Jonathan finished up this week’s mural project Tuesday night (or should I say Wednesday morning?) for The Regis Company in Golden, CO. He worked at night (by his request) so he could cruise along and not disturb the company’s employees. (I have mentioned it before, but Jonathan started out as an artist back in the day painting murals in homes).
This client (awesome, awesome people willing to take a chance on an animation-ish, whiteboard style mural) found Jonathan’s whiteboard animation/video scribe work online and contacted him to see if they could work together.
The mural is 16′Wx8′H and is painted on MDO signboard. I have to brag on my man: he engineered this cool way to hang the panels on two strips running horizontally. The panels are fitted with 45-degree-angle pieces of whitewood that interlock for easy removal. Why not just screw the panels into the wall, right? Well, this way, the company, which is growing like gangbusters, can lift off the panels in a jiffy and take them to their new corporate space one day when it’s needed.
You might notice the empty cartoon bubbles on the mural. Those are for removable vinyl art that can be applied for various client visits or other uses. Using these removable pieces of vinyl allows the mural to be updated with projects, awards or anything relevant that happens later.
Thanks for stopping by our blog! Check out our Etsy shop for some original art from $49 or canvas Giclee prints from $99, all by Jonathan, of course. And don’t forget, Woodward and McTwee debuts March 20, 2014 for the young reader in your life.
Yeah! We’re tap dancing here. Jonathan has sold A Pig, A Fox, and A Box to Penguin USA. We heart this, most completely.
It will be a part of the Young Readers series and is set for Summer 2015. We love our people at Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap/PSS. And Jonathan is so very happy to work with his editor, Ms. Bonnie Bader.
Just a reminder: Woodward and McTwee comes out next month–March 20, 2014–also from Penguin USA. Thanks for the love you’ve given Jonathan’s other two books. We think you’ll like Woodward and McTwee, too.
Also, in other news: Jonathan has finished two new picture book dummies and is shopping those around. I have also completed the writing for the first book in The Magical Raintree Daughters three-book series for middle grade readers. I am editing and hope to have it all polished up soon. Then, I have to sell it. THAT’S NOT HARD, IS IT? Hahaha, I’m laughing over here, just all by myself.
#MSWL #MGLIt #MGlitchat
Hi all. Jonathan looooves to sketch and draw. This week, in between children’s book stuff and painting commissions, he sat down and sketched some of his favorite vintage Fisher-Price toys and other playthings. I asked if we could put them on our Etsy store, and he was cool with that. So….drumroll…here are four new drawings that are perfect for the beginning art collector (priced at $49-$59, unframed).
You can find these one-of-a-kind drawings at our new Fat and Appy Etsy store. We’re planning on using the Etsy shop as a place to experiment with new products, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, leave them in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, as always. We love ya’ll.
Jonathan just shipped out another commission to a favorite client (oops, can I say that?). She has commissioned two other paintings, “The Things We Leave Behind” and “Working Well Together.”
The latest painting is definitely one of my favorites. “Life Is Built of Memories” suggests the client’s beloved Minnesota summer cabin with Lincoln Logs, vintage Playskool figures and a Fisher-Price kayak.
Thanks for stopping by! If you would like more information on painting commissions, please contact Jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com. We also sell beautiful Giclee prints on canvas of Jonathan’s work at fatandappy.com. Prices start at $99.
We’re still working away on our special projects, so again, please excuse the stillness here. I am *THISCLOSE* to finishing my middle grade novel, so close ICANTASTEIT. My heroine is making her journey home–for now, insert sinister laugh–and I’m tying up all of, well, everything. And this makes me nervous but also grateful. I am so very happy with this book. It has been a delight to write. And I can’t say that about every book I have written (this is my 4.5th; two were published; one wasn’t; and one was halfway completed before I realized it wasn’t a book I could write.)
And now, since you dropped by: here’s a cat illustration Jonathan did today for a local client. It’s a Kat Karnival!
It’s time to move art! (You know we love doing this…) Jonathan and I are making room for some new pieces on our walls, and we have a few drawings we’re going to sell.
As a side note: it’s sometimes hard to part with favorite art. But as we tell the girls all of the time (when they want to hoard things like paper wrappers from straws): “We can’t save everything.”
If you are interested, please shoot me a note (jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com). Shipping is additional to the prices below.
The Little Woman, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010. $99.
SOLD Showdown, graphite on illustration board. Image is 14″x11″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
Plastic Pose, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
Bear Capture, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
The drawings will need a frame with glass. (We like frames at Dick Blick.) If you would like Jonathan to paint something just for you, please contact me as well for commission information. And we feature a fun line of Giclee prints of Jonathan’s work (on well-made, gallery-quality canvas) at www.fatandappy.com. Prices for prints start at $99.
We also just uncrated four paintings from storage. Fun to see these beauties from a few years ago.
- Ride Free, 30″x24″, acrylic on board, 2008.
- Spring Chicken, acrylic on board, 18″x24, 2008.
- Buck-A-Duck, 24×18, acrylic on board, 2008.
- Building An Empire, 16×20, acrylic on board, 2008.
Thanks for your blogging patience as Jonathan and I continue to crank out some special projects. I have discovered that I can’t blog and work on my middle grade novel, The Magical Raintree Daughters. I can do one or the other, but not both. Jonathan has finished his latest picture book and I’ll give you a hint: it concerns the lowly chin. That’s right, folks, we’re all about the chin up in here.
And what’s this with unicorns, you say? Well, I have noticed that when The Magical Raintree Daughters starts to bog down, I think of my eldest girl and I know she would be chomping at the bit to see more action. So, I think to myself, “Throw in a unicorn!” And then the story gets moving again. I haven’t actually added a unicorn, yet, of course. But I have been writing in the equivalent.
I should be done with the novel in about 5-7,000 words. It’s challenging to pull it all together, but I am excited to end this particular story. Then, I’ll take a break and start on Book Two, which will be about the oldest magical Raintree daughter, Penhally.
Until then, here’s a picture of our middle girl, reading away. We love books around here, we sure do.