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Mine and those of other creative folks on Design*Sponge today.

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Happy New Year, Friends!

Wishing you lots of luck and happiness in 2013.

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A Plea

Perhaps you heard that Adam Lanza may have been autistic or you read the piece making the rounds by the mother of a violent, speculatively autistic, mentally ill son and your brain is beginning to connect autism with lack of empathy and violence. If so, I would beg you to read this short, insightful, piece by Emily Willingham. There is no tendency towards violent crime in autistic people. Sadly, they are more likely to be the victims of violent crimes. But not to commit them. The question of empathy as it relates to autism is a complicated one that I’m bad at explaining (and bad at understanding). Emily can explain it to you better than I, but the important thing to know is that it does not mean that people on the spectrum don’t empathize with others. Autistic people aren’t any more prone to violence than the rest of us, though they may be more prone to unhappiness because their world is full of extra challenges. It breaks my heart to think that this community that I love, which has been working so hard to be less misunderstood, might be seen in an ugly light because of one person’s heinous actions and the irresponsible media soundbites that wormed their way into our heads in the aftermath.  As the mom of an autistic kid, I take this really seriously.  So please read up and if you want to read more or have unanswered questions, I recommend consulting the folks of A Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism.  TPGA is a community of advocates, writer and scientists, both autistic and neurotypical, who can help steer you in the right direction.
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Mush, Mush, The Sloping Midnight Line

I’m very happy to say that I’m currently exhibiting new paintings at Nationale in Portland.  I’m also happy to say that I’m sharing the space with Midori Hirose, whose work I love.  The name of our show is Mush, Mush, The Sloping Midnight Line. The work in it has something to do with the way that Kristin Lavransdatter (an epic novel set in medieval Norway that I was reading for like a year), being pregnant and the inevitable introspection that goes along with that (I’m pregnant, by the way), and being a night owl combined in my insomnia-addled brain.

If you’d like to read a more eloquent description written by someone else and find out pertinent info about the show, you can do so here.  We’re having an opening tomorrow from 6:00 – 8:00 and would love to see you if you’re in the neighborhood (811 E Burnside).  If you’re not, but you’d like to see the show online, you can email May at Nationale for a preview or look at it here on The Morning News.  Thanks!

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Hey Booksellers!

Under Wildwood comes out on September 25th!  In celebration, we’re pleased to announce another Wildwood-themed contest.  This one is a decorating contest, for bookstores only.  The skinny, from Colin:

We’re challenging booksellers of all stripe to engage their creative faculties and decorate their bookstores in a decidedly WILDWOOD way. The best and most imaginative redesign, judged by myself and Ms. Ellis, will be awarded an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART drawn by the illustratrix, Carson Ellis, that will incorporate the name of your bookstore in a pretty banner. But that’s not all: runners up will receive nifty exclusive stuff, which is awfully cool.

Okay?  You can find out more about the contest here, on the Wildwood Blog.  May the best decorating fool/bookseller win!

Sincerely,
the illustratrix, Carson Ellis

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The Best Thing Ever

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Teen Drawing Workshop at PAM

It’s that time again.  I’m now accepting applications for the *FREE* drawing workshop that I teach for teens at the Portland Art Museum.  If you or someone you know is a self-motivated Portland area artist between the ages of 13 and 18, check it out.  It’s fun:  we draw, paint, critique, discuss, host visiting artists and end the workshop with a proper  group show at PAM.  This year the workshop will happen after school on Thursdays in the fall.  Students are required to apply as class size is very limited.  You can find the application and more info HERE.

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Oh My God Oh My God

I’m done illustrating Under Wildwood!  I’ve been working on it around the clock for months and now I’m done and it’s summer and I’m going outside.  Here’s the final illustration (it’s not the final illustration in the book, but it’s the last one I worked on.)

Corporal Donalbain in The Great Hall

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I like

this photo that Christine Taylor took of me for Revel In Portland.

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Wildwood Art for Auction

Battle at the Plinth

Are you a fan of Wildwood?  A supporter of 826 and their writing programs for kids and teens?  Both?!  Well, feel free to bid on the above illustration as part of this charity event for 826 LA.  (Even though, if I were you, I’d bid on this.)

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