November already! The trees still have a lot of their leaves and everything is glowing.

I recently took a trip with a friend to the Keene Children’s Literature Festival in New Hampshire.

Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner, E.B.Lewis, Bryan Collier and Harry Bliss all did very different and inspiring presentations.

I am a huge fan of Melissa Sweet so it was a real treat to see her in person. She talked a lot about her latest book Balloons over Broadway and also talked about her work process, which was fascinating. I love how she uses a combination of watercolour and collage and her illustrations are always whimsical and fun.

She also talked about little drawing exercises that she does sometimes to get warmed up. One example that she had was to cut out a bunch of paper squares and each day spend just fifteen minutes on creating a piece of art. I think that it’s a great idea and a fun way to loosen up. I haven’t been doing a lot of drawing lately and I kept thinking about that exercise so now that the first of the month has rolled around, I am inspired to give it a go – a little drawing a day in only fifteen minutes.

While we were in Keene, we were lucky to catch the Keene Pumpkinfest – there were pumpkins…

a lot of pumpkins….

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