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Meet our new author Judy Mastrangelo and check out two of her books!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to create paintings, even as a child, and writing about my graphic art has always been enjoyable to me too.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I “Daydream” about my work in the beginning, and create what I call a “Mind Painting” of my ideas. So my illustrations and writing for a book go hand in hand together. I always illustrate all of my books. I don’t paint very quickly, since it’s a labor of Love for me, and I try to make my art as good as I can. So that sometimes it takes me several years to complete a book that I’ve both written and illustrated.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Some of my work time is “in my mind” in the beginning of my workday. So doing actual painting and writing varies throughout each day. My creative process is very enjoyable to me, and as a result, I don’t usually keep to a strict schedule.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I suppose the answer to that is my process of combining the art of painting and writing together to create a book.
Hello everyone! This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to an award-winning illustrator and author: Judy Mastrangelo. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list.
Your book covers are works of art! What did you want to become when you were a child?
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a graphic artist. The world was a magical and inspiring place for me then, and it still remains so now that I’m an adult. I wanted to paint the lovely faces I saw in flowers, the sparkling morning dew in the grass, and clouds reflecting the glorious colors of twilight.
Animals have always had fascinating and unique personalities to me. And within my colorful imagination, my fellow humans seemed to evolve into gods, goddesses, and any number of otherworldly spirits. So in a few words, the World was and still is my inspiration for my imaginative fantasy artwork that I love to depict in my paintings.
Even as a youngster, I would develop my art first in my mind as a picture rather than doing preliminary sketches. Later on, as a grownup, I came to term this method “MIND PAINTING”.
I always have an idea of what I want to create before I begin a project. I use my method of “MIND PAINTING” in which I conceive of ideas and accompanying paintings in my mind as one total vision before I start. It’s an exciting way to create, and I’m sure many other authors and Illustrators do the same.
Another term that can be used for this method would be “inspiration”. I don’t really labor over trying to think of an idea. Concepts just come to me as “Visions”, and I dearly welcome them all gratefully.
What I wanted to become when I was a girl was a “Painter of Visions and Words”, and that is still my goal. It is my spiritual passion.
As I “daydream” about my “Visions” that I want to put on canvas, I often create words to go hand in hand with these images. The creation of this form of “mixed media art” has been a great delight for me throughout my lifetime. It has developed into books that I both write and illustrate, combining my love for the visual images, and the written word.
I find the mixture of words and images very exciting.
I suppose it harkens back to our experiences when we were young and the wonderful feelings we first had when visiting the Magical Land of Books. It is similar to watching a movie that we love. And yet reading a book is different in that we can add our own personal images and feelings to it in addition to the accompanying illustrations in a book or film.
Entering into the exciting world of literature is a wonderful escape from our everyday world. It gives us the opportunity to experience many adventures and to identify with various characters, which we wouldn’t normally have to the opportunity to do. This art form is very fulfilling, as is all art in general.
My guest today is an author and talented illustrator of children’s fantasy books. She seems a bit shy, but I was able to coax a few answers out of her, regarding writing for children and creating beautiful illustrations. Because, after all, at least half of writing for children is creating visual images, so an author who can do their own illustrations comes into the game a step ahead. Please help me welcome author and illustrator Judy Mastrangelo.
Kaye: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Judy: I’ve always enjoyed writing, ever since I was very young.
Kaye: Would you share the story of your own publishing journey?
Judy: As a child I would write little stories from my imagination, or about my everyday experiences.
Coming from a fine art background, I’ve always loved the wonderful artists of the “Golden Age of Illustration”, who illustrated books from about 1850 to 1925. I like to think that I continue along this line in my own small way. I enjoy writing stories that I illustrate, and also love illustrating classical stories in the public domain.
Many of my paintings have been licensed for various markets, such as art prints, wall murals, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, oracle cards etc. I have written and illustrated several published books. And I have both illustrated and written the text to a new inspirational Oracle Card Deck which will be on the market next year, published by “RED FEATHER MIND BODY SPIRIT”, a division of Schiffer Publishing.
You can see and hear podcasts about my artwork on Youtube.
These include some radio interviews, plus several teaching podcasts about the steps I take in the creation of my Art. To learn more about my Art and products, you can visit: www.judymastrangelo.com
Kaye: What’s something most readers would never guess about you?
Judy: I am a “movie buff” and enjoy many genres of film.
Listen to my interview with Robert Sharpe on BITE Radio, where I talk about my art and the Portal to the Land of Fae books.
