Lee Harper is an award winning author/illustrator of many well-known picture books. Lee's most recent creation is Turkey Trick or Treat, his third collaboration with author Wendi Silvano. Lee loves all the creatures of the animal kingdom except stinkbugs. And monkeys. He doesn't HATE monkeys --he loves drawing them -- it's just that he doesn't really trust them. To learn more interesting facts about Lee Harper, please visit LeeHarperart.com.
My ceramic watercolor palette has thirty-two paint wells. Although it’s fun to explore the attributes of the thousands of paint colors available to artists, I’ve found that by limiting myself to thirty-two choices, I’m free to paint spontaneously without searching through a box of paint, squinting to read the tiny printed pigment info every time I need another color. Consequently, I now find myself on a never-ending quest to find the thirty-two essential paints that I can’t live without.
Sometimes pieces of life’s puzzle fall together perfectly. My recent trip to Denmark was one of those occasions.
A few years ago I published a picture book entitled The Emperor’s Cool Clothes — a humorous retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. After its release I began dreaming about doing a school visit in Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen’s home country. As fortune would have it, this past October I was invited to the Copenhagen International School for a two d
As a picture book author/illustrator, school visits are part of the job. Usually I’ll visit two or three schools a month, but suddenly I’m looking at a three month stretch in which I have over twenty school visits on my calendar. Also, I have a couple of conferences and bookstore signings. I’m calling this busy stretch the ‘Turkey Tour of 2013’. I kicked it off yesterday with a visit to Woodbury Heights Elementary in the southern part of New Jersey. I had an incredible visit. I almost forgot ho