happy 2015, friends!

i apologize for dropping off the face of the earth,
but december definitely kicked me in the arse with
my bubs holiday activities, and then they were home
with me for vacation.

now! i’m in the midst of mad writing to finish my
Serpentine sequel. :D so exciting, but also nerve
wracking. ha! i haven’t had a deadline for an entire
novel since, er, 2010. that’s half a decade ago!

i’m not one to really do recaps. but 2014 was a quiet
year for me, in which i crawled into the “troll hole”
as an author, limiting my events and signings, because
i had no new book out. Serpentine and its sequel sold
unexpectedly to Month9Books, and i’ve only had a wonderful,
collaborative experience with this newer small press.
i’m so grateful and thrilled that Serpentine will be published
by them.

then of course, i visited china for the first time.
it was such an amazing and fantasic trip, and truly
the highlight of my year.

here is one of my latest paintings. i admired my author
friend Liz’s bluebird photo she has posted on her facebook
page, and took the image to inspire me for a painting.

bluebird2a

i first tried rendering the bird on white rice paper,
but because its breast is white, its fluffy effect was
lost. so i bought pale green paper and tried again. the
texture of the paper was challenging (controlling my ink)
so you see a halo around the bird. but i was able to get
the fluffy white look of its breast, and i’m very happy with it.

i put him on a rock and had the idea of adding some colorful
flowers around him, but my teacher refused! she said nothing
should take away from the quiet grace of this bird. :)
the calligraphy (by my teacher) says: Peaceful Heart.