Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcome Spring, 2017

Old School House Town of Stratton, Vt.  Teacher's Desk
Spring is a great time for teaching art classes and residencies, that connects one to the past, as well as, the present.  I had a wonderful opportunity to teach my first Artist Residency at a local, rural school of 14 students, 2 classrooms, 1 multi - purpose room and a small lobby.  Set in a small town, of approx. 300 people, the Windham Elementary School wanted to find a way to re-connect their students to the town's history, going back to 1795, through art, writing and poetry.  We visited old school houses, (there used to be 8 schools in Windham, in the old days,) town halls, churches and grave yards.  We explored Vermont's history, from the Glacier age, to the Abenaki's, through French / Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War and the Green Mountain Boys, the Civil War and the Underground Railroad, to the first steam engine trains and cars, to the present.
Old Gas Light Chandelier, now electric, Windham Church, Christine Mix
The children took sketch books with them on all of the field trips, recording the history they learned via sketches and writing down thoughts, notes and poems.
  I felt truly inspired by such of an amazing group of students!  Not only were they engaged, but, they were so excited to learn and see what their community was like hundreds of years ago!  
   Soon, once we get all of the photos uploaded, I will share more.  The school is having all of the student's final art, stories, poems and hopefully some awesome images from their sketch books, printed and published in a book that will be sold at the local store in West Townshend, Vt., to help support the school.  We will also be having a final exhibit and celebration, with an old fashioned contra dance... to be announced soon!

Old Wood Stove, used for heating School Houses in the Winter, 1800's

I have to say, the week I spent working with the students and teachers at Windham Elementary, was a wonderful, awesome experience!  Made possible through the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts.   Special thanks to all of the teachers and staff at WES, all of the amazing students and towns people who made it such a success! More pictures and celebration dates to come! And thanks to the Brattleboro Reformer for putting the story on the 1st page last week!,504776

On Another Note...
Grid Exercise, by Christine Mix

   The day after I finished the residency at Windham Elementary,  I had another great experience teaching a "Turning Photo's Into Drawings, Drawing With the Grid Method," workshop, at the Gallery at the Vault, in Springfield, Vt..
 This was a good opportunity for me to also turn a photo of my Grandmother, Great Aunt an Great Grandfather into a drawing, which I will be painting soon as well.  I really enjoyed teaching the class, as we had a few senior citizens who had hardly drawn before, and it was really special to see them turn a photo of their loved ones or pets, into beautiful and accurate drawings, and finding their confidence, and sense of purpose.  It was great to see them smile and to take their inked drawings home, free to paint as they like, at their own pace.

All in all, it's been a successful Spring so far, but, now, it's time to get back to my children's illustrations,  stories and submissions.   I feel a little guilty being away from my drawing board for so long, but, I have been sketching and playing around with story ideas.  It's good to take a break to get in touch with one's community and past.
As I once heard Ken Burns say, about his documentary on Thomas Jefferson, "If you don't know where you've come from, how can you know where you are going?"
Sketch from President Obama's Farewell Speech, by Christine Mix

Random sketch from my pocket sketch book, Christine Mix copyright 2017

Happy Winter to all! 

Is the Puppy Asleep? Pencil sketch by Christine Mix copyright 2017

 Living in the Northeast, I find myself always looking forward to Winter, where the snow, ice storms, and sometimes, even the flu bugs, slows us down.  
Snowy Vermont, by Christine Mix copyright 2017

  Here begins the season of hibernation, a time to take a look at our lives from the past year, or maybe even, the years before, and find ways to rest, re-think and revise.   And, what better way to fill our cups again, then with a few good books to read, audio books to listen to, movies to watch, along with snowy walks and visiting with long lost friends? 

  As our cups refill, our imagination becomes alive once more, and encourages us to re-organize, line up our stories, pencils, pens, paint brushes, computers, and enjoy the free time to create.   It's also a great time to fine tune, revise and finish those manuscripts and dummies to get ready to submit for the Spring and Summer.   
Revision of DS spread from Spike & the Wee Sea Folk, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

    As we come to the near end of February, I find it's a great time to start planting seeds - not only for our gardens, but, for all of those new ideas of stories and drawings that come to us as we rest, walk, play, cook and even shovel snow.   A great time for new sketches, drafts and new beginnings.

