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.

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