Odditerrarium, art, ants, anteaters and books

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Ants are making progress… in my new artist book that is! In my last post I was working on “Ant Hology” using a collage of letters, ink and gouache. It’s another miniature 2 inch square book that opens to 20 inches long. Here’s the progress:

The letters I used came from Columbia Gorge Book Arts.

Now to do the graphic design hocus pocus and send a digital file containing all of these ants to Storyberries!

In my last post I shared a sketchbook page that had Anteaters in it … yes, there’s a new children’s book in progress. The text was written by Judy Sullens. Please notice that I used my ant research in this project too! Ha! Here’s the first illustration:

But this new book has been put aside temporarily so I can make new Odditerrarium paintings to replace some of the paintings that have sold at Burnt Bridge Cellars via Caplan Art Designs.

Here’s my studio supervisor dachshund supervising the paintings in progress. They need to be finished by the time you read this post so my supervisor is helping to keep me focused. Says the dog “Hey, where are you going..?”

Here’s a look at the two paintings on my easel now that they’re finished except for the varnishing, framing and delivering. Due Tuesday!

Storyberries contacted me about their release date for the ebook version of my Odditerrarium. Here’s a Reel about Odditerrarium on Storyberries that I did to help explain the visual story puzzle aspect of my Odditerrarium project.

And – drumroll please – here’s the ebook version of Odditerrarium on Storyberries! https://www.storyberries.com/short-stories-for-kids-odditerrarium-by-sue-clancy-art-books-for-kids/

When I was a kid I loved looking at coffee table books with paintings in them. Now I’m enjoying making books for children that contain my fine art because the little kid I once was would have absolutely loved a book like Odditerrarium!

Anyway, this week has been very busy but even so I still played in my sketchbook most mornings (you can see what I sketched via my Substack sketchbook emails here) and each evening I read books. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

And here’s the evening shift supervisor cat who makes sure we have whipped cream on our hot chocolate, maintain a regular reading program and still get to bed at a decent hour. Says the cat “Hey, you with the thumbs, quit poking about on the phone and get back to lap making and book reading.”

I hope your week is pleasant. See you next Monday.

9 thoughts on “Odditerrarium, art, ants, anteaters and books

    1. Lol!!! Thank you so much!! I just can’t wait to work on Judy’s and my joint project again – and we both look forward to sharing more of it with you!! Thank you so much for your kind words!!! ❤❤❤❤

  1. The Odditerrarum looks great of Storyberries! It just occurred to me that there are probably going to be a lot of little kids begging for a terrarium hat for the family dog. I just love the anteater’s tie! (Although I wouldn’t want one for myself.)

    1. Lol!!!!! I love your thought that a lot of little kids will be begging for terrariums !!! 🤣 I’m laughing out loud!! Thanks for that!!!
      As far as the anteater’s tie…it was either that or ant patterned underwear…🤣 For obvious reasons I decided against the “ants in your pants” underwear. 🤣❤
      Thank you for your delightful comment!! I appreciate you!!

  2. Love, love, love ‘Ant Hology’!! What fun it is going down and down into their colony with them discovering the nooks and crannies and reciting the letters. It feels like I’m part of their working team, ordering the letters correctly (and I think it would be fun if I were learning my letters that way.)
    Wonderful issue to have in needing to produce painting to replace those sold. I hope it didn’t keep you away from lap making and reading for too long. I’m glad your kitty-supervisor makes sure you’re getting your whipped cream on hot chocolate, even when extra busy. 😀 Have a great week!

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