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Here comes Snakespeare!

Lizard 2 Cover 1.1I have always been fond of lizards, but I never imagined I would fall in love with one. From his birth, tapped out on my blog one night for fun, the Literary Lizard has unexpectedly captured hearts and earned fans—me included.

With Snakespeare, I’m excited to continue his story with Robin Wiesneth, the artist who gives him his lopsided, disarming smile. Her illustrations tell his story as much as my words, breathing life and color into the text.

“An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told,” writes Shakespeare in his play, King Richard III, and Robin and I hope that is what we have done here. This is the simple tale of a snake and a lizard, both afraid that the other will see where they come up short. In the end, words mend and build bridges for both of them.

In the final stages of publishing, the curtains are about to open to reveal Snakespeare, the newest book in the Literary Lizard Adventure series. It will be available on Amazon and local fans will be able to get their copies at Artful Things and Cafe Bienville, both in Niceville.

I will also be signing books in the Kid Zone at the 40th annual Saturday in the Park festival April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lizards, Spiders & Pirantulas—oh MY!

Some October plans have changed and there’s a new book signing scheduled for Oct. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at Cafe Bienville… with Robin Wiesneth! If that were not enough awesome for you, there will be some delicious incentives added in as well.

Robin Wiesneth

Robin Wiesneth

This will be a rare chance to have your books signed by both author and illustrator of both The Library Lizard and The Christmas Spiders. We will also be signing our other books, and my newest offering of Pirantulas! will be available for the first time in a collectable square paperback.

Mark it in your calendar now—Angela Yuriko Smith and Robin Wiesneth jointly signing their books at Cafe Bienville, 314 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, on Oct. 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Books have a new champion—SURPRISE!

IMG_1270Surprise! Robin Wiesneth and her magic brush have been busy yesterday and she has finished all the art for The Literary Lizard, a children’s story I wrote recently.

A mad genius with illustrations, she has brought the story to life with the most adorable and quirky lizard you will ever meet.

The Literary Lizard should be available as an ebook and as a special paperback on Amazon, hopefully by this weekend. Soon the paperback version will be available with local retailers in the Panhandle area and beyond. You can find out more about Robin Wiesneth and her wonderful, whimsical art, at aBrushWithHumor.com.

I am in love with the Literary Lizard and the joy of reading has a new champion 🙂

Creative Symbiosis

Edgar Mouse Poe by Alan F. Beck

Edgar Mouse Poe by Alan F. Beck

I didn’t feel like working yesterday, but Edgar Mouse Poe inspired me to continue on. Created by artist Alan F. Beck, his adorably dour looking mouse was based on the image of Edgar Allen Poe most of us are familiar with.

If Poe could keep at it with a pen and ink, I thought, I guess I have no excuse to opt out for the day. Somewhere, I hope Beck received good karma points because his mouse kept me on track.

Writers often find art and music extremely important to the creative process. We’re all familiar with the idea that an author played a song or album on repeat during the writing process. I like to listen to Jean Michele Jarre and Lindsey Sterling while I write, and Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails while I edit. Early David Bowie is for thinking.

Above my work areas I hang random pieces of art that evoke different moods in me. The eclectic collection is based on thoughts I have when I view them rather than any kind of esthetic criteria. The collection is subject to overhaul at anytime. Poe mouse was one of the most recent additions.

I always wonder why creative types tend to stick with each other—actors to actors, musicians to musicians, writers to writers. I say we mix it up. I enjoy the camaraderie and support of those in my creative groove. Those relationships are invaluable. Gathering a group of creatives from different mediums, however, is electrifying.

Musicians need words for music, writers need to see their words put to use. We are inspired by song and visual arts, other medium are inspired by poetry and prose. After seeing a collage by Robin Wiesneth, I was wrote The Tree Between Fire and Ice. Still in rough draft form, I can see it turning into another children’s book one day. I would have never written it without the visual cue Robin gave me with her work.

This coming week I want to share some of the non-writing creatives that inspire me and influence my own work. Alan F. Beck will probably never know that his work pushed me to keep at one of the best things I’ve ever written. At the minimum, he deserves a share.

You can find Alan’s mix of award winning science fiction, fantasy and surrealism on his site, The Art of Alan F. Beck. My little Poe mouse is part of a larger collection available to be seen in his Mouseopolitan Museum of Art.

