Thursday, September 25, 2008

birthday memories

Why I’m thinking about birthdays when it’s not my birthday?: This year I started a company to license my artwork (one2moo). I had a booth at SURTEX (a trade show for surface and textile design), and I also shared a booth at The Licensing Show. People talked to me about my art and made comments about what they liked and what worked (or didn’t). One thing I learned is that I need to have more birthday art, so I've been working on ideas.

When you think of celebrating birthdays, what images come to mind? I’m trying to think of everything so I have lots of fun things to draw. For instance, everyone thinks of birthday cake, but there are lots of variations that I could draw: whole cake, piece of cake, cupcake, 3 tier cake, etc. (BTW, the picture is my actual birthday cake from last year, the top tier was about the size of a cupcake.)

Writing Exercise: What is your favorite birthday memory when you were little? How about when you were a teen?

When I was little, we used to make caramel apples almost every year close to my birthday. This was before the caramel wraps and the caramel dips, back when you used to have to unwrap all of the caramels individually and put them in a pot to melt them before you dipped in your apples. After the apples were dipped and cooled, Yum!

When I turned nineteen, I went to a U2 concert, which was awesome. I loved seeing them live, but the best part was at the end of the concert. The crowd kept singing the last song (“40”) long after the band left the stage, and continued to sing it, out of the stadium and into the parking ramp. When we opened the car windows, we could still hear people singing on the way home. Can you imagine something you created inspiring people like that? Coolest thing ever.

Book Pick: Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Jane tries to save her friend Allison from a deal she made with the devil, that transformed her from awkward to amazing overnight. There are lots of twists and turns as good battled evil for the souls of Jane’s best friend and the girls at her prep school. This book is as delicious as the cupcake on the front cover!