Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Lilt of Your Voice

"Voice is like an accent. You never hear your own. But that doesn't mean you don't have one." 
S.P. Bowers

Color landscape bookplate by Peter Dietzsch
Courtesy Frederikshavn Museum

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Artistic Gap

"It's only by actually going through a volume of work that...the work you are making will be as good as your ambitions."
Ira Glass*

Bookplate from the British Museum,
via Pinterest

*Brain Pickings

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Who's Stealing Your Joy?

 "The only writer to whom I should be comparing myself is the writer I was yesterday." 
Emma Dryden

Art Nouveau style bookplate by Ludwig Hohlwein
Courtesy IparmuveszĂ©ti MĂșzeum

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Portfolio Perspective

“If you can look at your earlier work and cringe a little, that means you’ve improved.”
Dan Santat*

Library Trees bookplate by Melanie Amaral

*Via SCBWI: The Blog

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Narration Is About Gesture*

"You really can accomplish a lot if you are willing to get up out of your chair, change your environment, and act out scenes in your book."
Will Terry**

The Dance Teacher, bookplate by Elita Viliama
Via Pinterest

*also a quote from Will.
**Via Tara Lazar

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cultivate Your Artistic Pursuits

"Courage...[is]...making choices that move you toward your goal despite the fear. As an artist, I have to cultivate practices that create fear that fear doesn't paralyze me."

Technically not a bookplate, but a great motif to make your own.
Ancient Tree from

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big Plans, Small Steps

"Dream big and make plans to move toward them, but appreciate the journey along the way."

—Jennifer Chambliss Bertman*

Girl looking out to sea bookplate
Can anyone identify this artist's signature?