I am so excited to announce the release my first children's book! The Bright Star is a lovely children's book written by my friend and fellow teacher, Brian Mostoller. He and I have collaborated, with Brian doing the writing and myself doing fourteen full sized watercolor illustrations for the book.
The story is about the how the Christmas star came to shine on the three wise men travelling to Bethlehem to see the new baby. In this this story, The Bright Star must use all of her energy to shine down in celebration of this momentous birth. The other stars are at first jealous of her seemingly boastful behavior, but eventually realize how noble and beautiful her cause is. This will make a terrific book to read during the holidays and help to teach young people about the story of the birth of Christ. This is truly a beautiful and uplifting story that is a fun read no matter what age you are or what religion you practice. Just check it out and see.
It has taken us about a year to realize this project and we are now so excited to have it released in time for the holidays. It can be found on Amazon right now and will soon be sold locally in Phoenix at the Changing Hands Book Store. Also, look for us at the Uptown Farmer's Market on Central, where we will soon be visiting artists. I will update this blog with the dates and times of our readings and book signings.
In the meantime, please grab the book off of Amazon and don't be afraid to write us a great review there as well.
Well, I did it. After a long hiatus from the studio, I managed to step back in and put some paint onto the paper. Why so long you may wonder. Well, me too. Like getting caught in a riptide, life seems to just pull me out to sea, rather than allowing me to find me feet on solid ground. Oh, don't get me wrong, my life is going great. I have a sixteen year old son who is driving, a lovely wife, and a great career teaching art. It is just that those things seem to carry me away from the studio. Being without a gallery or any true community to support my artwork, also seems to factor in. And yet, here I am. I made it back and am painting again. Hopefully, I will find my way in a little more often in the coming months.
Original Abstract Watercolor Sketch on handmade paper. 15" Long X 10" wide. 9/8/2019 by Bruce Black
Recently, I have been trying to work a little more in my sketchbook. I have been really busy with my students as well as with illustrating a children's book, so finding some time to make my abstract paintings has been limited. However, I have been getting at it here and there, and this is what I have come up with. They are sort of abstract poems and are usually based on specific places and landscapes.
For this book, I am working on handmade cotton watercolor paper in a leatherbound book. I have been using watercolor exclusively and work in a very free flowing and intuitive manner. Some come out better than others, but each represents a moment in time. I find working on my sketchbook journal is a great way to just explore my own creativity and unwind a bit.
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!