The Inversion had lifted and it was a Beautiful, Fresh aired, Salt Lake Winter Day.

Driving Martha

Driving Martha

Martha Rago, the art director from Harper Collins Children’s came out from New York for the Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference. The inversion had lifted and it was a beautiful fresh aired, Salt Lake winter day. I picked Martha up at the airport and gave her a ride to Little America.

 

 

 

Room with a View

Room with a View

 

 

She wanted a room with a view so we got her a great room on the second floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Biting Winter Air

Biting Winter Air

 

She got plenty of fresh air and exercise. Every time she wanted a bit of breakfast or a cup of coffee she could just dash across the parking lot to the lobby.

Black Diamond Runs

Black Diamond Runs

 

 

 

 

 

She hadn’t been skiing for 8 years so I took her up on some great hills.

 

 

 

 

 

Joy of Skiing

Joy of Skiing

 

She must have enjoyed it because you could not wipe the smile off her face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh from the Ranch

Fresh from the Ranch

 

She had plenty of time to prepare for her presentation while she waited in the parking lot of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Building as a huge snow storm blew in. The lady that was going to open the doors for us, took her daughter to the hospital at 3 a.m. with an allergic reaction to a spider bite. She had been bitten while spending time at their ranch.

 

 

The Intensive

The Intensive

 

Martha’s presentation and intensive were very informative. She showed with pictures, or illustrator speak, what and why great art works in books and and what grabs her as an art director. She loves picture books and cares deeply for the art and how the books are made. Participants in the intensive were able to get some first hand critiques. We also heard from Mark and Caralyn Buehner. Mark showed us his great illustrations and talked about the art of picture books. He talked about a match made in heaven and snowmen that move at night. Caralyn talked about the art of writing picture books. Caralyn said to remember your audience, the children. The illustrators that attended, left with a great deal of helpful information. It was a great day to network with other illustrators, get inspired and informed.

Off to the Airport

Off to the Airport

 

I drove Martha back to the Salt Lake Airport with a full moon shining in an early morning dark sky. She was off to New York. Some where back in New York, I feel like I have a new skiing buddy. Any time she wants to hit the blue green squares, I’m in.

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About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books.
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