 Happy Holidays to All!

A new little holiday poem I wrote just for the holidays for all of my friends.  May your holidays be filled with peace, love and joy!

Where Has November Gone?
Ship in the Bottle and the Fairy, Pencil, photoshop, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Where has November gone?   

Like the leaves twisting and blowing,

 We find ourselves coming and going.

Taking care not to go too fast.

So we can make the moments last.

The December winds whirl,

Like the snow, sparkling and twirling.

We find ourselves making days cheery.

Taking care to stay warm at night.

So we can make the dreamtime last.

Wake up!  The holidays are here!

Evergreens, holly and berries,

We find ourselves laughing and tearing.

Taking care not to eat too much,

So we can make the leftovers last.

Oh, where has the year gone by?
Like the seasons moving and changing,
We find ourselves waking and growing.
Taking care not to work too hard,
So we can make the friendships last.

By Christine Mix, Dec. 2016

And - Here are three little old favorite illustrations, (below), from the early days, painted in watercolor, as memories to share.
It's Santa!   by Christine Mix copyright 1995, watercolor

Silver Harmony, watercolor, by Christine Mix, copyright 1998

Spike's Christmas in the City, watercolor, by Christine Mix, copyright 1996

And to here's a sneak peak of what I've been up too.... will catch up more in the New Year 2017!   Just some new revisions of works in progress:
Spike Break's Free!  Watercolor, DS WIP, watercolor, by Christine Mix copyright 2016
Model Sheet - Character Development, pencil, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

The Three Little Pig's and the Wolf, watercolor, photoshop, DS, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Oct. / Nov. 2016
Pet Sketches

Life is always changing and when pets come in to our lives, they bring us so much love and joy.  And when they leave, they remind us that life is short, and that compassion and kindness should be part of our lives everyday.   Animals know how to love unconditionally and they can teach us a great deal, if only we listen, look and open our hearts.

   Here are some sketches that I recently drew of three of our pets who have filled our lives these last few years.   
Not only have they inspired us, but, their love and memories live on in our hearts - always.
Mandy, 2005-2016, pencil sketch by Christine Mi copyright 2016
Buddy and Honey, Best friends, pencil sketch by Christine Mix copyright 2016

To Day Job, or Not to Day Job?
Double Spread WIP for Three Little Pigs - CBIG Illustrator Day, 2016, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

 This Summer and Fall have been filled with library programs, camps, seasonal day jobs, and of course, lot's of learning opportunities! 
  I feel like the ghosts, October flew by and the wind brought in November.  I have, however, been sketching, revising, participating in critiques, on-line and off.  
And I have to say, there is something about having other work, besides one's illustration, it always serves as inspiration for future stories - and working with great people a few times a week is a warm welcome from the isolation of an artist's studio!
Although I haven't been able to post on my social media as often as I should, I have been sketching and painting away behind and between, the scenes... 

Little Folk in the City Series, Sketch, Ink, for Inktober, 2016, By Christine Mix copyright 2016

DS Revise in progress, Spike and the Wee Sea Folk, By Christine Mix copyright 2016

DS Revise in progress, Spike and the Wee Sea Folk, By Christine Mix copyright 2016



September 2016!

            September is finally here and Summer is starting to cool down here in Vermont. 
 A Royal Escape, pencil sketch by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Now that Summer is winding down and the leaves are just starting to change to orange and red, it's good to be working a steady pace again, and finding time to draw, and stay in touch with all of the great friends, artists, writers and mentors I've met along the way.   This is why I love drawing contests and  prompts, like the SCBWI's Insight illustrator prompt for Draw This!  Royal, (above).
It's so inspiring, and it always leads to discovery and new ideas.....  


August 2016  - The End of Summer...
Kid's Cartoon / Illustration Camp, Wilder Library, Weston, Vt. Summer 2016

 I love August - it's almost one of my favorite month's here in Vermont, and I have to say, it's been a beautiful Summer in this part of the world, this year.
    As I think about what to write for my August blog post today, I realize, it's almost like writing one of those essays we had to write on the first day of school as a child..."How I spent my Summer Vacation..."
   Well, actually, I didn't have a Summer Vacation - instead, as a teaching artist, Summer is the busiest time for me as library Summer reading programs and children's art camps are in full bloom.  This Summer I offered two programs - Cartoon and Illustration and Create Your Own Game Boards. (See the post from July, below for the children's game board programs.)

