THE MAGIC OF ART
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.
“Joyful Inspirations” is a 45-card gift deck with a 52-page inspirational booklet. It is published by U.S. GAMES SYSTEMS, INC. of Stamford, Connecticut. The artwork is by Judy Mastrangelo. Frances Munro, a world-renowned spiritual healer, provided the wisdom to channel the direction and accompanying affirmation for each painting. Each card carries its own message in the guidebook that accompanies the deck, as well as an exercise, a prayer or an affirmation for you to do.
This card deck is intended to appeal to all ages – from Children to Adults, for the Young and “The Young At Heart.”
Featuring the dreamy artwork of Judy Mastrangelo, Joyful Inspirations cards invite you to join the caravan of flower fairies, dancing unicorns, friendly bunnies and a host of other joyful creatures who delight in spreading sunshine and rainbows. Enjoy cricket concerts, carousels, and garden parties in this magical world of the imagination. Each card carries its own message in the guidebook that accompanies the deck.
About Judy Mastrangelo: Judy Mastrangelo is a world-renowned artist. She is known mostly for her fairy and fantasy art, and she also excels in the painting of many other themes, such as children, animals, landscapes, florals, etc.
Her work is licensed in several markets worldwide, including puzzles, wall murals, books, and art prints. Judy daydreams about her paintings before she puts them on canvas. This preliminary technique of “Mind Painting” helps her develop imaginative works of art.
Follow her on Twitter: @ArtbyJudyMaster; Facebook and LinkedIn
About Frances Munro: After training as a spiritual healer in 1997, Frances found an ability to channel information. Over recent years, she has worked in the UK, USA, Sweden and Norway, providing development courses, past life regression and blockage release, retreats, and her own set of channeled Woodland Wisdom Oracle Cards published by U.S. Games, Inc. Her down-to-earth teaching illustrates the need to use spiritual wisdom for every area of life.
Follow her on Twitter: @FrancesBelper; Facebook and LinkedIn
This Is Judy and Frances’s second Inspirational Card Deck published by U.S. Games. The first one on which they collaborated was entitled “INSPIRATIONAL WISDOM FROM ANGELS & FAIRIES.”
This new “JOYFUL INSPIRATIONS” deck is available for purchase now in the United States and will be available in the United Kingdom and worldwide after September 1st. You can find out more here (https://judymastrangelo.com/portfolio/shop/).
An exclusive interview with one of the most prestigious children’s book authors of 2017. Meet Judy Mastrangelo!
Judy, it’s great to have you here. Thank you for agreeing to this sit down interview with me. It’s my pleasure. Thank you for doing this.
Why do you think people are still so interested in children’s books? What do you think it is about the mixture of words and images that excite people still? I suppose it harkens back to our experiences when we were young and the wonderful feelings we had entering into 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 opportunity to do. This art form is very fulfilling, as is all art in general.
What were your favorite books as a child? Did these favorites impact the way you created your own? The earliest books I remember reading were A. A. Milne’s poetry book, “When We Were Very Young,” and Frank L. Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and the others in his series of Oz books.
A. A. Milne was the author of the Winnie the Pooh books. The lovely and simple line drawings in this poetry book fascinated me. As I dreamed on his lovely book, I was able to imagine all sorts of things. The poems were very sweet and captivating. And when I read several of Baum’s “Oz” books, I was immediately drawn into his delightfully imaginative world. Both of these books, and others like them, had a deep and lasting influence on my books that I was later to create.
LEICESTER, England – Feb. 1, 2017 – PRLog — It was announced earlier this week that artist and author Judy Mastrangelo would be moving her art into several new and exciting projects.
One of the first to arrive is a brand new 500 Large Piece Panoramic Jigsaw Puzzle from “BITS AND PIECES” Puzzle Company called “PUPPY DOGHOUSE.” It is available to purchase from the company’s website now (http://m.bitsandpieces.com/product/puppy-doghouse-500-piece-jigsaw-puzzle/500_piece_jigsaw_puzzles) and will be available from Amazon.com.
Her painting “GARDENING ANGEL” is also being made into a puzzle by this company.
