Friday, September 3, 2010

Pursue your dreams!

I love to pursue my dreams. I feel that dreams are my creative journey. I am working on a story outline for my next “My Fuzzy’s World” adventure story which will be titled “My Fuzzy in Paris”.

Besides I also enjoy making small but significant plans for other fun and creative adventures! Pursuing my dreams inspires and energizes my mind and creativity. While I will be creating my new novella in my free time I am also making plans for a wonderful journey to Europe next year. I am dreaming of visiting Florence, Rom and the Amalfi coast. Travelling always inspires me in many charming ways.

Take a moment to think what dreams you would like to pursue.

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Louise Carey art print on cafepress.com

For more information about "My Fuzzy in Paris" please read my blog titled: "What's next for My Fuzzy and his plush friend?"

http://myfuzzysworld.blogspot.com/2010/07/whats-next-for-fuzzy-and-his-plush.html

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The magical illustration art of Polish artist Jan Marcin Szancer

Polish artist Jan Martin Szancer (1902-1973) was a true Renaissance man. Besides his exquisite and unique talent as a children’s illustrator he also was a talented painter, print maker, draftsman and a professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts among other artistic professional tasks.

Jan Martin Szancer  illustrated over 240 books, including classic polish and international children’s literature  by Julian Tuwim,  Jan Brzechwy, Ignazy Krasicki, Adam Mickiewicz, Hans Christian Andersen, Carlo Collodi and BolesÅ‚aw Prus among others.

Jan was especially gifted with an extraordinary, enchanting and unlimited vivid imagination which he expressed brilliantly and beautifully in his colourful and unique  illustrations. Children and adults loved to be captivated into a magical world of fantasy which Jan created with his distinctive and delightful illustrations.

Looking at some of Jan’s  charming illustrations today I begin to slowly remember the special and wonderful moments in my childhood which made me escape into a world of  joyful enchantment,fantasy, magic and many delightful childhood mysteries.

Here are some of Jan's beloved and treasured illustrations:

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J. M. Szancer, cover illustration for Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim (Poland, 1954)


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J. M. Szancer, illustration for Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim


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J.M. Szancer, cover illustration for Abecadlo Krakowskie by Wanda Chotomska


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J.M. Szancer, cover illustration for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


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J.M. Szancer, illustration for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


Enjoy!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Writing and illustrating for children-a delightful task

I do truly treasure my artistic talent of writing and illustrating for children. Creative writing for children is a great responsibly but also a very rewarding one.

When I decided to fulfill my dream project of writing and  illustrating my debut novel for young children titled “My Fuzzy’s World”, I embarked on a creative, challenging and very enchanting journey. I took some time to pursue this dream in 2009 and I can proudly say that I have made my dream come true. It took me approximately one year of full time work to  create and complete my novella for young readers.

I had no previous experience writing and illustrating children’s books. Back in my child and young adulthood I loved to write stories and drawing was also one of my very early creative passions. Through the years my life became consumed by education and later on a full time career.

When I rediscovered my artistic talent I felt that creative writing was something I truly had missed in all those years. I simply forgot about my talent and also to take some time to pursue it on a deeper level.  After accomplishing my special project I felt some kind of an enlightenment-I had truly pursued my dream project and made it come true trough hard work, courage and perseverance.

                                                                                     
When I write and illustrate for young children I feel a great passion, joy and happiness.  I don’t consider it a job at all-rather an enchanting and fulfilling task as I love to challenge my creative mind. I write and illustrate from my heart and with my soul with the mission to educate, entertain and engage young children. I also want to inspire and encourage them to pursue their own colourful dreams and make them understand that nothing great in life is impossible to accomplish if one has the courage to pursue a dream.

This is my dream job!

For more information on how “My Fuzzy’s World” came to life and about the joy of creative writing refer to these earlier posts:

http://myfuzzysworld.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-my-fuzzys-world-came-to-life.html

http://myfuzzysworld.blogspot.com/2010/07/joy-of-creative-writing.html

Happy reading!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How do you define success?

I believe that we all define success differently. For  myself  it is happiness, health, joy, financial wealth, good friends, a caring family and a loving soul mate in my life. I believe that these are strong and important attributes to ones success.

As a creative children's writer I am driven by creativity, authenticity, passion, perseverance, excellence and a strong motivation to excel with my debut children’s novel  “My Fuzzy’s World” to a children's book bestseller in near future.

I consider myself a successful children's author always on the go promoting my book and writing creative blog posts and online articles. I believe that success is a lifelong journey of  hard work, passion, courage, perseverance and believing that you can accomplish anything you desire. Some people achieve success quickly and some of us work very hard to be successful in one’s working, private and social life's. 

Always have courage to pursue your dreams.

Take a moment to think how  you define success. 

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Art print by Gustav Knutsen on cafepress.com

Helpful resources for aspiring children’s writers

Here is a list of some beneficial sources which I recommend for any one who desires to become a children’s writer.  Please also refer to my previous post on how to become a children’s writer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_literature

http://www.randomhistory.com/1-50/024children.html

http://www.writing-world.com/children/index.shtml

http://cbiclubhouse.com/

http://www.underdown.org/

http://people.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/bookbiz/advice/advice.htm

http://www.kidsreads.com/index.asp

http://writersdigest.com/article/101-websites-2009

http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/

http://www.writerswrite.com/cgi-bin/childw.pl?search=orgs

Happy researching!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Challenge your creativity from within

Creative people of all kind of talents always have doubts if their creativity is authentic, exclusive, innovative, enchanting, captivating and delightful enough to stand out from the crowd.  Many more doubts cross possibly creative minds everyday.

Some of the greatest masters of all time from the past went trough emotions of self-doubt and criticism, failure and also genius.

I believe that anyone who desires to be creative in life needs to challenge its creativity from within. Replace the doubt with passion and courage for your creativity and start from within.

                                       Daring by Andrea Roberts on cafe press

                   Daring art print by Andrea Roberts on cafepress.com

An inspiring and unique quote on creativity


“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet and philosopher.

I often compare creativity with the art of creating a painting on a canvas. Begin your creative journey on a blank canvas. Your creative mind and skills will take you on a magical journey. Pursue your creativity with a passion and courage!

Remember this famous quote by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).