Create Your Own Game Board Program, Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, Vt., 2016
 But, somehow, teaching Summer programs felt like vacation, even if it was a lot of work and lesson planning - it was fun!   It was fun planning, and learning as I plan.  It was fun, because at times, I was able to combine studying and working on my own illustration projects, with my lesson planning!
  It was even more fun watching children open up as artists, discovering their own potential and diving into the art of picture story telling, creating their own characters, finding themselves and making new friends.  
  It was truly an honor to be able to teach so many young aspiring artists, illustrators and cartoonists.
Even if not all of the children follow the path of art as a career, they have just found another way to communicate their ideas in all areas of life, developing self confidence and courage.  They also have a found a safe place they can call their own - and that is in creating art, writing and reading books.

Children's Cartoon / Illustration Camp, SVAC, Manchester, Vt. Summer 2016
I've posted some samples of student art, ages 6 - 13, from a few of the library and art programs I taught around Vermont this Summer 2016   (above and below).

Children's Cartoon / Illustration Camp, Poultney Free Library, Poultney, Vt. Summer 2016
Kid's Cartoon / Illustration Camp, Wilder Library, Weston, Vt. Summer 2016

Children's Cartoon / Illustration Camp, Poultney Free Library, Poultney, Vt. Summer 2016

And I am happy to say, being around such young, fresh talent, inspired me to keep up with my own drawing and picture book dummy revisions!  Below are some possible revisions for my PB dummy, featuring Spike, a young, clumsy dragon.
Spike Breaks Free - watercolor character study, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Spike Meets Ripley, pencil study for dummy, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Happy July!

This Summer has been a very busy so far, filled up with Summer Reading Programs at libraries everywhere!   In Vermont, this year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!

   So I came up with a Create Your Own Game Boards  program, inspired by my favorite game as a child - Candy Land!  It was such a classic game and still is.  I hadn't realized how much the art from the game, influenced me as an artist, all of my life.  I was even more inspired when I read that Candy Land, the Great Lollipop Adventure, was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbot, while she was recovering from polio.  The game was created for and tested by children who were on the same ward in the hospital as Eleanor, in San Diego, California.   It was published by the Milton Bradley Company in 1949, and then Milton Bradley Company was sold to Hasbro, in 1984 - and the rest is history!  As for the art in the original game, some believe that Eleanor created the art herself, but, it is more widely believed that the original artist for the game - remains a mystery.

I've had a great time teaching this program so far, and it's so much fun to watch children take the game, and create their own theme for it!  Children are amazing, and make the best teachers sometimes.

Spike and Ripley Reading on the Seashore, watercolor, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

 And, I've managed to finish a couple of new illustrations earlier this month, and am, as always, revising new ones!  You can find the earlier WIP's of these in my earlier posts below.
Champ and the Mermaid, watercolor by Christine Mix copyright 2016

It's June!  
  Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, and Summer is just around the corner - which means lush growth everywhere!  I thought I'd share a little picture of our back yard, where we care take for a 19th century farm house.  The view is always inspirational... and the animals and birds are abundant!  And we had beautiful blossoms on our apple trees, which should mean - a good apple crop this year!
Spring in Vermont, Apple Tree's in Blossom. photo by Christine Mix copyright 2016
 Flowers are blooming everywhere and the Bee's are humming!  Below is a new little illustration I created for a new FB banner.   Inspired by the lilac bushes, bees and butterflies by our window and in the yard.   When I'm in the garden and the bees want me out, I leave - Let the Bees be, I always say.
The Magic of Bees, watercolor by Christine Mix copyright 2016
 And below is a new illustration I painted last month for SCBWI's Draw This!  Last months theme was "Borrow."   Inspired by my Great Grandfather who was a traveling magician in the late 1800's to early 1900's.  He was also a musician and a ventriloquist.   This was also a good chance to sketch out my new PB story in the making, which of course, includes a traveling magician in the old wagon days.
Borrowing the Magic Book, watercolor, by Christine Mix 2016

 Well, that's all for now.  I am fixing this blog and will be adding new posts, links, illustrations, works in progress and hopefully some interviews this Summer, so stay tuned!

