“Loren, your art is beautiful. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t be an artist.”
- Loren Long's mother
Loren had an eye exam after having trouble seeing the chalkboard at school.
It was then, at age 14, that he was diagnosed as being color blind.
The optometrist said to Loren's mom that it was no big deal unless he wanted to be an electrician or a dermatologist or an artist.
The problem was...Loren's dream WAS to be an artist.
Loren did not give up on his dream because of his mother's encouraging and immediate response.
All of the month of May and the beginning of June kept me busy with preparations for attending my first book conference.
The 21st Century Children Nonfiction Book Conference was an amazing experience. I was able to attend workshops, panel discussions and social networking events with numerous engaging authors and publishers.
I highly recommend the book written by one of the conference presenters, Laurie Salas Purdie, for your little ones.
Her book, A Leaf Can Be, is incredibly enchanting and a great inspiration piece to use with the fun art projects I wrote about in my last two Spring posts,
“Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.”—Anais Nin
Do you remember, as a child, lying in the grass on a warm summer day, looking up at the sky, watching the clouds change formation as the wind tossed them across the blue landscape?
This is the magic that's captured in the charming little picture book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk
by Charles G. Shaw, published in 1947.
The graphics in the book are simple white shapes against a blue background. The back cover entices you with the verbiage, “Sometimes it looked like Spilt Milk.