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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Art & Bird News

I was delighted today to learn that a pencil sketch I'd submitted last year for the cover of Charles' new, poetry chapbook, "Wanting the Mouth of a Lover," was accepted & published.
In bird news, I've been struggling to identify a chick that's been hopping around our yard lately. Although it acted like a brown thrasher, that clearly wasn't what it was. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get a picture of it yet, but at least I was able to positively ID it today as a juvenile Eastern towhee.
This morning, I spotted this juvenile red-headed woodpecker out back. He followed the juvenile red-bellied woodpecker around like they were brothers (much to the seeming chagrin of the latter.)

24 comments:

Marvin said...

Sounds like y'all have an avian pre-school going in your backyard. It's great watching the cycle of life continue.

Congratulations on having your sketch accepted. Having the chapbook display your and Charles' combined talents is great.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I remember the first time I had a published story with an illustration. I wondered whether it would reflect the story ... and of course I wasn't disappointed. Your sketch makes me think of horror haiku in a good way. Congrats.

timethief said...

Congratulations on the sketch being used on the chapbook. That's great news. :-)

I'm also a birdwatcher. We have western towhees here. We also have pileated woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, and downy woodpeckers eating the suet from my birdfeeder.

Larry said...

What's up with the Red-bellied Woodpecker? Does it feel superior to the Red-headed Woodpecker or is it just jealous?

Lana Gramlich said...

marvin; Thanks you! I'd tried doing some sketches to illustrate one of his previous books, but it just wasn't working out. Things are flowing better for me these days, artistically, so perhaps I'll have to give it another shot for his next book.
We're loving the avian nursery--particularly as this year's hatchlings are even more prolific than last year's!

jr; Thank you! I had a couple of ideas for the cover, but I thought the simplicity of this design was expressive enough without being overpowering.

timethief; Thank you. :) We've had other woodpeckers, too (almost all of them,) but I haven't been able to get pictures yet. The red-bellied are the most prolific throughout our area. The pileated woodpeckers are surprisingly shy, considering their size. A while back I saw a hawk attacking one across the street (it got away.)

larry; I was actually pretty surprised at the red-bellied woodpecker, considering that he's tended to be too trusting for his own (ultimate) good. When all the other birds take off in a huge wave at some sign of danger, he doesn't even bat an eye. His own dad dive-bombed him one day in an effort to make him go & he didn't even flinch. Perhaps the red-headed woodpecker is just putting him in his place. *L*

laughingwolf said...

grats on the cover, lana; and grats to charles for publication :)

PassionNature78 said...

I just discovered your blog, your beautiful photos, super interesting, very varied and I see that we have much in common! Friends
I love ...
Excuse my English
"The French PassionNature78" ...

Steve Malley said...

Congratulations!!

Be sure and mention your illustration credit on your resume. After all, in a world where MFAs may paint like brain-damaged donkeys, the folk who organize shows and things like any little bit of reassurance they can get!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Super congrats, Lana!!! You're sure getting the projects. :D I'm proud of you.

I have never seen an Eastern towhee before. How lovely. Almost dove-like.

Hugs, JJ

Erik Donald France said...

That's very cool and eerie -- congrats!

PassionNature78 said...

Super....

Travis said...

Congratulations on the artwork. Although the poetry chapbook reminds me that I have two unfished poems I should be giving some attention.

Crayons said...

Lana,
Congratulations! That's exciting and probably really gratifying.

I like this project of naming young birds. I was proud of naming a baby killdeer yesterday.

Finally, you made me laugh so much in the comments that you left this week. I let my niece read the story of your Bat Mitzvah. Her eyes grew wide.

Thanks for being such a good bloggy friend.

Shauna Roberts said...

How cool that you and Charles have a publication together. Congrats on having your picture selected. Thanks for putting up the bird photos.

Christina said...

Congratulations on having your picture selected. I like the title you gave it.

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf, erik, travis, shauna & christina; Thanks! :)

passionnature78; Your English is better than my French. :) Glad you like my blog! You've got beautiful photos, as well.

steve; Thanks. You know I added that little tidbit to my resume before I even took my next breath! *L*

jj; We love the local towhees. They're actually a large type of sparrow!

carolyn; Thank you for being a great blog friend, as well. I so enjoy seeing your beautifully illustrated tales! Glad I was able to give you a laugh. ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

That cover is sweettt, but not as sweet as you.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; No, you!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on the cover!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; Thank you. :)

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey honey,

That's fantastic about your book cover! I'm very excited for you. Totally cool that you and Charles' work gets to be together!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Yes, I really enjoyed this opportunity to collaborate. Perhaps we can do more together in the future, as well. :)

natural said...

cool, i like the cover. very nice work!

side note: the link you left to charles' blog needs fixing, i was able to get to it though.

Lana Gramlich said...

nw; Thanks for the compliment & the heads up. I've fixed the link. :)

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