that would buoy our spirits, I immediately thought of her.
Elisa sent me a handful of illustrations, and it was hard to choose which to share (for many reasons, I’m going to keep this post relatively short and sweet this week), but I chose the one above, and these two:
May you all party hard in the new year—or spend it quietly, if you so choose—and may there be fireworks of one sort or another in your 2013.
Oh, and peace. Here’s hoping we all have peace — in many directions and in many ways and in many hearts and brains.
All artwork is by Elisa Kleven and used with her permission.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a 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. New kickers are always welcome.
1) Looking through Elisa’s artwork and having to choose several from many beautiful pieces is a good problem to have.
2) Betsy Bird and I heard from our editor just this week that our manuscript needs no more revising (!) and is where it needs to be and is ready for copy edits.
3) Champagne was had! I not only raised my glass to Betsy (all the way from Tennessee in the direction of New York), but I raised it to Peter, too, whom I miss and who would have been so excited about this news.
4) I tend to annually feel some slight post-holiday let-down—it’s easy when you have young children who get so psyched about the holidays and for whom opening presents on Christmas morning is the Best Five Minutes of the Year—and sometimes I think that New Year’s and New Year’s resolutions are rather over-rated. Also, trying to figure out something fun to do on New Year’s Eve when you have young children? Oh, sweet Mother of Dale Earnhardt.
HOWEVER … I don’t know precisely why, but this year I’m feeling it, and I have actual Things I Want To Do in 2013 in my head (I refuse to call them “resolutions” — too much pressure), and I say: Bring on the new year.
I’m sure part of my excitement is that our Candlewick book (see kicks two and three!) will be released this year. Whoa.
5) I’m working this week on 7-Imp’s 2012 recap—I hope to post it tomorrow—and it reminds me how much I love writing about picture books. And having such smart people over here at the 7-Imp salon to talk about them.
6) My eight-year-old daughter had two things on her Christmas wish list: LEGOs and a book light. I love that kid. The book light was for all the times she’s told to stop reading in the back of the car after the sun’s already gone down.
The seven-year-old had a TWO-PAGE wish list. With COLUMNS. I love her, too, and she knows it, even when I say things to both of them like, “whoever brings me my [fill in the blank here -- usually, it's 'big, warm blanket' or 'slippers'] will be my favorite kid.”
7) My last kick? When my girls sleep-over with their friend, but mama stays, too, and the two mamas of the girls have pizza and wine and watch movies and just totally crash. A soul needs that every so often, especially after holiday chaos. That’s what we did last night.
What are YOUR kicks this week? Also, Happy New Year, you Imps! What are your “resolutions”? I’m putting that in quotes, since I refuse to say it. Really. The poor resolutions of the world. So much PRESSURE put on them, bless their hearts.