 May 2016

Well, it looks like May has finally arrived in Vermont, as the Daffodils and Tulips are in bloom and fiddle heads are in season.   Last April was full of changes as we had a family emergency, and our little cat of 16 years old passed away.   Life is amazing as these things keep us going, and during the last month I found myself being able to focus on the pleasant things of life - like drawing and painting.   Focusing on creativity helps us to keep our balance and gives us strength to help others.  Below are a few of the projects I've been working on and some are works in progress.  
  Not only did I focus on new promo pieces, but, also on new story ideas.  There's more in the works, so stay tuned!
Abby - Pet Portrait / Sketch by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Spike & the Wee Sea Folk - Character study, pencil by Christine Mix copyright 2016

Spike & Ripley, Work in Progress, watercolor by Christine Mix copyright 2016


Spirit Dancer - Boy, Ink, by Christine Mix, copyright 2016 - B/W

Spirit Dancer - Boy, watercolor / Ink, by Christine Mix copyright 2016

March 2016
Spirit Dancer, by Christine Mix copyright 2016, watercolor
Well, I can't believe how fast February flew by this year, and now Spring is just around the corner!  The above image is one I drew for the SCBWI Insight, (monthly letter,) Draw This!   The Feb. prompt was Dance.   To see the full gallery click here:

   I also was happy to be tagged in a 5 day Art Challenge on Facebook, by the amazing and fun children's illustrator, Patricia Keeler, .   Along with the image above, here are four more images I drew for the challenge, below.
Champ and the Mermaid, Ink, by Christine Mix copyright 2016
Charlie's Ship in the Bottle, pencil, by Christine Mix

Mouse Encounters  Pencil, by Christine Mix, copyright 2016

The Magic Wagon Show is Coming to Town! Pencil, Christine Mix copyright 2016
 All of these images were fun and now it is time for me to take them to the next level - and a couple of stories are coming out these as well.  Stay tuned and Happy March!

Happy New Year 2016!  Changes...

A Mother's Puppy Love, pencil sketch by Christine Mix copyright 2016

This last holiday season of 2015 - 2016 was a time of changes for me - good changes, along with some sad.  It was the 2nd Christmas without my mother, but, also the 1st Christmas, where I was healthy enough to enjoy the holidays, with friends, as last year I was sick with thyroid issues.  A huge change in diet, exercise, meditation and perspective helped to reduce stress and made a big difference.

  We also lost our little old dog Buddy, who we inherited from my parents.  He passed a couple of days after New Years, but, enjoyed his last meal of moose sausage and shrimp on New Years day, and was surrounded by friends.  Buddy, my mom and their cat Honey, inspired the sketch up above, which is the beginning of more sketches and a story, started and inspired by my mother.

During the holidays,  I also took on a part-time, seasonal day job making holiday wreaths at a local farm stand.   While it meant that I would spend less time marketing and with social media, it was a wonderful experience which proved to be another creative outlet.  I also made new friends, saw some old ones and came up with another new holiday children's story and some new sketches, which I will be posting soon.   
  Now that the holidays are over and the New Year has begun, I am looking forward to re-focusing, honing in my skills and creating new stories and pictures, focusing on personal projects and library programs for children and families.
  I am so thankful for life and all of the good things that make us want to create and love.  I hope everyone has a peaceful and joyful New Year, and remember - take time out to enjoy life.  Not only will it keep you healthy - but, it will give you more stories to draw from.   

Happy Fall 2015!
Spike's Halloween with Ripley, the Ghost, Christine Mix copyright 2015,  Ink

Well, I have to say, this Fall of 2015 has really flew by.   It was an exceptionally beautiful Fall this year in Vermont, and it was a wonderfully busy time of year as well.   Between  two fun Fall children's after school programs at the Springfield Library, in Springfield, Vt., participating in a new exhibit, Fur and Feather, at the Great Hall in Springfield, Vt., (Oct. 1, 2015 - April 2016), and freelance projects, I've had little time to myself - but, that's a good thing at times.  Now that November is rolling in, it's good to get back to drawing full time - and what a great time to start those character sketches for my new Halloween PB dummy, featuring Spike the Dragon!  (See above.)   It's also a great time to catch up with #Inktober.

