Monday, July 27, 2015


It was all in my head, but now it's on paper. I believe that thoughts become things. Writing this story and it's going to be published. One day soon LOL!

Friday, July 24, 2015


Vanessa Newton We always had the laying around. Playing underneath them and wrapping our little brown bodies in them to keep warm on cool Autumn nights. Pieces of left over history, dreams, stories, hand me downs and bits all stitched up together to make a quilt. They didn't make them for show. My Grandma would say, " Only the white women got to make dem kind. The real pretty ones with diamond and log cabin patches. Didn't nobody have time to make dem kinda ting." They made the kind that was called ," Necessary Quilts." My Grandma called them " "Nesasity" She was Gullah Geechee. The community of women would come together and work to create a quilt for each family. They would work on one and finish that one and start someone else's. They would sing songs and talk about the happening in the community and pray. Some used the quilts to hang up against the crack in the clap board houses to keep the cold out. Some to make a mattress for the family to sleep on. They even used them for storytelling, teaching the Bible and yes, even as maps to get to freedom. Now I am trying to learn how to make these quilts so that I might share them with my baby girl and leave a legacy for my family. This book is about a very talented woman named, "Harriet Powers". Harriet was a fantastic quilt maker artist. This book tells her amazing story and I got to do the artwork for. If you are quilter or would like to be one, or just like quilting stories, you are going to love this book. "Sewing Stories " By Barbara Herkert. Illustrated by your's truly. Coming soon! I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Plans I Have For You (Official Trailer)



Good news to share. My first book with Zondervan Kids will be available in August! The wonderful  Amy Parker is the author of this awesome book! You will love it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hope your heart and day is filled with joy!

Sunday, July 12, 2015


One little brown girl asking a question. Why are there hundreds and hundreds of book with little to no brown girls as princesses and queens?? Why are there no books about Brown girls dreaming big? Why are there no books about girls like me going to different places in the world and having an adventure? Why?? Can someone please tell me why?? Okay then, Ms.V Please write some books about brown girls like me. Going places and having an adventure and meeting people on the back of a green elephant named Swasi.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Worry is the misuse of imagination and what we think about we bring about. Keep creative and exciting thoughts up there my friend. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


From here to the moon and back.... Who else in the world could love you like that? Me Much love to you Bella Sinclair

Sunday, June 7, 2015


All children should see themselves in picture books. These are my Latino Babies on display!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015


Little Mama had tenacity. Even without books available to her she founds ways to read the messages that life left for her to find.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Today, I'am thinking about Mother's all over the world. Doesn't matter what color, race, language or village. Mother's are very important and very powerful. It' more than doing the laundry and feeding the child. It' more than the buying of toys and PTA meeting. It's so much more than just those things. It's a mother's heart and what she puts into her children. The Love and the care she shows them. The lessons taught and learned. These things will last forever. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2015


Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day. May it be filled with lots of goodies for Mom!

Monday, March 30, 2015


Distractions will come, but stay focus. It's the only way to meet your goals.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Jamael's Ring Bear. A little story that I am thinking about. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The Book of Negroes has been emotional for me. The characters are stuck in my head. Forever learning.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year, It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Have you weeded the garden of your thoughts? What we think about we bring about.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I love working digitally, but sometimes I just have to go back to traditional paint and collage elements. I have been so stressed recently and I find that when I take the time to pull out my paintbox and collage papers and glue, that it actually relaxes me in a way that nothing else does. What do you do creatively that helps mangage in your life. I'm interested??

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Meet Mia Antoinette. She is a hot mess, but she gets it straight. Mia learns that it's not all about her! Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Hello Blogger Family, It's been a while, but I have taken to blogging again. We will see if it sticks cause I have a pile of work on my desk, but I miss my friends so much. Hope that all of had a wonderful Holiday and Christmas. I have already celebrated the New Year, but for those of you who are waiting..... Well,... Happy New Year to you!!! May it bring your hearts much joy and happiness and lots of creativity energy! I have been doing lots and lots of books and things, but I haven't written and illustrated anything of my own in a long while. I was playing with some China Markers that I purchased and I really had fun doing so. It was nice to put pencil to paper again. I have been working digitally and hardly ever get to do that. I am working out a new style and different approach to my work. I am also working on my writing again. Kinda like a journey to me. Well, I put china marker to paper and this little girl came out. She is Lil V or Vanessa. A version of my 4 year old self. I hope to share stories of my childhood in a humorous way to excite and inspire children. I would love to hear your thoughts if you are willing? Wishing you All a very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014


It's nice to clean your office cause you might find surprises like this one! Have a wonderful day! Peace.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I have a monster. He's a good guy. He has friend and she loves him very much.

Monday, November 24, 2014


I can't go a day without a little music. Music is like air to me. I need it. Hope that you are having a wonderful day? By the way, what are you listening too right now? Just wondering...

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Character development for a new picture book. More to come!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An interview with Deborah Kalb


Hello Everyone! Lots going on here and there. I won the Jane Addams Peace Award and went to NYC to receive the beautiful award. Debbie Levy and I received the award for our book, "We Shall Over Come"published by Disney -Hyperion and Jump At The Sun Press. We had an awesome beautiful day. I also got the pleasure and joy of seeing Ludwigs Bemelmens's Madeline and that was awesome! It's on it's way to Eric Carle Museum. If you are in the area please check it out! It was beautiful.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Friday was a most important day for me and Debbie Levy as we were both presented with the Jane Addams Peace Award for our book "We Shall Over Come", published by Disney-Hyperion and Jump At Sun Press. It was indeed an honor and if you know me, you know I cried. Like a baby. I only wished that my Mother, Father and the rest of my family could have been there. We were hosted so beautifully by the committee and you could literally feel the love in the room. I will never forget their kindness and sweet words to me. Marianne Baker, YOU ARE THE BOMB DIGGITY LADY, thank you Ann, Heather my hostess, Pat and everyone for making the day so very beautiful and special. Tearfully thank you all from the bottom of my heart. A very special thank you to my Sister Coy LaVerne Brantley Curry who wrote my acceptance speech! You are the wind beneath my wings girl. This could not have happened with out your love. Tearfully me. Love you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Peg Legged Piggy #inktober Hey, have a great day everyone! Friday's coming!!