I discovered his work at the HorrorCon I went to in May, and it was hard to pick which piece to take home. Were I rich, I would have taken the lot. Instead, I settled on Poe, who turned out to be just what I needed.



Art Finished: Monsters Are Everywhere

© 2014 Mary-Anne Leslie

© 2014 Mary-Anne Leslie

I JUST got back the art for Monsters Are Everywhere and I am excited. We were hoping for a before-Halloween-release date and that’s a given now.

Mary-Anne Leslie did an amazing job on the art, and while I can’t show you everything until it’s released, I can’t help but give you a sneak peek. We are finalizing the release date, but this should be available by mid-October, just in time for Halloween festivities 🙂 Keep watching for details…!

Don’t Worry, Star is set to be released Oct. 5 and Baa Baa Yaga, a collaboration with Robin Wiesneth, is in production,

Win Robin Wiesneth!

Today’s author is Robin Wiesneth, an artist that admire and love and a genuinely wonderful person that I personally adore. She is giving away a digi copy of her brilliant children’s book, Tails of Imagination. Enter to win via the rafflecopter below!

Robin WMy name is Robin Wiesneth and I’m an artist and Children’s book author. I paint quirky yet realistic scenes of whimsy and charm and bring my art into imaginative and fun Children’s books. More than anything, I love to create art and books that makes people smile.

My work often features fanciful scenes like dogs flying toy rockets and life-like predators with cartoon prey. I work primarily with acrylics on canvas but sometimes explore mixed media compositions and paint on a variety of surfaces.

My large collection of paintings in the series I call “Tails of Imagination” inspired me to create the popular  Children’s book series of the same name. Visit Tailsofimagination.com  for more information about books in this series.

I share new ideas for paintings and books here on my blog and on Facebook

Exhibitions & Awards:
  • October 2009  Art for the Heart, Gallery at Grand Blvd, Sandestin
  • January 2012 – Beachcomber cover art
  • February 2012  Local Artist Exhibit, Walton County Library, Florida
  • March-April 2012  A Passion for Art, Northwest Florida State College, South Walton
  • May 2012  Artsquest – Juried show and sale, Seaside, FL – “Tails of Imagination” Artwork Featured as Event Poster
  • November 2012 – Artwork on the cover of Anthology to benefit H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue FWB FLorida
  • December 2012 – Beachcomber cover, 2012 people of the year
  • June 2013 – Beachcomber cover art and feature
  • November 2013 – Honorable Mention for “The Honeymooners” in the “Art for Art’s Sake” show, Full Circle Art Gallery in Ft Walton Beach, FL.
  • December 2013 – Released “Tails of Imagination” as an eBook on Amazon.
  • April 2014 – Release printed version of “Tails of Imagination” on Amazon and local book stores.

I do crazy and original pet portraits from photos so if you have an extremely adorable pet, email me with photos and a good story and I’ll get back with you. You can view my portrait commission rates here.

Thanks for stopping by and if one of my pieces makes you smile or laugh then I’ve done all I set out to do…

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A Poetic Tail and a Plea

From Angela: In keeping with the National Poetry Month theme we have noted children’s author and artist Robin Wiesneth to share some verse with verve. She also does a lot of work to help alleviate the unwanted animal population by helping worthy organizations find homes for them, so after you read her poetry and visit her site, come back and share so Juno and Jarvis (bottom of the post) have a better chance of finding their forever home.

Robin WiesnethHi, Robin here!

You may know me from my hilarious but rarely updated blog “ABrushwithHumor” or my Facebook page of the same name. I have a passion for shelter pets and paint a lot of them (to clarify – I don’t actually paint the animals, I paint pictures of them).

Recently I’ve ventured into children’s picture books and I’m having a blast. This poem is about my first book: Tails of Imagination poem

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Drop by my web site at Tailsofimagination and check it out!

