I am so happy to announce that This is Ella is finished and set for release this month!
Krista and Ella will be coming down to Washington next month to celebrate and I am so stoked!
Looking Glass Coffee in Snohomish has generously offered their beautiful venue for the book release party on December 16th from 6:30 to 8:30.
Then on Sunday, December 17th we will be at The Never-ending Bookshop in Bothell from 1-3ish to talk about the book.
After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and hours upon hours of work, Krista worked with the folks at Friesen Press to produce paperback, hardbound and ebook versions of the book. She has done a stellar job on the writing and handling all the publishing details. She is a rockstar. I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of working with her on this book.
It was purely a pleasure to illustrate sweet Ella and I hope with all my heart that the children who read this book will be helped to see the beauty in diversity.
To purchase the book you can go directly to the Friesen Press online bookstore.
The paperback version is also on Barnes and Noble.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
I want to share with you all a project I am currently working on illustrating.
‘This is Ella’ is a beautifully written book about a vivacious little girl named Ella. This book is designed to help children see the beauty in diversity.
Ella is a fun loving little girl, just about to start school. While she may speak a little differently than you, and she may look a little different than you, she can be a really good friend.
This is a grassroots project, written by my friend Krista Lee Ewert, who also happens to be Ella’s mom.
To find out how you can support this project or to purchase the book, you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8716905/this-is-ella
You can also find out more at: http://www.kristaewert.com
I recently finished up another illustration project for Cedar Springs. It’s a promotional postcard featuring our battlefield themed lazer tag. Yesterday I stopped by the office to pick up a copy of the prints. I feel so blessed to live and work here.
I did the illustrations in ink and watercolor, then tidied them up in Photoshop.
We took the boys out on the mountain loop to find snow last weekend.
It’s been warming up steadily out here and it seems we made it out just in time. The snow was crusty and melting but we had fun all the same.
Being out in nature, watching my kids play, often puts me in a mood to paint. Sometimes I’m able to maintain that mood and retain the energy until an opportune time. This was one of those blessed times.
I realize I painted them looking like babies. They are growing so fast! But in my heart they will probably always be my little babies. ❤️
I had the pleasure of designing a post card for our camp.