Creating the “Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book

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Sep 152016
 

Much of my summer has been dedicated to writing and illustrating the “Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book, which I hope to finish this month. I have been spending a lot of time creating paintings that will tell the story along with the written words for the book. Each illustration is a 30″H x 40″W acrylic painting on textured wood. I thought I would share the first eight illustrations and basic story line to give a glimpse into my creative process for the book.

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In the beginning of the book, Mia Meow, a small cat with big dreams, looks out a window from the inside of her home. Although she loves her home, she longs for adventure, desiring to play with the squirrels and birds that she sees from her inside perch.

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Mia Meow lives in a creative place with her human companion who is an artist. Her particular art tends to be creating havoc!

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In a bout of mischievous play, Mia Meow discovers a red crayon on the floor. She whacks the crayon around the floor as cats will do…

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…and then she hits it so hard, it sails through the air onto the table. On the table is a collar and a piece of paper.1-Mia-Meow-book-illustration-scribble-LR

Being a curious cat, Mia Meow dons the collar. Cats are not naturally given to drawing, but with the collar, she feels a creative impulse that she has never experienced before. She begins to draw with the crayon. As she draws, she discovers that the collar has given her magical powers, and her drawing comes to life off the paper!

“Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book Illustration Squirrel and Bird in tree

Realizing that she can bring her imagination to life, Mia Meow uses her crayon to draw the squirrel and bird that she had dreamed of earlier, watching from behind her window on the inside. Mia befriends the bird and squirrel that she has created.

“Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book Illustration Farm animals

Next, Mia Meow creates a farm, drawing a cow, a pig, a goat and a chicken, and she enjoys visiting her new friends.

“Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book Illustration Forest animals

After visiting the farm, Mia explores the forest, creating more new friends, including a bear, a raccoon, a skunk, a fox and a rabbit.

Mia has a few more adventures ahead of her, and new friends to meet. Stay tuned for more illustrations and more of the story!

The book and the illustrations should be completed within the next month. My plan is to have the book self published and ready to have preordered copies shipped before the 2016 winter holidays in time for gift giving.

You  can preorder copies of the “Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book  here. All hardcover preorders made before 9/15/16 will include a pdf copy emailed to you for mobile device reading.

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT

Prayer for September 11, 2001

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Sep 112016
 

Prayer for September 11, 2001 drawing by BZTATPrayer for September 11, 2001

Dear God,

Today a part of my land

And a part of my people

Was reduced to a cloud of

Smoke, rubble and dust.

As the pain and dust linger,

Please help me to join hands

In peace, not rage,

With other spirits

Who seek to rise above.

 

I wrote this prayer in my journal on September 11, 2001. I created the drawing a couple of months later. It took me awhile to to recover my artistic balance after my world was so seriously shaken that day.

Each year, I post this prayer and drawing here on my blog in hopes that peace will overcome the rage that fills the hearts of many.

I am still hoping.

We always say we will never forget. My hope is that, someday, we will arise as we remember.

Today, 15 years later, I again join hands with kindred spirits. I remain hopeful.

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT

 

Did you know there are just 116 days until Christmas 2016?

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Aug 312016
 

Christmas 2016 tree contemporary folk art painting by BZTAT One hundred and sixteen days might might seem like a long ways off. It isn’t so long, though, if you are planning to make someone’s holiday very special this year with the gift of art.

When it comes to custom artwork to be given as holiday gifts, I like to remind people to order early. In order to have your custom pet portrait gifts completed and shipped in time for Hanukkah and Christmas, you must order before October 1, 2016. After that, I cannot promise to get it completed and shipped on time.

Customized pet portraits make wonderful gifts for people who love their animals as family. I have 4 portrait styles that fit with different budgets, including:

Premiere Contemporary Pet Portrait Paintings
Contemporary Folk Art Pet Portrait Paintings
Contemporary Pet Portrait Drawings
Contemporary Digital Pet Portraits

Order before September 7, 2016 and get 10% off of all styles of Pet Portraits!

I also have a number of non-custom paintings available, including the Christmas Tree painting you see here. Check out my Art for Sale page to see the full gallery.

Please let me know if I can make the holidays extra special for you and yours with an original artwork this year.

I hope your adventures are fun and creative today!

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT