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MARCH INTO READING with Imagination

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.”

Albert Einstein

Hello friends! Spring is upon us and and I am happy to say that I will be out and about visiting Rhode Island schools in 2020 to read THE CHARLIE’S HEAD book series.

It is the story about the TRUE power your imagination holds. A story that everyone needs to hear because once  the imagination is harnessed, you will be able to create the world you want to live in. 

I will hold a Q & A and then close the visit with a book-signing.

CHARLIE’S HEAD… a series summarized

In the first book of the CHARLIES’ HEAD series we meet a boy named Charlie who learns through many mishaps that he has a powerful magic inside of his head. He is fearful of this at first but soon learns he can control it. He befriends his imagination which leads him to find the magic of creation.

We see him next in CHARLIE GOES TO SEA, where he teaches his best friend Ellie about the fun of creating whatever you want. Together they create a colorful and brave new world. In doing this, Ellie conquers her fear of crabs. They both realize now that two imaginations are more powerful that just one and they have the power to change things.

Not too long after we meet up with him again in CHARLIE GETS SPOOKED. He is with his Mom and two sisters when their Mom disappears. They are now lost in a costume parade when an evil Witch abducts the three of them. She attempts to steal their imaginative powers and bottle them up so she can sell the power potion to her evil friends! Charlie and his sisters combine their will to win. They team up and defeat her. After this frightening ordeal, they realize how much power the imagination actually holds and that it belongs only to them. Charlie and his sisters vow to always protect their new found power.

In the upcoming picture-book CHARLIE AND THE MISSING ELEMENT you will meet up with Charlie, Ellie, and his two sisters once again. The four of them work together and find their powers are super strong. They search for the missing element to animate the potion inside the bottle. The beautiful revelation they discover leads to the realization that together they can unlock super powers to create the world they have always wanted to live in.

THE CHARLIE’S HEAD SERIES teaches that all human beings have a special magic within themselves. You only need to find the missing element to activate it. Even the famous ALBERT EINSTEIN knew this.

In closing, I really look forward to meeting and speaking with my young readers. I am very excited to teach you about the world of imagination.

As always, thank you for your interest in following my work.

Stay Creative!

Erin

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

Albert Einstein
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Latest Project…

Alice In Wonderland project illustration ... Page 85 www.150alice.com
Alice In Wonderland project illustration … Page 85 http://www.150alice.com

I had an amazing time creating this piece for the Alice in Wonderland project. It is for a coffee table book that will be printed in Norway.

The project is described by the creators as this…

 

150Alice is a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We have brought together 150 brilliant illustrators from around the world that have each created a single page for this 300-page book.

The project promotes the illustrators’ art in a unique way and gives them an opportunity to create a masterpiece together. It provides them a platform to give back to the community by expressing themselves and sharing their talent with the world.

Lewis Carroll created Wonderland, and the story surrounding it, out of his love of entertaining children. His story gained great success and 150 years later is still enjoyed by children all over the world.

We are here to drive forward Lewis Carroll’s idea of encouraging art and creativity among children. At 150Alice, all profits from this book will be donated to educating children in China and Mongolia about art and creativity. With your generous support, we can help a generation of children develop a more vivid imagination.

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I would like to thank both Sig and Thomas for letting me work on such an important project.

Please visit and support this project at http://www.150alice.com

Thanks so much!

Erin

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Clown Cluster Coming Along…

Clown Cluster
The Clown Cluster

I have been working on this clown cluster for about 3 days and only that long because painting is going slow. Sometimes it does that. I finally got into it by the time I made it over to the purple clown. Each one still has lots of detail work to be done but I wanted to show you the progress so far. This one measures 20 inches x 24 inches!!! Enjoy!

Erin T Whalen

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ALL Paintings at The Story Emporium are for sale… With 2 new additions….

