The Cherry Thief – Children’s Book Review


The Cherry Thief by Renata Galindo

Kudos to Galindo for both story and illustrations, she does an exceptional job at making an investigation to find a thief, fun and an imaginative adventure.

Galindo’s illustrations are simple crayon drawings, primary colours only, with the exception of chef. Light yellow washes are used for some page backgrounds emphasizing some of the small details.

This style of art would be appealing to young children wanting to play along with the investigation. The scribbles and and playful dot patterns would be fun to imitate.

 Having all three of the main characters different sizes allows the pages to be utilized top to bottom.  The mysterious blue character is open to having a name given to it, I’d call it “Blog” combined words  (blue hedge hog).

The Cherry Thief, has a subtle way of offering classroom or family participation; discussion on the missing cookies or the Spring season, dog’s incredible instincts and communication between people you don’t know.

The visuals in this story are important; the hand shake with the blue guy, foot prints, body gestures (angry, confused), and personal perceptions both literally and artistically.

 I challenge you to pull out the crayolas and MAKE ART!

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Raven and the Red Ball – Wordless Book

Sarah Drummond Artist and Naturalist created a visual story about; a dog, a raven and a red ball. Drummond’s small and lively wordless book Raven and Red Ball is a collectable for artists and bird lovers.

The strong images are memorable and any one of them would look great framed with a 4 inch white mat. What would be really great is to hear the different versions of the story from a childs perspective.

This lovely little book has big heart.

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Choices – Framing your Art

The whole idea around Custom Picture Framing is that you have choices.

Things to consider when framing something special;

Are you or your art; Contemporary, ornate, unique ?

How would you like your art to be represented?

  1. clean and simple, easy to read.
  2. important, large liner decorative frame
  3. unique in colour and style
  4. well thought out, considerate of the subject


The linen liner is like a margin in a book, it sets the art apart from the frame, creates a clean and easy to read boarder around the art. A sense of importance with a special frame on it.

Style of Frame matters if you want to make a statement that connects; you, the art, and the theme of the subject.

Presentation is significant when promoting the arts. I encourage you to consider picture framing your art with care.

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Document Frames – Wall Arrangements

Displaying your Documents

I have Five frames and mats that are identical, which makes it easy if you have five identical documents. Custom Picture Framing is meant to make every document framed unique, so ….

Why have all the frames the same;

1. a team of people in the same office share the wall space to display their professional status.

2. one person has multiple levels of achievements in the same area of expertise.

3. a person could look at a collection of documents as one important statement.

4. a family history of education, rather that photos

If you have any more ideas please send them my way.

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Customers Know – art and framing

The Customer knows when it is time to change the frame on a beloved painting.

My client  was promised this landscape painting her grandfather painted for her mother many years ago and until just recently it was gifted to her.  It is a beautiful original painting of the mountains (24X48″), the view is as if you are sitting on a park bench looking  west.

It wasn’t even hung on the wall before it was brought into The Art Tree art framing for a new frame. The new frame is a 3″ seamless white liner with a Larson Juhl beaded black frame with red undertones, it compliments the painting nicely.

IMG_0944 1960's frame

out dated frameold style frame

Would you like this frame?

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Shadow Chasers – Children Book Review

Shadow Chasers by Elly Mackay


Even thought the cover of the book is shown above, these quotes are from the back of the book;

“Surprising as it is nakedly inspirational.” – Jay Bushara, The Huffington Post

“Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul.” – Publishers Weekly.

These quotes from other authors and publishers are as creative as the illustrator & author of Shadow Chasers.

In this book daylight is beauty during the hours of sunset and a little at sunrise. During these times of the day the colour of the sky may be bright pink or orange and the SHADOWS are most dramatic due to the position of the sun. Mackay has taken the theme of Light and created a poetic visual of how the setting sun can magically move shadows.

Three children playfully skip through the trees, while creatures big and small appear as shadows throughout their journey. The children in the story are like paper dolls in action, they interact with nature, while nature magically changes and plays with them.

The three lovable characters are consistently in the foreground, wearing patterned clothing and have enthusiastic gestures. As their journey comes to a close so does the light of day and the brother piggy backs the smallest one home. The warmth & charm of this story is about siblings enjoying the simplicity of life, it is a feel good book about observation and interaction with nature.

Mackay’s etsy shop

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Options in matting colours for Picture Framing

Custom Picture Framing offers many choices in colour and design. What you choose now can easily be changed or updated in the future, no need to throw the artwork out.

A client brought a framed print into the studio, she liked the frame but just wanted a bit of an upgrade on the matting.



We changed the blue & red mat to an off white & gold (2nd), and from regular glass to museum. You can see the difference in the photos, but what was interesting to me was when I went to photograph the blue mat the flash went off, not for the white one, both in the same position and lighting.



The over all image is brighter with the white mat and the details are more noticeable. Colour is fun to play with and can really say something about the art, but if you’d like the art to speak for itself, sometimes neutral is the best way to go.

Which one do you like?


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Mr. Frank – Children’s Book Review

Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher


Luxbacher’s illustrations are about; colours, patterns and creating. Her story is about a tailor, Mr. Frank who is illustrated as an older gentleman with; a slightly arched back, reading glasses, white hair and an overall warm soft edge to his figure. Mr. Frank sits but not still, his work station is in front of a window representing (in my opinion) time passing by.

Mr. Frank has made a career of creating unique and vibrant outfits for generations and his creations are a mixture of; serious times, wild times, performances and finally just plan FUN time. I have taken up sewing, not seriously but a  playful and experimental way and this book has inspired me.

Luxbacher counts the years of Mr. Frank’s work backwards, in ten year increments representing the eras of significance.

It would certainly be playful. Even more playful than the dresses and skirts he hemmed forty-some-odd years ago.

The text is written casual as if talking to someone you know;

… Mr. Frank decided it was finally time to pack up his shop. He would hang up is measuring tape, unplug his iron and put away his pins for the very last time.

Beginner readers would not know the meaning of “pack up his shop” but the parent or grandparent reading the story would. The illustrations speak volumes for the meaning of what is happening, and a children with grandparents will see the actions in Mr. Frank and know what they mean.

The illustrations are mix medium; photos, drawings, fabric and repeated patterns of colour and design. The illustrations have a way of contributing to the “what” a tailor’s shop is all about by the; texture and repeat patterns, fabric.

The Conclusion is about relaxing the seriousness of years gone by and playing with a different style colour and design. I bet the last illustration will encourage many grandparents to share their wealth of knowledge to a younger generation.

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Meditative Threads made into ART – Susan Fae Art

Where do the birds come from? They just come out of me when I create, I cut the bird shape free-hand from the suede mat board and applied it to a collection of pieced together fabric mattes. These are a collection of ideas made into a meditative art works using a sewing machine with colourful threads, adding other small objects that are close at hand. The time flies by when I’m at the sewing machine.

The bits and pieces are fun to assemble into a larger piece of art.Work in progress susan fae art

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Small Sketches or Doodles have Appeal

A Friend – A Bird – A Memory

Many years ago my good friend Lorne knew how much I liked birds so he did a few sketches of the birds outside his kitchen window and gave me one. I was so charmed by  the pencil sketch that I had to frame it.

framed bird on shelf the art tree

Small things matter.

Lorne's bird

Small family heirlooms have BIG stories and Great impact on history when shared with others. This season frame something special.

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