On September 25, 2018 a new edition of Super Simple Sumi-e was released by Little Bigfoot, the children’s book imprint of Sasquatch Books, and is being distributed nationwide by Penguin Random House! It certainly is a thrill for me to have this book become widely available to children and adults around the country who want to play with brush and ink and put their creative energy into making animals come alive with Asian brush painting.
Here’s the cover of the new book and look for more details in the coming weeks as my website is redesigned. And in the meantime, check out the links on Twitter and Facebook from Sasquatch Books. And get your local bookstore to order it! You can purchase the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Powell’s.
A good portion of the Year of the Dog has already passed, but lest you think I forgot (a reasonable assumption) I want to share a story with you. Last December, while traveling in India, I visited the Arunachala Animal Sanctuary in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, which works primarily with dogs, or the furry ones, as they call them. It is a place of amazing love, where the animals not only receive excellent veterinary care, but also extraordinary caring, presence, and love. My heart just opened to this love when I walked through the door. Being blown open by the unconditional love, I made a donation to their work when I returned home to the US. That started a wonderful love affair with dogs for this year.
The director asked me for some prints for the walls of their newly expanding space. I set to work and created 8 dog paintings of different breeds, primarily copied from books and the internet. The finished paintings were photographed, the files sent to India, enlarged and printed there and then laminated so they would withstand the Indian climate. Now, as you can see, they hang on the wall in the shelter!