Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Andrea Zuill Art Opening at Hamilton Galleries

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Hi!  I’m having an art exhibition at Hamilton Galleries, in Santa Monica, CA.  This show will feature my oil paintings of slightly odd women.

The opening is on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Hamilton Galleries:

Quilts for Sale!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Hello everyone!  I’ve been feeling brave lately so I think I can handle selling some of my quilts.  They are now available at my Etsy store: Badbird

The quilt above is called the Three Star Quilt.

 

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This quilt is the actual quilt photographed and featured  in the book  Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts: 24 Little Quilts to Piece, Stitch, and Love by Cathy Guabert.  It’s called Dancing Rabbit.

 

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This fabric wall hanging is called Two Birds.

Badbird Etsy Store

 

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Los Angeles Conference

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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Day One of the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

I’ve been asked to write a report on this year’s L.A. conference. I haven’t written a report on something since I was in school and I will not even begin to tell you how long ago that was.   I also have the attention span of a gnat.  I know this doesn’t bode well but I will give it a try anyway.

The conference started off this year with a few words from Lin Oliver ( Children’s book author, writer / producer of family films and one of the founders of SCBWI).  A few months ago I got to talk to her in person and I’ve got to say she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.   She gave us a number of facts about who exactly was attending this conference.  And, here they are…

   There are 1266 attendee’s.

   38%  published

   62% unpublished

   There are 400 plus new attendees

   175 portfolios in the portfolio showcase.

   312 attendees for the writer’s intensive

   46 States are represented here, with the exception of both North and South Dakota.

   14 Countries are represented

   Approx.  988 women attendees, 192 Men and 86 Undeclared

   Some of the occupations represented here are Animal Communication Specialist, Auditor, Spam      Fighter, and Pickle Professional.

I haven’t check out all the numbers to make sure they work out but it does give you an idea of who is here.

The first keynote speaker was Laurie Halse Anderson (best selling children’s book author).  She talked about how the readers of our books are the most important of all readers of all (children).  She stressed the importance staying a child because “Growing up is a whole lot of Horse Shit”. And finally, she stated how important it is to sit around a campfire at least once in your life.

The next keynote speaker was Jon Scieszka (Children’s book author). His topic was Subversion, but his talk quickly headed in a different direction.  I couldn’t keep up with him as he told stories of growing up with his brothers.  But I do know that Jon and his brothers broke the youngest brother’s clavicle several times in his life.  Poor kid!

Laurent Linn (Dir. for Simon and Schusters  Books for Young Readers), always a conference favorite, gave nuts- and- bolts talk about how a book gets made from dummy to printing.  Laurent talking style is a mix of charm and no-nonsense and I find him one of the most informative of all the speakers. This talk was extremely good for people new to this business.

Finally, the last event of the night for me was the Illustrator Social.  It’s great to visit everyone but it gets so loud in the room that a bunch of us went to the hotel lobby to talk.  This hotel’s lobby is one of the best for socializing.  It’s filled with various groups of writers and illustrators experiencing the friendship and comradely that seems to come easily to people in the world of children’s books.

I know this isn’t the greatest of reports, but I’m tired now and don’t care.  So there!

 

Good Night!

 

Watercolor Paintings

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Hello Everyone!

I have some of my original watercolors  currently on sale in my Etsy store.  When I did these images I was heavily influenced by Tim Burton and Lane Smith, who illustrated The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales.   Looking at my watercolor artwork makes me almost want to pick up my brushes again!

An Artist’s Dilemma.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

I’ve been creating art professionally for over 20 years.  Even though my work has sold well I have a quite a few pieces that still lurking my my storage.  I need to get them homes.  I need the space!

Some paintings I will be letting go at bargain prices.  Please leave a message in comments if you are interested in any of these pieces.

 

 

Another tooting of my own horn. 2013 Golden Gate SCBWI San Francisco Conference.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

I have no idea why I chose the above image for this post.  But I’m lazy, and I don’t feel like changing it now.

I’ve just gotten home from the Golden Gate Conference for the SCBWI San Francisco at Asilomar.  For those of you that have gone to just the large LA or New York conferences I want to tell you that smaller events have some great benefits.  There were only about 140 to 150 people at this conference.  Like all SCBWI gatherings the people there were a real mix.  There were all levels of writers and illustrators there, from those  living- the- dream to total newbies.  I believe that I got to have face time with literally everyone.

I have some new BFF’s (Hi, Suzanne, Joyce, Matt, Kat, Tiffany, Kathrine,  and Tamara .  Sorry if I missed anyone.  I’m trying to be better at remembering  names but I’m pretty sure I missed of few there) .  My agent, Erzsi Deak, was there and she was one of the speakers.   I also got to meet  Jon Agee, Ed Briant, Patti Ann Harris, Lisa Jahn-Clough, Daniel Handler and Greg Pincus.  And I finally got to really meet Lin Oliver.  I’ve seen her a dozen times but I’d never actually had a chance to talk to her.

But my favorite part of the conference, because of my ego, was winning the Golden Gate Portfolio award!   I remained humble after winning and waited until I got back to my room to do my victory strut  (I’ve been told my victory strut is very disturbing).  Emily Jiang won the Golden Gate Writer’s Award.  (www.emilyjaing.com)  She is a truly awesome person!

Oh, and I forgot to say, Asilomar is a state park in Pacific Grove near Monterey.   It’s right on the beach and has beautiful historic buildings.  It’s the perfect place to meet friends and discuss children’s books!

I used to do photography.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

My niece in her disturbing-lack-of-eyebrow phase.

About 3,000 years ago I used to do Photography.

San Diego County Fair, possibly 1996?

Yes, besides oil painting, watercolor, embroidery, quilting and illustration I did b/w photography.  Before you get too impressed please note that I have a lot of trouble counting any higher than 10 and putting my shirt on right side out seems to pose problems for me.

Another niece and creepy rabbit with matching smiles.

These were originally created in the darkroom.  I have started scanning them into my computer and working on them in Photoshop.  When they’re finished I will be posting them.  It’s really fun for me to see these images since they’ve been stored away for 10 to 15 years.

Baby Lincoln

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This is a new image that I am thinking about putting in my portfolio.