Hello my fellow clown lovers! I spent a good part of last night putting together 2 new paintings to display at  The Story Emporium this Saturday. I have also decided to go ahead and put some price tags on the art work that wasn’t previously for sale so if you had been eyeing any of those pieces Saturday is the time to come grab them. I will post all of them here although the pricetags I put on them elude me right now… I’m typing from my comfy bed. 🙂

Starting with my newest clown from last night I will show you him raw (sketch) and then collage … to be painted today. I did work late last night but had to take a break and enjoy a cocktail. So as promised… he will be painted today.

This is my "Closed" clown. He cannot speak because his mouth has been shut with that contraption on it... you can't read his eyes to know what he is thinking simply because he has a wall up so high you don't know what is going on his head. Are his tears from frustration? Fear? Pain? Anger? Who knows... he'll never tell. He'll never open up to anyone and because of this he will never feel love.... because he refused to let anyone in or out... so he is what we call "The Player"
This is my “Closed” clown. He cannot speak because his mouth has been shut with that contraption on it… you can’t read his eyes to know what he is thinking simply because he has a wall up so high you don’t know what is going on his head. Are his tears from frustration? Fear? Pain? Anger? Who knows… he’ll never tell. He’ll never open up to anyone and because of this he will never feel love…. because he refuses to let anyone in or out… he is what we call “The Player”

Drying now and prepped for painting.
Drying now and prepped for painting. The word closed appears over his head because he is just that … a closed book. Unreadable. He plays his hand of cards well although this doesn’t serve his own best interests it keeps him protected from ever feeling real love. So he is destined to walk through his life alone.

I did this one last night and is still in the laying out stage…

Clowns.... I don't have a name for this one yet but the idea is forming. I played with layouts last night. I will definitely incorporate the film roll you see in the two corners and some empty polaroid pictures on the floor above the painting. The three clowns I'm using represent drinking, withdrawal, and the emotionally unavailable. The film strip represents the history that lead these clowns to be who they are today. This will also be finished and available this Saturday for open studio from 11- 2
Clowns…. I don’t have a name for this one yet but the idea is forming. I played with layouts last night. I will definitely incorporate the film roll you see in the two corners and some empty polaroid pictures on the floor above the painting. The three clowns I’m using represent drinking, withdrawal, and the emotionally unavailable. The film strip represents the history that lead these clowns to be who they are today. It will possibly be framed in an old chainsaw chain representing how untouchable the emotionally unavailable are. This will also be finished and available this Saturday for open studio from 11- 2

After these are complete I will working on custom pieces for three new clients. If you or anyone you know is interested in having a custom piece made you can contact me at 401-316-3062 or email erintwhalen@gmail.com

Thanks so much for following and enjoying my artwork. When others look forward to my new pieces I find myself even more excited to continue creating.

Erin T Whalen

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New beginnings

Its been at least a month since I wrote and painted but during this time a lot has happened. The first was an email notifying me that THE STORY EMPORIUM won BEST OF 2012 – “The best place to hear a children’s story” and I have to say I am honored! It is listed in the August RI Monthly Issue. Along with this great news I have been invited to be a guest on a Boston TV show to read to children which I am VERY excited about and in addition to that, I have been contacted by The Rhode Show for a day at THE STORY EMPORIUM! Such great things coming about, now if I could only get there LOL.

This summer I got a chance to teach in Boston and I have to say I had a wonderful time. That being said I would like to get some workshops going at The Story Emporium. I attempted to in the past only to get overwhelmed, however having a chance to teach elsewhere reconnected me with my love for teaching so I am eager to get some workshops going.

I am updating THE STORY EMPORIUM website and workshops now that I have internet access again so keep your eyes open and please, if you were disappointed before because a workshop cancelled don’t worry, things are in better order now and the workshops will be absolutely WONDERFUL.

I would like to end this post by thanking everyone who has followed and supported my art and writing in one way or another. It’s because of you that my career is flourishing.

Sincerely my friends…

Erin

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My Painting is coming along just fine…

My Painting is coming along just fine...

