Kindness and charity one gift at a time.

Design of the Picture Book

by Amy Martin

I highly, HIGHLY recommend clicking over to Amy’s website. She has beautiful work everywhere you look, including some wordless spreads from Symphony City. Her style commands attention while still being sweet and subtle. {I particularly enjoy the Alphabet of Los Angeles. Taco Truck!} And I’m eyeballing one of her prints for my teeny corner of the house. Symphony City is her first book.

Music drives the story in Symphony City, which is so interesting given that it’s obviously in book form: art + pictures. And that is what is so magical about this book. The language is spare and staccato, leaving room for the pictures to whisk the reader away. Even the endpapers and title page sing with beats and rests.

nothing to do

we can make it if we hurry

{This is my favorite spread in the whole entire book. I love that…

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If we would see others as they see themselves, our shyness would soon become compassion.  ~ Robert Brault

Creative Life

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.  ~Kim Nance


The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~ Elisabeth Foley


Thankfully I’m learning everyday.

There is ALWAYS enough.

Blessings, love, laughter, magic and passion.

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Right now, begin. Take the first step toward the best year of your life.

Isn’t that the focus of your resolution?

“I will have the best year ever.”

So begin, now. Today.

You’ll have a new chance every day

because every day is

a new beginning.

Happy New Year!


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