Thursday, April 30, 2015

ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children's Books

Here is the book cover illustration and design I created which will be included at the
ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children's Books at
the Grand Hyatt New York, Manhattan Ballroom
on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 

(Tickets required and may be purchased through the ABFE website) You can buy tickets here:

If you're going to Book Expo this year, please join The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) on May 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel to celebrate children's book art with Judy Blume and leading artists! More than 100 pieces of original art by luminaries such as Rosemary Wells, Jon Agee, LeUyen Pham and Chris Raschka will be auctioned to support the free speech rights of kids. This year ABFE is honoring Judy Blume for her anti-censorship work and is asking artists to create a piece inspired by one of her books

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I am leaving this week for Asia

I am traveling again: 
This time to Hongkong, Bali and Australia
below, my travel checklist:

illustrated by Maria Madonna Davidoff

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Madonna Davidoff at the New Museum NYC

As a member of the CBIG Childrens' Book Illustrators Group, based in NYC, I will be one of the artists to paint the gallery walls (today, Feb. 16, 2014) in a Collective Participatory Artwork at the New Museum in New York City. This is part of the New Museums's first US Exhibition for Pawel Althamer which features the Artist's Iconic Portraits and Sculpture Workshop.

Cover Image: 
PaweĊ‚ Althamer, Draftsmen’s Congress, 2010. Exhibition view: 7th Berlin Biennial, 2010.
Courtesy the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

The exhibition will include a new presentation of the artist’s work, Draftsmen’s Congress, originally presented at the 7th Berlin Biennial.  During the course of the exhibition, the blank white space of the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery will be transformed through the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings by invited Art organizations, including the CBIG.

About the New Museum
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. 
Found­ed in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living art­ists from around the world.  the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Madonna Davidoff Illustrations

Below are three of the latest samples of my illustrations :

Colored illustrations

 SPOT illustrations

Black and white illustrations

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book I Illustrated at the New Jersey ( Mercer County) Public Library System

There's nothing like seeing one of the  books I illustrated featured 
on the shelves of the Children's book area at one of
the branches of the New Jersey Public Library ( Mercer County)

 Today, I had my picture taken behind the book entitled " Momsie's Book"
written by my hubby Bart Davidoff, published by Bali Bliss Press. 

Momsies’ book includes a memoir entitled "Natie and Me"
 originally written and illustrated by Muriel Shutan-Davidoff in which
she describes her childhood adventures growing up in New Haven
in the late 1920's with her
  younger brother Nate. 

Below is the Mercer County Library online Catalog including " Momsie's Book"

" Momsie's Book  is also available at Amazons and

and it is also availabe at the Book Garden bookstore in Frenchtown NJ,
28 Bridge Street Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Here's a picture of myself with " Momsie's Book" at the Book Garden

Monday, May 6, 2013

Madonna Davidoff at Book Expo America 2013

One of my original illustrations will be auctioned off at the 
on  May 29, 2013 from 5:30 -9:30 PM
during the Book Expo America at the Javits Center in New York City 

The proceeds of this auction will support
freedom of speech for everyone in the children’s books industry.

The Book Expo America runs from May 29 - June 1,2013

My illustration and design for the Picture book entitled: 

At Home Around the World
Written and illustrated by Madonna Davidoff

© 2012 Madonna Davidoff

publication date: Sept.2013     published by BaliBliss Press

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Momsie's Book at Book Garden in Frenchtown,New Jersey

We are happy to Announce that " Momsie's Book" 
is now available 
for purchase at the Book Garden  
in historical Frenchtown NJ.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Balinese Children's Book: Next project

This is a picture book I wrote and illustrated based on a mythological
little Balinese fairy living in Bali and a girl, named Wardani who found her.

I started this book while living in the Island of Bali, Indonesia.

Whenever I am in Bali, I try to stay in the same town called Ubud
This is the view from the porch in front of my bungalow:

I got the inspiration from one of the sketches of a particular Balinese lantern in
front of my porch which looks like this:

I imagined the little fairy living in this lantern that looks like a small Balinese temple.
The setting for my story started with this image:

Below is the porch where I sometimes wake up just before dawn ( yes--that early!)
 and I start to sketch the Balinese lantern below in the dark :

I love to wake up very early and sketch or write in my journal until
I hear the cock crows.
In Bali, you will always hear them crow when the sun rises.
They are actually music to my ears.

Here you can see one of my sketches while drinking coffee. 

Another illustration of my fairy character living in the lantern house:
More on my Little Girl in Bali story next time--to be continued....

Friday, March 15, 2013

Momsie's Book illustrated by Madonna Davidoff


Event: Children's Book Event & Launching of Momsie's Book 

by the writer/illustrator team of Bart and Madonna Davidoff 

When: April 14, 2013 ( Sunday) from 2:30 -3:30 pm

Where: Mercer County Library System's -Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road Ewing, NJ 08628.                                    

In Honor of the National Library week beginning on April 14th and running through the 20th,  the writer/illustrator team of Bart and Madonna Davidoff will be presenting their children's picture book entitled Momsies’ Book on Sunday, April 14th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mercer County Library System's - Ewing branch. 

Momsies’ book includes a memoir entitled "Natie and Me" written and illustrated by Muriel Shutan-Davidoff in which she describes her childhood adventures growing up in New Haven in the late 1920's with her  younger brother Nate. 

Muriel has been living with Alzheimer's disease for the past 5 years and since she is unable to publish her work, Bart and Madonna decided to make it a part of Muriel's legacy.

During the book launching, Madonna will demonstrate how she created the illustrations and Bart will read passages from the book.  The Davidoff’s will donate a copy of the book to the Ewing library's collection and another copy will be awarded as a door prize.

Advance purchasing of Momsie’s Book may be ordered  online here at

Also available soon at Amazon & Barnes & Noble.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mural Painting for Yoga Studio

I have been commissioned to paint a mural for my favorite Yoga Studio called  
Firefly Yoga & Wellness in Lawrenceville, NJ.
The mural is located in the entrance of the Studio.

I am really happy about this project because am I creating
 something that is close to my heart which is Yoga and Meditation. 
Also, Firefly Yoga & Wellness is a great place not only to learn Yoga but also
a place for meditation, tai chi, tea ceremony workshops, massage therapy,
crystal and sound healing classes.

Below is the color study for the mural:

I already finished the drawing on the wall which is colored light lavender.

Today, I will start to paint and put textures on the trunk 
and the leaves by using patterned paper ( collage style) and 
overlaying it with paint again.

This is so different from what I normally do (small size children's illustrations)
and I find mural painting challenging and exciting.

I look forward to finishing this soon.
I wish you all a happy day today.


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