Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Spring: A Morning with Grandpa Release & Norfolk Academy Art Show 2016

Although it still feels like Winter, Spring is coming in with a bang for me.


The official release date for A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, written by me and illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) is May 1, but books have already arrived at my local indie store, Prince Books, and Amazon is fulfilling orders.

So it's really real now! Seeing my book on the shelf at Prince Books (above) was a thrill.

I went in to sign some pre-orders:

And then this weekend, I got my box of author copies! Apollo was the first to enjoy them:

I'm looking forward to my book signing party at Prince Books on Saturday, April 30, from 4-6 p.m.  We've got a tai chi demo planned, which should be fun.

And to celebrate the launch, I will take part in a multi-stop blog tour, beginning on April 22, with the website I help run, Kidit411.

I'm also excited that my good friend Alayne Kay Christian gave a nice review of the book on her blog recently: Unearth Your Protagonist's True Goal, Plus A Morning with Grandpa Has Been Released!


Each year, I take part in my girls' school's annual art show, featuring about 80 local artists. I didn't have a lot of time this year to come up with four completely new pieces of work, so I re-worked a few older ones, and did a new collage piece:
Here Be Lionfish © Sylvia Liu

Home © Sylvia Liu

Stay © Sylvia Liu

This is the collage and painting technique I'm playing with now:

I Dream of Kraken © Sylvia Liu

The art show is the same day as my book signing, at Norfolk Academy, April 30, at 6 p.m.  Hope my local friends will stop by one or the other, or both!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cats on My Mind: A 5-Day #artchallenge

This week I was tagged to do an #artchallenge on Facebook, which was to post five pieces of my art per day. It didn't have to be newly made art, but I decided to doodle my cute new kitty, Apollo:

© Sylvia Liu
Then my sister asked me to do her two cats, Ezio and Pumpkin, so I did that for Day 2:

© Sylvia Liu
Having started this theme, I decided to paint a friend's kitty, Loki:

© Sylvia Liu
And my friend Elaine's cat Blaine:

© Sylvia Liu

Finally, my friend Yvonne's cat, Pip:

© Sylvia Liu
As you can see, I evolved from a cartoon style to a more painterly one. It was fun to revisit my artist roots of painting which is a different style than my illustrations.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Meet Apollo: our new Siberian Kitten

Apollo is our new Siberian kitten. I never thought we would have a cat because my husband is very allergic to them. As a Christmas present, he researched hypoallergenic cats and this breed came up and now we have a cat. He is still somewhat allergic, but only when he handles him, and it's much better than most other breeds.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 In Review: Health, Hope and Creativity

My motto for 2016

In the past, I've reflected on my creative year and was grateful for my creative communities (2013) or my very creative family (2014). This year, I focus on lessons learned in 2015:

Friday, December 18, 2015

How I Got My Agent: Dow Phumiruk

I'm excited to interview Dow Phumiruk, an online friend I met through several kid lit communities. Her art is luminous and we featured her on Kidlit411 last year.
She talks about how she landed her agent, Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency.

Monday, November 30, 2015


A very exciting development. My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA got its first review, in Publisher's Weekly. Check out the full review here. It's a good one!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


How exciting is this?

My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by the talented Christina Forshay, will be published by Lee and Low Books in May 2016.

I am so pleased to share the cover. Christina has captured the main characters, Gong Gong and Mei Mei, perfectly, as they share a morning of tai chi and yoga.

It's available for preorder it at  AmazonBarnes and NobleIndiebound, or your local bookseller.

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