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My New Poetry Project

My New Poetry Project

Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets. I love his collections for children, Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. I love his quirky illustrations.

One of the most dangerous things a writer can do is read someone else’s work and think, I could do that.

And yet, that’s just what I want to do—write a collection of poems for children and illustrate it with line drawings.

Map lying on wooden table

I’ve brainstormed some ideas and I’m adding to my list of topics every week. I have a few poems ready to go. I think 100 poems should be just about right. I could put that together in the next couple of years, even if I only write one a week.

The illustrations will be trickier. I am not an illustrator. My strategy will be to copy some of my favorite illustrator’s works, Silverstein’s included, until I gain some confidence and skill; then, create my own characters and doodle some illustrations to complement the poems. Next month is Inktober, and I think I might use the challenge to work on my illustrations.pony-2595144_640

Here are some of the poems I’ve written so far:

If I Had a Pony

I could ride him and feed him carrots
I could brush him
I could name him Geronimo
he could take me on adventures to lands far away
he could run like the wind and I would feel like I was flying
he could save me from danger
I could lead him to water
we could ride all day and sleep under the stars
I could be the hero on a pony like that


Serves Him Right

sci-fi-3144558_640I hope the kid who ripped up
my Student of the Week certificate
gets captured by bloodthirsty aliens
from the planet Beelzebub
who beam him up to their spaceship
and tie him up and look at him
through a giant microscope
and paralyze him with their ray guns
and poke him with needles
and then almost give him a certificate for Best Earth Specimen
but then take it back and rip it up
and eject him from the spaceship
too late for dinner and dessert
and nobody believes him
it would serve him right


I Want to be a Ballerina when I Grow Up

When I grow up I want to twirl;
I think I’ll give ballet a whirl.
To dance on tiptoes is my goal—
It makes me happy in my soul.

To wear ballet shoes on my feet,
To wear a tutu on my seat,
To wear my hair up in a bun
And pirouette until I’m spun.

Not a teacher or a nurse,
Not a president—or worse,
Not a scooper of ice cream—
A ballerina is my dream.

Creative Juice #102

Creative Juice #102

Twelve nudges to become a more creative you:

Guest Post: Happy Father’s Day by Kathy Temean

Guest Post: Happy Father’s Day by Kathy Temean

A big ARHtistic License thank you to Kathy Temean for this wonderful collection of illustrations of dads and kids, which appeared last Father’s Day on her website, Writing and Illustrating.


Hope you enjoy the illustrations and your day.

Christugeau Dad12

ANA OCHOA – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/illustrator-saturday-ana-ochoa/  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Melissa Iwai – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/illustrator-saturday-mellisa-iwai/  http://www.melissaiwai.com/Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


RAFAEL LOPEZ – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/illustrator-saturday-rafael-lopez/


HOLLY HATAM – www.hollyhatam.com Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad13

PATRICE BARTON – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/illustrator-saturday-patrice-barton/ www.patricebarton.com  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad4

NINA MATA – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/illustrator-saturday-nina-mata/ www.beautifique.org Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad5

CONSTANZE VON KITZING – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/illustrator-saturday-constanze-von-kitzing/ www.constanzevonkitzing.de  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad14

ANN IOSA – Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad8

IRENE CHAN – www.eneri.net  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad3

LESLEY BREEN-WITHROW – lesleybreenwithrow.com Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/



Francesca D’Ottavi – www.francescadottavi.com Represented by Chris Wilkinson: http://www.wilkinsonstudios.com


Christugeau Dad7

PRISCILLA BURRIS – www.priscillaburris.com Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/

Christugeau Dad11

SHEARRY MALONE – www.shearrymaloneillustration.com  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/


Christugeau Dad10

KELLY KENNEDY – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/illustrator-saturday-kelly-kennedy/  www.kellykennedy.com  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/



Susan Batori –  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/susan-batori/  http://www.batori.hu  Represented by Good Illustration:  http://www.goodillustration.com


dad walking to school no text

Roger Roth –https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/illustrator-saturday-roger-roth/  www,rogerroth.com  Represented by Fiona Kenshole Transatlantic Agency: http://transatlanticagency.com/

MARIA MOLA – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/illustrator-saturday-maria-mola/ Represented by T2 Children’s Illustrators – http://tugeau2.com/

happy father's day2015-Kathy

ANA OCHOA – https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/illustrator-saturday-ana-ochoa/  Represented by CATugeau: http://www.catugeau.com/

Enjoy your day, Dads!

Talk tomorrow,


Creative Juice #90

Creative Juice #90

Imaginative creations by artistic people:

Creative Juice #82

Creative Juice #82

Good stuff to read this weekend. Inspire yourself!

Creative Juice #72

Creative Juice #72

Fourteen servings of beauty and creativity:

  1. Animated photos.
  2. These houses are for the birds.
  3. Beautiful quilts by Diana McClun.
  4. Two-dimensional reclaimed wood portraits.
  5. An interesting glimpse at Da Vinci’s genius, and two more books I want to read.
  6. A sculptor talks about the Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  7. Oliver Sacks said imitation and mastery of form precede creativity.
  8. Embroidery beyond the hoop.
  9. Nonfiction reading list.
  10. Illustrators celebrate Christmas.
  11. This Christmasy blog post is just so pretty I had to share it.
  12. A quick trip around the world in photographs.
  13. Some lovely menorahs.
  14. An artist’s (slightly twisted) process for writing a Christmas book.

Creative Juice #60

Creative Juice #60

Some beautiful, some quirky, all creative:

  1. Paintings with the look of vintage photographs.
  2. Vintage photographs taken by a teenaged Stanley Kubrick.
  3. These beautiful creations remind me of when I took up embroidery as a young wife. I miss those days.
  4. I always wondered how Chicago came up with the title 25 or 6 to 4.
  5. Paintings of Max Pechstein.
  6. I’ve read 12 of these, and I’d like to read more of the books on this book club reading list.
  7. Twenty-five free and easy quilt patterns.
  8. I want to win this contest. Only funny people need apply. Am I funny enough?
  9. Beautiful Christmas quilt—and links to many more original designs.
  10. The illustrations of Mike Ciccotello.
  11. That awkward moment at the museum when you see your portrait—and it was painted before you were born…
  12. Surreal images of synchronized swimmers.