Happy Birthday to The Little “Read” Hen

telling story

Dianne de Las Casas and I launched our new book, The Little “Read” Hen (Pelican Publishing) over the last couple of weekends. We presented the story with interactive storytelling that had all the kids singing and clapping.

CG Book cover   CG's Book2

The Little “Read” Hen is a modern update of the classic story highlighting reading and writing.

After the performance, we taught the kids how to make a 6-page book out of a single sheet of paper. One little girl created a masterpiece. Here is CG’s book. Watch for her to be a future author and illustrator!

Afterward, we gave away prizes; passed out goodies to all the kids; and even served up some “flappuccinos”, just like in our book!


Then we autographed the books. It was great fun! Happy Birthday Little “Read” Hen!

Clementine Hunter


The Kindergarten Students from Dufrocq Elementary School learned about a Louisiana artist named Clementine Hunter. The Kindergartners went on a field trip to the LSU Museum of Art where they viewed Mrs. Hunters original paintings.


We discussed how important community was to Mrs. Hunter as we viewed her paintings. Clementine Hunter painted things that surrounded her in everyday life: baptisms, weddings, working in the fields at Melrose Plantation, and paintings of her family and friends. These were all the things dear to her heart.


Hunter Collage

After discussing Mrs. Hunter’s paintings, Lucy Perera and I helped the children create a “community” mural of the things they saw in the paintings. Students from all four classes (~100 students total) contributed to the “community” mural. It was a magical experience for all.

Thank you to all involved! – Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, LSU Art Museum, Dufrocq Elementary School.

Fiber Arts Workshop with Sharon Costello

I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Sharon Costello. This was the first time that I have worked with wet felting and now have a better appreciation of how much work goes into creating a felted piece. In the workshop, our first project was to create a flat sample piece. Sharon demonstrated how to create flaps, folds and how to achieve different color combinations. I enjoyed this learning process and was surprised with the outcome.

cropped sample

I am not finished with this sample. I am learning some embroidery stitches and plan on adding embellishments and cutting into the sample. I will post the finished piece when it’s completed.

Next Sharon taught us the process of creating a vessel. Wow! It was fun! I enjoyed experimenting with the colors and the different techniques. I was not worried about the outcome as much as playing with the materials.


Here is the vessel I created. I added dimension by cutting wool fabric flowers and needle felted centers to hold the large flowers in place. I then proceeded to create bees, ladybugs, and dragonflies in between the flowers. All a big experiment.

Cropped Vessels

I wanted to share with you the vessels from class. They are all unique and different. I believe that most of the class will go home and embellish their vessels further- I know that is my plan. And look forward to exploring more possibilities.

On a side note, it is interesting how my style shows through even in this medium. As a class, we were all given the same instruction and materials to make our vessels; and yet my vessel still carries the characteristics of my cut paper illustrations.