PenguinArt by Kate Garchinsky


September 12, 2012

I Smell Fall Coming

…and I could not be happier about it. Up late after churning out some informational graphics for a client, I’m kept company by a warm beagle at my feet, and a pair of barred owls in the woods outside my window. “Who cooks for you, dear? Who cooks for yooooooooooou?” they hoot and hop from […]


December 6, 2011

Blog Tour: “The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women” by Gail McMeekin

“For creative people, the opportunity to dance with the creative process is itself an experience of abundance. Abundance invites us to live the life we truly desire instead of settling for less. We are the choice-makers of our own priorities. We do indeed design our own lives.” — Gail McMeekin; The 12 Secrets of Highly […]


February 15, 2011

I always did well in school.

It took me 37 years, but I now understand just how important my natural “talents” were for my success in school. The right side of my brain carried me through with its affinity for writing, drawing and language. My memory was highly visual, and I relied heavily upon its ability to “photograph” what I needed […]


January 30, 2011

SCBWI Exhaustion

exhaustion [ɪgˈzɔːstʃən] n 1. extreme tiredness; fatigue 2. the condition of being used up; consumption exhaustion of the earth’s resources 3. the act of exhausting or the state of being exhausted I love this spot. Taken by Scott McBride. Exhaustion isn’t always necessarily bad. There’s post-exercise exhaustion. Post {bleep} exhaustion. Post-party exhaustion. Today it’s post-SCBWI-NYC-Mid-Winter Conference exhaustion. Who […]


August 18, 2010

Frogs, dogs, and polliwogs: 3 weeks of doing too much with too few successes

When stuck, try everything else. Worst idea? Watercolor plein air in the rain. #$#&%! Best idea? Getting Maggie and Kermit together for a picture. Experiments to be continued.


November 26, 2007

In Search of Creativity

One of my new goals for the next few months is to find and/or attend an inspiring creativity workshop. I don’t care if it’s about general creativity, or more specialized for oil or watercolor painting–I just want something that will get my juices flowing. I have been feeling stumped in this area for quite some […]