Juno and Jarvis are four-month-old Hound/Pointer pups. Juno is an adorable sweetheart with a little overbite and Jarvis is a little snuggle buddy who had a slight spinal injury, which made his back legs a little wobbly. They are looking for someone with a huge heart to take them home forever. These adorable pups are available for adoption to an approved family. For more info call Alaqua Animal Refuge at (850) 880-6399, visit them at 914 Whitfield Rd, Freeport or find them online at alaquaanimalrefuge.org

Juno and Jarvis are four-month-old Hound/Pointer pups looking for someone with a huge heart to give them a forever home. These adorable pups are available for adoption to an approved family.
For more info call Alaqua Animal Refuge at (850) 880-6399, visit them at 914 Whitfield Rd, Freeport or find them online at alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

Poetry Slammed

Poetry Slammed R Wiesneth and AY Smith

“We’ll just have our own poetry slam.”

To celebrate National Poetry Month my friend Robin Wiesneth and I had great plans – we were heading off to a town neither of us were familiar with to attend a poetry slam competition. We even wrote poems for the occasion. We were focused. We were driven. We were too late.

Due to a series of unfortunate events, we each arrived, separately, to the slam late. For my part, I now know that 285 is not the same road as 85. I also found the way to Mossy Head.

The journey wasn’t a total waste – Robin and I warmed up our literary skills by texting off the cuff poems to each other. A common theme seemed to be the slow truck I was stuck behind. Now what word rhymes with truck when you are angry and late?

Having missed poetry sign up, we decided to mourn our lost opportunity for poetical greatness at Dunkin Donuts, filling the void with Peep topped donuts and coffee. To make it official, we had our own mini slam and exchanged poems and some really good ideas. We wrapped things up with me grabbing some signed copies of Robin’s book, Tails of Imagination, and taking a selfie of ourselves with them.

"This isn't Crestview...!"

The “This isn’t Crestview…!” Selfie

I apologize in advance for the use of the word “selfie.” Ever since I saw all the White House drama over the Obama-Ortiz Selfie Snafu I am hooked on the idea and plan to take as many ridiculous selfies as I can. In fact, here’s one of me lost in Mossy Head on my way to poetry slam.

Thank you Robin for the fun, the donuts, the title of this post and for signing some books for the grandkids…! I’m glad to miss poetry slam with you anytime.

Adventure closed.

Picture Perfect

Picture books have always held a special place in my heart. Combine lush illustrations with rhyming prose and I’m hooked.

Takeoffs are golden

I get the most joy as an artist from creating compositions that tell stories. The artwork in my series “Tails of Imagination” is a collection of self-contained stories that the viewer gets to imagine as they look at each image. As the series grew from a few paintings to dozens, setting these images to “words” seemed like a natural next step.

When I began creating my own picture book, “Tails of Imagination – Ordinary Pets, Extraordinary Adventures“, I started to wonder why I was so enamored with picture books in general. I made a long list of reasons and since I’m practicing to become a better writer, I whittled the list down to a few key points.

  • Picture books bring kids willingly into the difficult task of learning to read.
  • Clever and engaging illustrations prompt a child to ask the important questions: Who? What? Where? Why, and How?
  • Picture books offer a multi-layer way to engage with a story, giving young children a chance to create good reading habits even before they have the skills or vocabulary to read independently.
  • The act of listening as a book is read aloud helps a child to become a good listener.

Here’s a great video presented during Picture Book month (November), that sums it up nicely:

Why do you love picture books? What are your favorites? Please share in the comments below!


Robin Wiesneth is Telling Tales on Journal Jabber!

jj 1Listen in to the last show of the year!

Tonight’s guest is Robin Wiesneth, highly acclaimed author of whimsical paintings that are fine art that makes you giggle and most recently, author of the new children’s book, Tails of Imagination.

Whether you keep up with her on her blog, A Brushjj 6 With Humor or find her new website, Tails of Imagination, Robin is worth hunting for.

As warm, wonderful and whimsical as her paintings… do the children you know a favor (and the secret child inside you) and get some Tails of Imagination into your life. And if all that weren’t awesome enough already, she has some giveaways and free days coming up too!

Here’s my silly rhyme for Robin:

Her trailer’s on Youtube, her tweets are on Twitter

Her Facebook page and her profile are better than sweet apple fritters.

I like her Link’d In, her Google+ I adore.

When you say “Robin Wiesneth” I say “Give us more!”

And I’m done.  You follow the links and I’ll let Robin take it from here ;p

Tonight’s episode is sponsored by The Eyes for Editing!