Kathy Stinson's Blog
March 8, 2017
A new picture book about Joshua Bell by the same team that brought you The Man with the Violin.
This interview with Open Book will tell you all about it. Read on!
February 15, 2017
Photo credit: Scott Suchman
The sold out audience in the four tiers of seats at the Kennedy Center rose to their feet with a roar on the afternoon of February 12, when the world premiere of the orchestral adaptation of the book, The Man with the Violin, ended.
Behind the orchestra was a large wide screen on which was projected imagery created by Dusan Petricic for the book on which the concert is based, animated by the Montreal production studio, Normal. Smaller vertical screens flanked the...
February 8, 2017
The exciting news I shared last June — about the musical adaptation of The Man with the Violin in the works — is about to become a living thing. The man with the violin, Joshua Bell himself, will play the part of the solo violinist who was ignored by thousands when he played in a Washington DC metro station in 2007.
The world premiere will take place at the Kennedy Center in that city Sunday, February 12. Watch this space for news of the Canadian premier at the National Arts Centre in Ottaw...
January 18, 2017
I’ve been taking another online photography course. Different instructors this time — the folks who set up oopoomoo.com and oopoomoo Creatives.I was delighted to win free entrance to the class with a couple of my photos back in the fall. Thank you, oopoomoo!
Samantha and Darwin’sResolve, is more about discovering who you are as a photographer than a how-to-make-better-photos course. The last assignment asks for “an image you feel is representative of your creative vision.” Hm. This strikes me...
December 28, 2016
One of my favourite photo editing tools, PicMonkey, recently came out with templates for all kinds of neat photo projects, including one that helped me create this —
How many selected significant events, captured here, can you identify?
To the first person to list all 9, I’ll send a big e-hug.
Oh what the heck. E-hugs to all my loyal followers! See you in the new year!
December 21, 2016
Hang Up the Baby’s Stocking
by Emily Huntington Miller
Hang up the baby’s stocking.
Be sure you don’t forget!
The dear little dimpled darling,
She’s never seen Christmas yet!
But I’ve told her all about it,
And she opened her big blue eyes,
And I’m sure she understood it —
She looked so funny and wise
So begins a poem I adored as a child. I think I even memorized it but I can’t be sure about that because I was only 5 years old my sister’s first Christmas. Could I really have been that clev...
December 14, 2016
November 30, 2016
Photography – it’s becoming almost as big a part of who I am as writing is. So I’ve added a new page to my website. And I recently joined Instagram which will be only about photography. I hope you’ll check out both!
November 23, 2016
As timely as ever…
One Year Commencing — published in 1997, but would having to decide which parent you want to live with be any easier now than it was then? Thistledown Press doesn’t think so. This book and 4 more YA titles are on sale for 30% off this week, through their website only.
Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Any More — published in 1984 and republished with new illustrations in 2007, because young kids still need the assurances this book offers. I was reminded of this last month wh...
November 9, 2016
This may be NaNoWriMo but two of my three current writing projects happen to be picture books and that’s where I’m focusing most of my attention this month. I’ll also, in the coming days, be offering practical guidance and (I hope) inspiration to others writing picture books.
Tomorrow evening I’m offering a presentation on “Writing A Children’s Picture Book” at the Rockwood Public Library, as part of my residency with Wellington County libraries. If you’re interested, call519.856.4851 to see...