Last November I attended a three day show that I paid an embarrassing amount of money for. In those three days I sold embarrassingly little art. One man walked into my space and told me he was an art professor at a University. He said he really liked my art and he said to keep going. "Keep going and you'll get even better. You're on the right track". And I choose to believe him.
That was one of the things that made my effort worth the trip. Another was meeting the owner of "Wild Birds Unlimited", in Middletown, NJ. It's a niche shop that specializes in bird seed and bird feeders. They also carry lots of other things that might appeal to a person who loves birds and feeding them. He was very interested in both of my books, My Navesink and When You Live in the Woods. The silly thing was I forgot to give a copy of each book before he walked away! So, after that weekend I mailed him one of each with a letter saying how nice it was to meet him and I hoped he was still interested in carrying my books and offering to set up a book signing.
The reason he was interested in My Navesink is that Middletown sits on the banks of the Navesink River. Those who know the river and love her like I do, will be able to purchase copies at Wild Birds Unlimited at 844 NJ-35, Middletown Township, NJ 07748. Or you can call them at : (732) 671-3155.
Painting the illustrations for My Navesink was one of the most joyful experiences of my life! Writing the lyrics and music more than 20 years ago was as great a joy back then!
He was also interested in my picture book, When You Live in the Woods, with illustrations and poems by me. All of the paintings and poems are true stories about my experiences with the wildlife I live with on my 16 acre farm in the woods. For 25 years we've been stewards of the land, maintaining a healthy habitat for the animals that live around us and sometimes even get into our house! Many of our encounters have been with wild birds.
I think it's a perfect fit for "Wild Birds Unlimited!"