Q. Cassetti, I Love Fu, 2009 Digital and Pen and Ink,Surprises abound. I noticed that Jackie Decker, the tremendous future Beatrix Potter illustrator from Hartford got into the Society of Illustrators LA show (via Facebook, of course). I got twitchy (as usual) and started scanning my email to see if there was a little note for me. I was twitchy because of course, I hadn't gotten in (after submitting an absolute carload of pieces)...and kept at it. There it was! The SILA "You got something in" email. Phew! Twitchiness aside, I got SIX pieces in-- they are the Hartford SF Geisha (which I couldnt show this summer as we could only show one),the Jiri piece that got into SI NYC , I love Fu, Finch Valentine, Bee Mine Valentine, Sweetness Valentine.

We also got the recent copy of Creative Quarterly 17 in the mail and was thrilled to be among some outstanding work in photography, fine arts, graphic design and illustration. Charles Hively's Creative Quarterly publication is well structured, diverse and very interesting from the work shown to the advertising and book reviews that parallel the body of the piece. A portrait, one of my "portrait an hour" done in fear and trepidation of the Gary Kelley/ CF Payne class on portraits along with the Jean Tuttle/ Nancy Stahl digital class (also focusing on portraits). I shouldnt have gotten so worked up, but that is what I do--and interesting things often come out of the fear. Back to Creative Quarterly. There is a magazine which the select of the select are placed (I have one) and then the additional pieces go onto a website that shows those "runner ups" There are five runners up along with the portrait that got in here>>