August, 2015 
August is a beautiful time in New England, and it always inspires one to draw flowers and veggies from the garden.  As the green beans are growing in our garden, I think of an old favorite English fairy tale I loved as a child - Jack and the Beanstalk.  Here are two new illustrations I've recently finished for my new promo cards, which go along with the earlier version of Jack & the Beanstalk, that I painted earlier this Spring, (see earlier posts below.)   I believe this is another re-telling story idea I have that I may develop into a PB or Graphic Novel someday - stay tuned and meanwhile - enjoy the rest of Summer 2015!
Jack & the Beanstalk, Outside Jack's Window, Ink / watercolor by Christine Mix copyright 2015

Jack & the Beanstalk, Jack Steals the Goose, Watercolor / Ink, by Christine Mix copyright 2015

July 2015!
Spike and the Wee Sea Folk, DS, revision by Christine Mix, copyright 2015
Now that I have two new paintings done for the Fairy Tales exhibit, (at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Brooklyn NY., thru Sept. 25, 2015, see more info. below,) I finally found time to get back to revising my picture book dummy, Spike and the Wee Sea Folk, which I am happy to say is ready and in the submission process.  This little illustration is a watercolor, double spread, which I repainted and made minor adjustments.   To see more about Spike, and the earlier version if the illustration, visit Spike's own Blog page at:  Spike and the Wee Sea Folk

 June 2015

Here's the 2 water color illustrations I just painted for the upcoming exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Brooklyn NY., June 11 - Sept. 25, 2015 
Fairy Tales exhibit, curated by Donna Miskend
Illustrations of fairy tales for a contemporary audience by 20 artists of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group (CBIG).  Youth Wing 
Princess Irene & the Old Staircase, by Christine Mix copyright 2015

Princess Irene & Her Great, Great, Grandmother's Ring, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015
I am so happy to be part of CBIG - NYC and another one of their wonderful exhibits.  For the theme, Fairy Tales, I choose one of my favorite fairy tales of all time - The Princess and the Goblin, by George D. MacDonald, 1872.  This was the one story I read over, and over again as a young girl, and still have read it over and over again as an adult - very special.  I believe this book has influenced my life, and imagination tremendously.  Highly recommended.

And more good news...The CBIG-NYC Master Storytellers exhibit of children's illustrations, curated by amazing  illustrator and visual artist, Donna Miskend, of CBIG-NYC, at the  Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.  was so popular, it's been extended to June 27, 2015!  For more information   visit: or

Jack and the Beanstalk, water color, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015

It's May 2015!
  And it's official! My little art show at the S. Londonderry Library - in S. Londonderry, Vt. has just been extended for another month - it will be running through the end of May 2015!
 And there's still time to check out the Master Storytellers exhibit of children's illustrations, curated by amazing  illustrator and visual artist, Donna Miskend, of CBIG-NYC, at the  Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.  The show runs through May 30, 2015.  For more information about Donna Miskend and the wonderful show she has curated, visit   For more info. you can also visit: or

Happy Spring Everyone! 
     It's good to be back again, after a long year of Winter and some health issues I had last Summer and Fall.  Good news - I am all back to par and began this Spring with my 1st solo art exhibit of children's illustrations in the last 5 years, at the South Londonderry Free Library, in South Londonderry Vermont.  The show runs through the end of April 2015, so if you live or are traveling through Vermont, stop by, check out our local charming library and catch a glimpse of Spring!   

And for those who live in or are visiting New York City this Spring:
  With the start of a new Spring season, I am happy to be sharing the final version of one of the illustrations I've been working on, Jack and the Beanstalk, (written by Benjamin Tabart, 1807, and Joseph Jacobs, 1890,)  for The Master Storytellers exhibit of children's illustrations, curated by amazing  illustrator and visual artist, Donna Miskend, of CBIG-NYC, at the  Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.  The show run April 1 for - May 30, 2015.  For more information about Donna Miskend and the wonderful show she has curated, visit   An art Reception with special guests, will be on April 11th, 2015.  For more info. you can also visit: or

Jack and the Beanstalk, illustrated by Christine Mix, copyright 2015, watercolor / ink

Spring is just around the corner!
Last month I had so much fun participating in #kidlitart28  February Twenty Eight Day Art Challenge!
Here are a few more sketches from last month, all are works in progress.  As we go through March, I'll be posting the finished versions here on my blog -so stay tuned 
Meanwhile - enjoy! 

