Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Upcoming Events with Patient for Pumpkins

From "Patient for Pumpkins"
Now that Patient for Pumpkins has been out for a few months, the newness is wearing off. But, I've got a bunch of events in the works, and will be scheduling school events as soon as possible! The best way to keep up-to-date with me is to "Like" my Facebook page: Linda Knoll Books

On Wednesday, August 6, from 5 - 8:30 p.m. I'll be back at the Oakdale Farmer's Market with books and art.

On Saturday, August 16, I'll have a booth at the Wood Colony Country Fair. Wood Colony is an agricultural neighborhood just outside Modesto. They have been threatened with annexation and development despite a long and rich history, socially and agriculturally. During the event, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., you can tour farms, visit the local school where food, arts, crafts and other fun stuff will be happening. I'll be selling my book, along with some art and probably a few giveaways for the kids.

On Saturday, September 6, I get to share my book with teachers and librarians in Fresno at a special "shmooze" put on by Nor Cal SCBWI.

Later in September, I have a whole weekend in Sacramento planned. Its still tentative, but I hope to have a booth at the Farm to Fork Festival on Capitol Mall on September 27. Its an all day affair with vendors, music, cooking, a kids' zone and more.

On the following day, September 28, Sacramento's Fairytale Town is holding its ScholarShare Book Festival! I'm scheduled for a presentation at 1:00 p.m., with signing afterwards. I participated in this event a couple of years ago with Over in the Valley. Its a fun day for youngsters to see lots of authors and new books!

Then, back to Modesto the following weekend. At our local Barnes and Noble, I'll be having a signing/sharing event Saturday, October 4 at noon. More info to come on that.

Next, I'll be participating in the Great Valley Book Fest in Manteca on Saturday, October 18, between  10 and 4. Tons of authors from up and down the valley will be there! This is for authors of ALL kinds of books, from kids to adults. So bring the whole family!

That same night, I'll be racing back to Modesto to participate in the Northern California Women's Music Festival, which will feature local women musicians, artists and poets. So exciting!

I'm sure that's not the end of it... so stay tuned.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Its Finally Here!

I've tried to be patient...

Work began on this story over 4 years ago. And finally its done! On sale. Ready to share.

So I'm planning to spend the summer and fall talking about it and visiting as many places as I can to share my creation, "Patient for Pumpkins."

Though it appears to be a fall-themed story, it actually takes place over the course of the summer season. T.J. and his dad visit the Farmer's Market to find fresh, seasonal produce. Each visit, they discover something new and tasty.

Here are some ways to purchase the book online:
Barnes & Noble.com
North Atlantic Books (the publisher)
Random House (the distributor)

Or, please ask for it at your local bookstore.

Maybe even look for me at your local farmer's market this summer and get an autographed copy.

Let me also thank all those people who helped make this endeavor possible!

T.J. and his dad at the market.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

Student art ala Georgia O'Keeffe, tempera
Teaching has been keeping me very busy lately. I love celebrating the spring with flower and animal art. The kids always do such beautiful work!

I'm getting ready for Stanislaus Artist Open Studio tour, coming up on April 12-13. We've been rehabbing the yard, framing art and planning menus. And trying to finish a few new paintings as well.

This year on the tour, my work will be focused on the launch of my first professionally published picture book, Patient for Pumpkins. Here's one of my favorite pictures from the book.

"Summer Bounty" from Patient for Pumpkins, watercolor, 2013
Dinosaur story, work in progress
I've been working on several new picture book ideas. Hoping to have them ready for submissions over the summer. Although, I'm considering another self-publishing venture. We'll see.

Hope you have a beautiful spring!

"Dancing Maidens" watercolor by Linda Knoll, 2013
Yard work.
Refurbished bar stool.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Inspiration from Kids' Projects

I've been SO busy lately teaching art, that I haven't had a lot of time to make any myself. But, after working on a project with trees the other day, I was inspired to try one.

I remember being asked once why techniques such as crayon resist aren't used in "grown up" art. I couldn't really come up with a good answer, except that other methods are available that aren't really suited to kids or teaching. This method of resist uses masking tape. To get a nice rough edge that looks like bark, I had the kids tear the tape, and create the tree with multiple pieces.
And so I did the same masking tape tree for the large one in the foreground. But after that was done, it seemed like it needed more. After one light wash of blue, I added some trees behind by pouring and guiding masking fluid.
Then came a wash of oranges, blues and purples. Still not enough, I thought. So, I put more masking fluid trees. And more vermillion and Payne's gray.
I couldn't wait any longer to remove the masking! This is the result. Still not done, though. I'm pondering my next move. More detail on the foreground tree? But how much? Crop off a little from the left so its not so centered? Hmm. We shall see.

I might try another one from a different perspective. Like this tree from my front yard which has some splendid color right now. Since the first one was really just an experiment, I can now approach it with a plan. Maybe.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Over in the Valley Originals Still for Sale

Rainbow Trout, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Over in the Valley is based on the old children's song, Over in the Meadow, but adapted to tell about the animals that are native to the San Joaquin Valley. It's also a counting song. And the book contains art activities and scientific information about the animals.

The book, is available from Amazon.com, and locally (Modesto, CA) at the McHenry Museum Gift Shop, and the Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College. Prints are available of all 10 pictures in 11"x11" or 8"x8" sizes. 

The following original 11" x 11" watercolor illustrations are for sale, $300 each, plus any shipping or delivery. Email for information, llknoll@gmail.com.

Least Bell's Vireo, from Over in the Valley, 2009

San Joaquin Kit Fox, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back Yard Doodle

Back Yard Doodle, Linda Knoll 2013
Prints available at imagekind

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stanislaus Doodle

Stanislaus Doodle, in progress, Linda Knoll 2013