Monday, March 23, 2009



This is the second watercolor portrait I ever did! It's of my little nephew. He's not so little anymore, a little over six feet tall and married!

I was exploring the web this weekend and found so many inspiring children's book stories. So I thought you might like to take a peek at what I found:

This website has a LONG list of short author/illustrator VIDEO interviews:
http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews

Recently I found some very fun, interesting, short video interviews on http://www.ExpandedBooks.com. Two of them featuring mere children, one of them an illustrator who began her book when she was 7 years old, and another of a young author who is only eight years old.

Emma Kragen with her father about THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/60

Writing Prodigy Adora Svitak
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/100

The next five videos explain themselves!

Maurice Sendak’s new “brilliant and deliciously funny” pop-up book MOMMY. It only has one word throughout, can you guess what it is? (interview includes Mr. Sendak–legendary author/illustrator, Arthur Yorinks-writer, and illustrator/paper engineer-Mathew Reinhart)
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/109

Mark Teague, author and illustrator HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL?
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/179

Marine scientist Ellen Prager, ADVENTURE ON DOLPHIN ISLAND combines fact with fiction for children
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/55

Husband and wife team Richard and Steffanie Lorig authors of SUCH A SILLY BABY! at a school visit
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/357

Daren and Daniel Simkin, author and illustrator brothers interviewed by sister, Shana about their book THE TRAVELER.
http://www.expandedbooks.com/video/view/393

Click on these and have fun listening to the authors and illustrators talk about their work!

5 comments:

paperpassion said...

Just came across your blog Mara! Wow your work is gorgeous - thank you for sharing so many wonderful techniques, I have bookmarked and will definately be visiting again!
Kim :0))

Mara Mattia said...

Thank you for visiting, and for your warm comments! Your blog is very exciting-I love your visual diary cover (visual diary is such a wonderful idea!), all your creative scrapping and design challenge pages ...so fun, so pretty! I love your links too! Good luck with your Graphics Design Course - you've inspired me! :)

Janna Lynn Mattia said...

Is that Dusty or Jage?

Mara Mattia said...

That is Dusty! ...almost 28 years ago!

ali cavanaugh said...

dear mara,

this baby portrait is VERY nice. i love the rich skin tones... well done. i also love how you post the images of your students working. they are very blessed to have you as a teacher!