Other projects that will be hitting the market over the new few months are as follows:
1. Her new inspirational Card Deck from US GAMES, Inc. entitled “JOYFUL INSPIRATIONS” that she illustrated, with text by Frances Munro.
This is Judy and Frances’s second deck with US GAMES. Their first deck was entitled “INSPIRATIONAL WISDOM FROM ANGELS & FAIRIES” and can be purchased at https://judymastrangelo.com/2015/09/20/inspirational-wisdom-from-angels-fairies/
2. Judy has just been signed by a new book publisher who will be publishing her books in hard copy, which you can purchase online or in book stores worldwide.
Her first two audiobooks, “THE STAR,” and “WHAT DO BUNNIES DO ALL DAY?” are set to go live on Amazon.com very soon.
Currently, all her books are available as Kindle Ebooks only and more information can be found by visiting https://judymastrangelo.com/portfolio/books/
3. New murals from MAGIC MURALS will also be hitting the market and more information about these great murals can be found at this link: (https://www.magicmurals.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=judy+mastrangelo)
4. New cross stitch patterns from HEAVEN AND EARTH DESIGNS will also be released throughout 2017:
5. New cards are being added to her line of custom made all-occasion greeting cards that you can see on her website: (https://judymastrangelo.com/portfolio/greeting-cards/)
Currently, these greeting cards can be shipped to the USA only. Soon they will also be available to be shipped worldwide.
VALENTINE’S, ST. PATRICK’S DAY, ANNIVERSARY and THANK YOU cards are only a few of the categories of her beautiful cards.
6. New tubes from DIGITAL ART HEAVEN will also be released this year:
7. In addition, Judy has several prints, in many sizes, framed and unframed, which can be shipped worldwide from her two art collections from Art.com and Amazon.com.
The painting “FAIRY WEDDING” is one of her lovely pieces in these collections. Wouldn’t it be a perfect gift for VALENTINE’S DAY? You can find out more about this product by checking out these two links:
More details on these projects can be found by visiting Judy’s official website www.judymastrangelo.com where you can also sign up for Judy’s official newsletter.
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If you want to learn more about Judy Mastrangelo you can check out her latest fantastic interview about her love of movies right here.
This wonderful new interview series with Judy Mastrangelo is all about the movies. This is a seven part series… Let’s delve in!
Films have always inspired my life and my art, ever since I was young. They fulfill needs for fantasy, excitement, etc., which can be experienced vicariously by everyone who loves to partake in the adventure of this delightful art form.
I don’t watch movies all day long, only when I have some time to spare for them. But many great movies stay with me forever in my memory. Several of the films I mention here, I’ve seen several years ago. But they were so enjoyable that sometimes they will come to mind, and I’ll enjoy thinking about them and the actors who were in them. I find the realm of film a magical place of enrichment for my soul, since when I visit it, I can become other characters, visit fascinating lands, and partake in exciting adventures.
Personally, I enjoy both the old and the new films. They each have something to offer.
SHERLOCK HOLMES – To my mind, BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE portray the perfect Sherlock Holmes duo. This early series, based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is set during the Second World War. But even though this time period was not Doyle’s original intention, it is still delightful. Once in a while, I make a mistake and refer to Basil Rathbone as “Sherlock Holmes.” Sometimes actors become so very believable as their characters that people tend to really identify them with these fictional characters.
My second favorite Sherlock Holmes series done in 1984 stars Jeremy Brett. It was set in the actual time that Doyle intended it to be in. JEREMY BRETT’s portrayal is very believable as the nervous, brilliant and quick-witted sleuth.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – A great futuristic film by Stanley Kubrick based on the story by Arthur C. Clarke (1968). Kubrick always has great use of music, and the opening bars of “THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA” by Richard Strauss is an extremely memorable opening to the film.
STAR TREK – My favorite Star Trek series is the original one, with Leonard Nimoy as Spock and William Shatner as Kirk. I also very much enjoy the TV series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION starring the great Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The stories were wonderful, as was the acting, etc. All of the Star Trek movies were great also.