My Book Vampire Painting Update… still working

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Dusty Butterfly Painting Completed

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I have put another painting on THE STORY EMPORIUM wall, this one is of The Dusty Butterfly who plays quite a large role in “A Trashy Novel” –  my latest book that is in the editing stage… hooray! While writing this novel I thought I would never see the end of it but finally after years of thinking and percolating ideas then 2 years of putting it together I finally have the evidence of a finished piece of work. When I wrote and illustrated my three picture books the same process took place where I felt hopeless and couldn’t finish. I have to say the novel was the worst of all four books when it came to the ominous feeling of complete and utter doom that I would never reach the end. The great part is the more I wrote it and got to know each character and how they all related to each other the plots twisted into each other naturally and a real world full of fantasy blossomed and came to life. What a feeling of accomplishment! All I have to say at this point in the process is I truly hope you come to love and enjoy the characters I created and get lost in the world I created for them. If you do then I can happily say, I’ve done my job. 

Thank you everyone who follows my work and especially those who pass the word on about it to their friends. It’s through you that my work becomes known and enjoyed by others and to be quite honest is what makes the many hours of creating worth it. 

Please feel free to visit my studio any Saturday at http://www.thestoryemporium.org and see what my latest creations are. 

Until next time…. keep creating!

Erin 

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RI Monthly Magazine Visits The Story Emporium

First off let me say that RI Monthly Magazine is a wonderful publication with amazing workers. They came to The Story Emporium and spent the entire day taking in the atmosphere and if I’m not mistaken, we had a wonderful time! I am excited to say we will be featured in the March issue in the “CURRENT” section edited by Jamie Coelho so be sure to keep yours eyes peeled for that piece!

I am also thrilled to announce that my wonderful Mom has completed my 1700’s style steampunk outfit for me to wear at The Story Emporium on Saturday’s during The Farmer’s Market. I chose this outfit to wear not only because I love the Steampunk era/style but also because my novel coming out this year is reminissant of this period clothing so I have decided to conduct all of my book signings for “A Trashy Novel” in this amazing new costume.

So if you happen to see a victorian style dressed woman wandering the halls of The Farmer’s Market at The Hope Artiste Village be sure to follow her into The Story Emporium because you can bet there will be a children’s author or illustrator waiting inside by the fireplace reading to children, doing crafts, and signing their own books!

So in summary I would like to thank the wonderful team at RI Monthly for coming out to do a story on our cozy little corner of The Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket RI as well as my beautiful Mother who works so hard everyday to keep The Story Emporium looking beautiful.

Thanks so much to everyone involved in the creation and upkeep of the THE STORY EMPORIUM. I believe so deep in my heart that we can change the lives of all our little readers whether it be helping them read, expanding their talents in art and writing, or just giving them a safe haven to sit in a world of make-believe for a little while. Let’s all keep up the good work together!

                      Erin T. Whalen

            Children’s Author & Illustrator    

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Our Wednesday Visiting Author is….

Good Morning! I would like to announce that tonight from 4-7 Joan Creamer will be fireside at The Story Emporium signing her MAGIC SEPTER SERIES. A beautifully illustrated series of picture books. Joan is not only the author but the illustrator as well. Come visit us tonight and purchase a present that will surely touch someone’s heart this Holiday season.

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Wednesday Author Visit

This Wednesday, November 30th come to The Story Emporium to meet Carol Ekster! She will be signing her books from 4-7pm. 

Did you ever loose something, because your room was so messy? That is exactly what happened to Ruth the Sleuth.  As she searches her very messy room for a potholder she borrowed from her mother.  Ruth the Sleuth gets distracted again and again by the wonderful items she finds within her mess. But, will she be able to find her mom’s potholder in time to have cookies with her friend, Zack? 

Where am I Sleeping Tonight?

“Ever wake up and not know where you are?  Not sure if your homework is due today or tomorrow?  Can’t remember if you have hockey practice tonight? Forgot your homework at your Mom’s and now you’re at your Dad‘s and can’t get it done? Welcome to the world of Mark and Evan…ever since their parentsdivorce their lives and schedules have been scrambled leaving them feeling confused, frustrated, and even a little angry with their parents for getting a divorce.  But with time, effort, and the assitance of Mark’s parents and teacher, Mark gets a little more organized, and most importantly, starts to come to terms with his parents’ divorce.”