2015 Was All That (and a Wedding)

Kate/ January 13, 2016/ blog

2015 was a really good year. The best, really. How do I mean? In January I received the Eckelberry Fellowship. In March I signed my first children’s book illustration contract. In May I got married, and traveled to Costa Rica and drew birds. In November I signed my second picture

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Rain, Randomly

Kate/ June 27, 2015/ blog

The rain sounds like crinkle paper as it overflows the gutters and forms pools around the house. The trees dance in the wind gusts. Water coats the surface of every sill. Every place has it’s own style of rain. Here in Philadelphia, an evening thunderstorm is summer

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12 Days in Costa Rica

Kate/ June 12, 2015/ blog

12 days in Costa Rica helped me prepare for this late spring heat wave. 12 days in Costa Rica taught me a lot about cloud forests, rainforests, and tropical birds. 12 days in Costa Rica cleared my mind of past ghosts and made room for new thoughts

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Come to Nerd Nite tonight!

Kate/ February 4, 2015/ blog, events, news

Tonight I’m giving a short presentation about Passenger Pigeons and their demise at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. It’s a great lineup, so if you’re not into dead pigeons, but like dogs or other food, there will be something for you! Plus beer, wine, and bratwurst. Get all the info

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Moyamensing means Pigeon Droppings

Kate/ February 4, 2015/ blog, events, news

Tonight I’m giving a short presentation about Passenger Pigeons and their demise at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. It’s a great lineup, so if you’re not into dead pigeons, but like other food or dogs, there will be something for you! Plus beer, wine, and bratwurst. Get all the

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On the Drafting Table: Ospreys

Kate/ January 8, 2015/ blog

Osprey sketches for a children’s illustrated chapter book. Sketches are done, color to come. All images ©2015 Kate Garchinsky. All rights reserved.

2015: A New Year of Renewal

Kate/ January 6, 2015/ blog

A new year. A blank slate. A chance to renew ourselves. To revisit our goals.  This time last year I revisited my goal to be a working nature writer and illustrator. I had had enough of just-scraping-by doing work that taxed me, rather than rewarding me—mentally, physically, monetarily,

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That Martha’s Kept Me Busy

Kate/ September 19, 2014/ birds, blog

It’s bad form to go months without blogging. My only excuse is that I’ve been working hard on something greater. I knew that if I wandered off-course to talk about what I was doing, then I would no longer be doing it. I’d be digressing. As I

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#RememberMartha

Kate/ August 29, 2014/ birds, blog

Use this image to #RememberMartha in your social media streams on 9/1/14. Full post to come on the subject.     

SCBWI Logo Contest Winner

Kate/ August 20, 2014/ graphic design, news

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – The Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA) chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has a new logo, designed and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Adrienne Wright, Regional Illustration Coordinator for EPA, announced a logo re-design contest for the chapter’s logo on

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