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c. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Why Stop at Six?
Original drawing by Sir John Tenniel for Louis Carroll’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This week, I’m seriously honored to be featured over at Julie Danielson’s wonderful blog about children’s books, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Why Stop at Six?

Read the feature here…and while you’re at it, browse around a bit too. I think you’ll be thrilled to find so many interviews and features of both published and aspiring illustrators. Her writing style will make you feel like you’ve just had tea and cookies with your best friend, and I bet you’ll immediately become of fan. (Of the blog! But you might like my art too. Tee hee.)

Says Julie (aka Jules) about her delightful blog…

All you really need to know: This blog, dubbed “7-Imp” by the rest of the blogosphere, was co-founded in 2006 by two folks, Eisha and Jules. As of 2009, Jules is officially blogging solo. I’m a librarian. I love to read. I need books like I need air and water. And when I post about a children’s book, I pledge to go beyond the word “cute” to describe it.

Like John Tenniel’s work? See all of his original drawings for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland here.

SusanHAnd lastly, see my new Alice in Wonderland painting, “Mad Tea Party”, which soon become one of the permanent mastheads on the Seven Impossible Things blog. See her post about it here.

"Mad Tea Party" c. Susan Sorrell Hill

“Mad Tea Party” c. Susan Sorrell Hill

**Update 8/26/13**  See the new Seven Impossible Things masthead featuring my “Mad Tea Partyhere.

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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is tall.

I live in the middle of a small clearing (translation: logged) in the middle of a forest of very tall pines, cedars, madrones and oaks. I love the sound of the wind blowing through them, but not the perpetual feeling of being surrounded (translation: trapped, stuck, pinned down). Daylight is shorter here too. Generally speaking, a bit oppressive. So I can well imagine how this little tree might feeling…

Perhaps if I was more a bit more relaxed, I would feel sheltered instead? Hmmm.

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The Good News Department

** Recently sold my first original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting out of my new Etsy shop! See what sold here. Yay!

** Watch for my “Up-and-Coming-Illustrator” feature coming out next Sunday (September 2) at the always wonderful and informative blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Look for the post and link here at my blog next Sunday, or go directly to 7-Imp (as it’s nicknamed) to read the feature. Double yay!

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“Life in the City”  (watercolor, pen & ink, colored pencil)

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Studio view East

Studio view NE

Studio view NW

Studio view from the door

I have become a great admirer of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog, and especially of their artist interviews. They are simultaneously personal, informative and informal… and often there is an exciting peak into the artist’s studio too. Imagine my surprise when I realized that my own studio does not look so very different from other artist’s/illustrator’s studios! Could it be we are all from the same tribe?

Here’s a paragraph I used recently to describe my working space…

Aspiring book illustrators, my Muse and I work and play hard in our eleven-by-eleven foot studio, where the sign on the door reads, “You Are Entering The Room Of Forgetting.” We paint mostly in watercolor these days, with pen & ink and colored pencils on fine papers. Our second favorite place is the garden, so we stay connected through a big window that overlooks the trees and flowers… and also offers a view of my neighbor’s dog, Riley, who inspires us with his great JOY.”


Lots of the pictures we make in the studio can be seen on this blog, and on my website.

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