Imagination Books Leads The Way With It’s Fabulous Range of Judy Mastrangelo Art Releases
Judy Mastrangelo is a world renowned artist and author. She has written and illustrated several books, which include themes of Poetry, Fairytales, Fairies and Animals. She has been influenced by many great artists of the past, such as those of the Italian Renaissance, The Pre-Raphaelites, the Hudson River School Artists, and the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Her books are published by IMAGINATION BOOKS, a division of Dusty Saddle Publishing:
Dusty Saddle Publishing is one of the foremost Western publishers with hundreds of titles in print. Imagination books, this new imprint of Dusty Saddle Publishing, takes a different direction from the western genre, focusing on books about the poplar themes of Fantasy, Fairytales, Poetry, Art etc. Judy Mastrangelo’s wonderful blend of imaginative writing and beautiful illustration will certainly have great appeal to all.
Judy Mastrangelo has both written, illustrated, and designed a delightful series of four books about elves and fairies. This series is entitled:
“PORTAL TO THE LAND OF FAE”
Here are the titles of each of the individual books:
“SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES,”
and “MYSTICAL FAIRIES.”
These four books have had a large success as Kindle Ebooks.
Now, by popular demand, they are being published in paperback by Imagination Books:
Be sure and collect the entire four book set.
The second of these books is her “SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES.”
Judy Mastrangelo is a world-renowned artist and author, especially known for her depictions of the Fairy Realm. Her paintings follow in the fine art tradition of the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. This “SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES” book whispers about the secret hidden world of elves and fairies that she imagines to exist.
My name is Judy Mastrangelo. I’m a Fantasy artist.
My website is judymastrangelo.com. I have written and illustrated several books,
which include themes of Poetry, Fairytales, and Fairies.
I’m delighted to tell you that my books are being published by Imagination Books.
On my website you can look on my Book Page to find out all about this. There you can see my published books to date, most of which are currently ebooks. Many of them are now in the process of also being published as paperback books which will be available for purchase soon. I’m very excited about the launching of this book series.
My new book entitled “THE STAR” has just come out in paperback.
It illustrates the famous immortal poem, which is also known as
“TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR”,
written by Jane Taylor. The original title of this well known poem was “THE STAR”, which I have chosen also to use as the title for my book. This poem is generally only known from the first few lines:
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.”
But I wanted to illustrate the entire poem by Jane Taylor, which is very lovely, and not well known in this uncut longer version. Jane lived from 1783 – 1824, and was an English poet and novelist. The poem is now famous worldwide, but unfortunately Jane’s name is generally forgotten as the author of it.
I have painted all my life, and have written and illustrated several books, which include themes of Poetry, Fairytales, and Fairies. I have been influenced by many great Artists of the past, such as those of the Italian Renaissance, the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood, and the Hudson River School of Landscape Artists. My deep love for classically illustrated literature has inspired me very much in my book illustration artwork. In this genre of my paintings, I try to follow in the tradition of the classical Illustrators that I admire tremendously. I really enjoy the English and American Schools of the Golden Age of Illustration. My favorite artist of this type is Maxfield Parrish, who was associated with the American Golden Age of illustration. Other American artists included the talented N.C. Wyeth, and Jessie Wilcox Smith. I love the way this particular school of Artists has portrayed tales of Fantasy, Children, and Imaginary Characters. I’ve created several personalities in my illustrations for the book The Star, such as the very whimsical “Man in the Moon”. Max-field Parrish had a great influence on me in the development of this character, who is both comical and magical. I’ve tried to paint my book illustrations, such as this endearing character, in the classical story-book style.
I have also been very influenced by the Great Artists of the English Golden Age of Illustration, as well as many talented Illustrators from other countries of course. Several wonderful British women artists have excelled in this genre of children’s book illustration, such as the delightful Margaret Tarrant. Beatrix Potter, who is famous for her Peter Rabbit and other little animal books, was in this English school also. My little Animals in the book “The Star” have been very influenced by Beatrix’s adorable animals. She is known for anthropomorphizing her little creatures, by giving them human characteristics. She loved to dress them in decorative little outfits ~ something that I’ve also enjoyed doing with the little creatures I portray in this interpretation of the Twinkle Little Star poem. I’ve depicted my little animals to have human-like expressions, and wearing decorative and colorful costumes.
I’ll always love these wonderful Artists I’ve just mentioned. I know I’ll never be able to meet them in person, or to speak with them. Sadly we are separated in time, and they are all long gone from this world. But they will always live in my heart as my friends, and their beautiful Artwork will inspire me forever.