Jack and the Beanstalk, Ink, Pencil, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015 - Feb 26

Jack and the Beanstalk, Pencil, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015, Feb 13

Rough Sketch of Spike the Dragon, Pencil, Christine Mix, copyright 2015, Feb 24

Rough Sketch, Spike in the Park, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015, Feb. 28

Happy February!   
   I've been working on a few sketches and revisions between shoveling approx. 18 inches of snow these last couple of days.  Here is part of a new sketch I worked on today and yesterday, featuring Spike the Dragon,  for #kidlitart28, February Twenty Eight Day Art Challenge!   Thanks to Mercury in Retrograde, my wacom pad is not working this evening, or my mouse, so I can only post 1/2 of this sketch... stay tuned for the full revised version coming soon.

Spike in the Park, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015
Happy Winter!  Feb. 6, 2015
Here's a new pencil sketch for today's #kidlitart28,  February Twenty Eight Day Art Challenge!  Jack and the Beanstalk, by Christine Mix copyright 2015.  It's a work in progress, and the finished painting will be on exhibit in the NYC area, April  - May.   Stay tuned for more info. as we go into Spring!  To see more sketches and drawings, by lot's of awesome children's illustrators, participating, in the Feb. 28 Day Art Challenge, visit: #kidlitart28 on Twitter!
Jack and the Beanstalk, by Christine Mix copyright 2015
 Feb. 5, 2015
 So happy to jump in for #kidlitart28 February Twenty Eight Day Challenge!  Here is a new rough sketch of my favorite character, Spike the Dragon.  I am currently revising Spike's first  picture book dummy.  To learn more of Spike, check out his own post in the side Bars.
Spike's Story Hour, by Christine Mix, copyright 2015

 Now that our computer is working again, here's a little tribute to today.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first Step." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

A scene from "The Princess & the Goblin," written by George MacDonald.  Illo by Christine Mix copyright 2014

Happy New Year 2015!   )

  We've got quite the snow up here in Vermont, and below  0 temps, but, we are warm in our hearts and studios.
 We've also been re-building our computer for the New Year and it's almost done.   It's good to be back on-line and to start anew.   We're just trying to fix some issues with my photo shop and hopefully I'll be posting new sketches and work soon.  Till the next time I post - May the new year bring lot's of art, books and creativity to all.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 2014 has been a year of changes and growth, all for the good.   I wish everyone a new year of peace, love, joy, beauty, laughter, good health, harmony, creativity and abundance, in 2015.   Cheers to all :)

 Happy Winter Holidays to All!  Dec. 12, 2014 

    I am so thankful that last month, I was able to get down to NYC for the CBIG -NYC Portfolio Review - It was well worth the trip.   The event was wonderful and everyone was very professional, worked so hard and had a great time.  It was nice seeing old friends and making new ones.  I had to stay an extra day, and am so glad I did, because it gave me a chance to see The Original Art show, featuring illustrations from the years best children's books, at the Society of Illustrators. Visit for more info.  The show runs through Dec. 20th, 2014, so there is still time to catch this inspiring show!

Now that I'm back and settled for the Winter, it's time to get working on the revision of that  PB dummy - featuring you got it... Spike the Dragon!
 Happy November! 
 Here is one out of 3 illustrations that I am finishing up & doing slight revisions.  The sketch (above,) and the colored piece, (below.)  This illustration is a panel for the story, Rimonah of the Flashing Sword, that I did for a mentorship with an art director, through CBIG-NYC, this last Summer.   I really learned a lot and so grateful I was able to participate, before I got sick.  Now that I am feeling much better and drawing, painting & writing again - there are more revisions to come, so stay tuned.

 Meet My Character Blog Tour!  Oct. 27 2014
Happy Monday to all!
       I am happy to present my part of the Meet My Character Blog Tour, which has been passed on to me by amazing children's illustrator and author, Ginger Nielson.  Ginger is an ole critique pal of mine from the Visual Storyteller's Studio days, and she's also in the CBIG-NYC, as well as, SCBWI.  I'd like to send Ginger a big THANK YOU for tagging me and giving me a chance to talk about my character, Spike.
To see and learn more of Ginger's books and illustrations, and her character, Lenny, visit:

Spike's Halloween Hat, ink & wash, by Christine Mix 2014
As for Spike...  I have finished Spike's first picture book dummy, titled Spike and the Wee Sea Folk.  The bottom images are the 2 colored illustrations from the dummy - which, I am considering revising before sending it out, although, it is still available for viewing & critiquing.  I have also started working on Spike's second PB dummy, titled Spike's Magical Halloween, which you can see in the b/w character study of Spike in a Halloween scene above.  More questions about Spike?   Let's continue with the Meet My Character Tour:
Spike and the Wee Sea Folk, from PB dummy, watercolor, WIP, by Christine Mix ocpyright 2009

Spike Bumps into a Star, by Christine Mix copyright 2009
 Meet Spike the Dragon:

What is the name of your character?
When and where is the story set?
The story takes place in the evening sky and on the seashore of New England. 

What should we know about Spike? 
Spike is a clumsy, but, friendly sky dragon.  He has a big heart and would do anything for his friends, including fighting Pirates.  One of Spike's magical powers, is that he can travel through dimensions and time and change size where ever he goes.  Spike loves to travel.

What messes up its life? 
Spike has trouble seeing and what he needs is a pair of eyeglasses.  Without his glasses, he bumps into everything.  He's also a little naive and get's into trouble at times - but, it's all in good fun.

What is the personal goal of your character?
To find his magic and help his friends, a small boy and the wee sea folk, or whoever is in distress. 

Where can we read and learn more about Spike?
You can learn more about Spike on Spike and the Wee Sea Folks page on the side bars.   I'll be posting more images of Spike's Magical Halloween, work in progress, so stay tuned! 

I am happy to pass along the Meet My Character Blog Tour to a wonderful children's illustrator, Alison Lyne.   I know Alison from the Visual Storytellers Studio Showcase and I've always admired her work.  Look for Alison's introduction to her character on her blog next Monday, Nov. 3rd.  Here is a little more about Alison:
 Alison Davis Lyne has illustrated 11 titles for Pelican Publishing Company in Louisiana. She is a PAL SCBWI Midsouth region member, and edits the ART TIPS column in the SCBWI Bulletin. You can see more about her at and in her blog

Oct. 16, 2014... INKTOBER
Here's another little micro pen sketch for Inktober!    For more info. and to view some awesome ink sketches, by some very talented illustrators, visit
and check out #Intober on twitter!  
Fall River Fairy, sketch, by Christine Mix copyright Oct. 2014

 Happy October and #Inktober!   (Oct. 9, 2014).
  It's good to be back to drawing, painting, writing and bloggin.  Like so many other wonderful Illustrators, I've jumped on the train and started drawing random ink sketches for Jake Parker's  Inktober  drawing challenge.   To learn more, visit .  You can see more Inktobers on Twitter - #inktober

 Happy Fall everyone! 
The Air Book Plane, by Christine Mix, copyright 2014.
 It's been awhile since I've posted on my blog... actually, since July 2014.  I've been dealing with some health issues this last Summer, and now that the docs are finally figuring out what's going on, we've been able to figure how to address it all.  Luckily, everything is still in the early stage - which means that a good holistic approach, a healthy "live diet," positive thinking, laughter, stress reduction and healing sessions that includes art and music therapy are a key to avoid radiation and chemo in the future - and a longer, happier life.   The good news is, I'm starting to feel better and stronger already, blessed with great friends, family, community - both at home and in the art and children's publishing community - life is good.  
I'm on the up swing again, so stay tuned as I update my blog, including my Illustration Friday theme,  my website, along with Pinterest and Deviant art.  There are some new illustrations to post and in the making...   Meanwhile - cheers to all!
 Here's a piece I finally finished in August 2014.   The Steam Engine Train Book, by Christine Mix, copyright 2014.   Stay tuned for more revisions to come!