I have interpreted The Star poem in the following imaginative way with my illustrations: A sweet little Girl, gazing upon an Evening Star, falls into a lovely Fantasy World. Then she flies through the sky, reaching toward her Star, and experiences an exciting Dream-like adventure. In this fantastic and beautiful world of twinkling Stars and luminescent evening clouds, she meets the friendly Man in the Moon, who introduces her to a darling little boy holding a candle of stars. This new friend is the personification of the Little Twinkle Star himself. She also sees some adorable cheerful little Fantasy Animals, playing in the fluffy evening clouds. All of these Fantasy beings are guided by the glowing light of her Twinkling Star.
My love of Nature, Animals, Children, and Fantasy Literature comes out in my art-work, which I always try to create with tender loving care. The art of Painting is very dear to my Heart, and is one of my favorite things. I feel drawn to share this appreciation with everyone, in the intent to spread my feelings of my Love for Life. I try to portray this in my artwork, along with the tenderness and beauty that I so identify with, in the great Golden Age of Illustration.
Before I begin a painting, I develop my ideas, by first visualizing them as a Mind Painting. Many Artists have done this throughout the ages. With this method, I see an image, and develop it in my imagination over a period of time. I don’t sketch it down with drawings. It’s all in my head. I can see it with my eyes open or closed – in a day dream, or at night before sleeping.
This book is the first of my series of “COME PLAY WITH ME” books. These particular books tell a story that I’ve Illustrated. They also contain several fun filled interactive activities to enjoy. Some of these activities include: Pages to color, from some of my art in the book. Here you can add an individual interpretation of the artwork, by using your own color ideas and techniques. There are also pages upon which you can draw your own pictures and even write an original story.
I have also included a delicious bed time Cookie recipe to make, that Little Twinkle’s Mother bakes for him. And there are two pages where you can learn the easy steps of “How to Draw a Face”. Also included are some delightful things to cut out, such as pretty Pictures from the book, and Cards and Decorations to cut out as gifts to decorate your home. All of the pages to be cut out are one sided.
It is a “Fun for the Entire Family” book, that all can enjoy together. I hope you like it.
I have many more books planned that are being developed now. My next project is my four volumed work about Fairies entitled “PORTAL TO THE LAND OF FAE”. The themes of each of these four books are “FLOWER FAIRIES”, “FAIRYTALE FAIRIES”, “SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES”, and “MYSTICAL FAIRIES”. They will all be available soon as paperbacks.
The first in my series of Coloring books is also now available. It is intended for All Ages and Levels of Color enthusiasts, and is called “GREYSCALE FANTASTIC CREATURES TO COLOR”. It includes many themes to color, such as my artwork of Unicorns, Dragons, Pegasus etc. More of my coloring books will be on the market soon, including themes of Fantasy, Landscapes and Florals.
Needless to say I’m very excited about all of these books, and I hope you will enjoy them. I have also licensed my artwork in several markets, such as wall murals from MAGIC MURALS, and cross stitch patterns from HEAVEN AND EARTH DESIGNS.
You can purchase some of my artwork on various products,
which you can learn about on my website shop page:
Thank you for letting me share some of my enthusiasm for Art with you.
You can get an idea of my current books in print on my website book page:
To learn more about my artwork, visit my website: judymastrangelo.com.
And while you’re there please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to discover what’s happening in my Magical world: https://judymastrangelo.com/newsletter/
Enjoy the Fantasy!
DSP Launches A Brand New Venture With Top American Artist Judy Mastrangelo
“The idea of combining great art with a voracious public desire for activity books makes this new product line incredibly important to the company,” Chairman Bruce Bennett explained earlier last week. “We are very sure that this range will become extremely successful.”
The first book in the series “THE STAR” was released at the beginning of December. It is illustrated with beautiful, colorful, and whimsical paintings by world renowned artist Judy Mastrangelo. It contains the entire immortal poem, which is also known as “TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR,” written by Jane Taylor. This book also contains several fun filled interactive bonus pages with things to create, such as: Coloring pages, Crafts and a Recipe to make, and “How To Draw Pages”.
Through her lovely paintings, Judy has interpreted this famous poem in a unique and enthralling way, with delightful fantasy animals and other imaginative characters, all playing in a magical night-time sky.
“THE STAR” is certainly beautifully put together, handsomely designed and delicious in every way. This book will make a fine addition to the collections of those who love great artwork.
You can learn more about Judy Mastrangelo and “The Star” by contacting Dusty Saddle Publishing directly via their website https://judymastrangelo.com/books-2/imagination-books/the…. You can order your copy of “THE STAR” from Amazon by clicking here (https://www.amazon.com/Star-Come-Play-Fun-Book/dp/1731020…).