I am so glad I got to get down to NYC for the CBIG Illustrator Day this month - I learned so much.  The art directors were amazing, honest, insightful and very generous with their advice for illustrators, it was well worth the trip.   I am also glad that I took time out to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art - (I haven't been since I was in college) - taking in the Pre-Raphaelites, (my favorite - Sir Edward Burns,) along with the Medieval, Renaissance and the Armor & Weapon Collections... truly inspiring.  July 22, 2014.
June 22, 2014 - Here's a new illustration in progress that I worked on at the Vermont History Expo., Tunbridge, Vt. (above). 
I'm really thankful for the invite and I had a great time presenting an Art Demonstration at the Vermont History Expo, Artists & Artisans, Vermont's Creative Heritage, in Tunbridge, Vt. last weekend, on Sunday, June 22, 2014, representing the Gallery at the Vault.  The History Expo, hosts, volunteers, artists, vendors and history fans from all over, were wonderful - and it was a beautiful day... even if I did get a little lost looking for Tunbridge, Vt... but, it was worth finding!  For more information about the Vermont History Expo, at the Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds - visit  and the Gallery at the Vault, and their Summer Art Programs for children and adults,visit:   
Here is a sneak preview of one of the watercolor illustrations I worked on during the Demo., and am still working on as a personal project. 

by Christine Mix, June 26, 2014 - work in progress... stay tuned!

The Lorax & His Friends Come Back, painted in honor of Dr. Seuss, by Christine Mix

Here's a preview of the illustration I just painted in water color, in honor of Dr. Seuss - The Lorax and His Friends Come Back, for The 20th Annual Children's Book Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America,  hosted by bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The auction, which is co-sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children's Group, is now available on Ebay

Proceeds support ABFFE's defense of the free speech rights of young readers. ABFFE is a co-founder of the Kids' Right to Read Project, which supports students, parents, teachers and librarians fighting book challenges around the country.. To learn more visit
I'm so happy to be able to participate for such a good cause!

Here's a new character sketch for the back of my new post-card!
Earlier Rough Sketches are below.

Character Sketches by Christine Mix copyright 2014
Happy Spring 2014!  Welcome! Here you will find some of my newest illustrations and works in progress, before I post them on my website.  My mother, who has always been a great inspiration to me, passed recently from cancer this last Summer, 2013.  While she was sick I slowed down the wheels and took some time off to care for her and family business.  Right after her funeral I got very ill and it took a couple of months to recover, and then... Winter 2014 hit.  I'm starting to get back in the saddle again, however, Spring is here and I have focused on honing in my skills as an illustrator, writer and hopefully - blogger.
One of the things I promised myself is to post on my blog more, not only about my works in progress, but, also about cool things going on in the Kidlit world - especially books and news -so stay tuned.  
To start, here are some current character sketches (above), that I am working on.  The top sketches are the 1st drafts - which I used my own photos for reference.  The bottom sketches are the 2nd tracings - which I will clean up and add details, etc... there are more characters to stay tuned! 

Little City Folk by Christine Mix copyright 2014, new work hot off the drawing board!

I have a few new projects in the works and the wheels are spinning - just like time - ever changing.  Here is one of my latest illustrations for 2014, Little City Folk, painted in water color.  This was for Kidlitart's Postcard Boost, 2014.  To see it's progress, visit my Works In Progress page on this blog, (see link on side bar).  
Most of my colored illustrations throughout this blog are painted in water color and some are mixed with a little photo shop magic. Most of my black and white illustrations are created in pencil and photo shop and I'll be working with ink more.
I am constantly updating this blog, so check the side bars to find blog portfolio pages for Colored Illustrations, Bio, Books, Black and White Illustrations, Works in Progress, the latest weekly postings for Illustration Friday and more!

I made a complete overhaul to my main website in 2013, but, it's still a work in progress.  My new web portfolio address is now  .
Stay tuned as I'll be adding some new pages for community art and other fun things on this blog through 2014.   
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We've moved as of last Nov., 2012, so my contact info. has changed - which is listed at the top sidebar.

Here is a picture of our new cat, which we adopted last Winter... I decided to make her head of the complaint department.

Here's a color spot illustration,  published in
Back- to- School- Issue, 2012
Christine Mix copyright 2012

 To learn more about  my PB dummy, Spike and the Wee Sea Folk  click on Spike's  link on the side bar.