New Year, New Blog & Website

Happy New year! Welcome to my new Blog and my new website .

2017 was a busy year! Our lovely daughter got married, we vacationed in Bali, bought a new house in Yardley, PA, and my work is being exhibited in a new gallery in Yardley - Touchstone Art Gallery. Between creating new illustrations and developing my new art licensing business, thanks to my wonderful techie hubby Bart Davidoff, who built my new website via squarespace. I've also been inspired by our trip to Bali where I learnt Batik painting and had several of them exhibited here in the States.

Madonna Davidoff at CBIG (Childrens Book Illustrators Group) illustrator Directory

My colored illustration and as a member and 

former officer of CBIG (Childrens Book Illustrators Group) based in New York City,

 I am included in the CBIG Illustration directory. 

Here is my colored Promo page:

It can be viewed at the CBIG ( Childrens Book Illustrators Group) website below:

http://cbig-nyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-CBIG-Directory-Color.pdf

(Madonna Davidoff on page 30)

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Madonna Davidoff artworks at the Brooklyn Central Library Fairy Tales Exhibition 2015


I am one of the 20 artists from CBIG (Childrens Book Illustrators Group)
exhibiting at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library) for the Fairy Tales Exhibition .



The exhibit will be at the Youth Wing of the Brooklyn Central Library from 
June 11- Sept.25, 2015 located at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238.



Here are the two original artworks I created for the show entitled: 

1) Pele,the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire



 Balinese Hansel & Gretel


ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children's Books

Here is the book cover illustration and design I created which will be included at the
ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children's Books at
the Grand Hyatt New York, Manhattan Ballroom
on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 

(Tickets required and may be purchased through the ABFE website) You can buy tickets here: http://www.bookweb.org/aba-bookexpo-america-2015-special-events#bea-abfe.




If you're going to Book Expo this year, please join The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) on May 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel to celebrate children's book art with Judy Blume and leading artists! More than 100 pieces of original art by luminaries such as Rosemary Wells, Jon Agee, LeUyen Pham and Chris Raschka will be auctioned to support the free speech rights of kids. This year ABFE is honoring Judy Blume for her anti-censorship work and is asking artists to create a piece inspired by one of her books

Madonna Davidoff at the New Museum NYC

As a member of the CBIG Childrens' Book Illustrators Group, based in NYC, I will be one of the artists to paint the gallery walls (today, Feb. 16, 2014) in a Collective Participatory Artwork at the New Museum in New York City. This is part of the New Museums's first US Exhibition for Pawel Althamer which features the Artist's Iconic Portraits and Sculpture Workshop.

Cover Image: 
Paweł Althamer, Draftsmen’s Congress, 2010. Exhibition view: 7th Berlin Biennial, 2010.
Courtesy the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin


The exhibition will include a new presentation of the artist’s work, Draftsmen’s Congress, originally presented at the 7th Berlin Biennial.  During the course of the exhibition, the blank white space of the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery will be transformed through the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings by invited Art organizations, including the CBIG.

About the New Museum
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. 
Found­ed in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living art­ists from around the world.  the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002 

Book I Illustrated at the New Jersey ( Mercer County) Public Library System

There's nothing like seeing one of the  books I illustrated featured 
on the shelves of the Children's book area at one of
the branches of the New Jersey Public Library ( Mercer County)


 Today, I had my picture taken behind the book entitled " Momsie's Book"
written by my hubby Bart Davidoff, published by Bali Bliss Press. 


Momsies’ book includes a memoir entitled "Natie and Me"
 originally written and illustrated by Muriel Shutan-Davidoff in which
she describes her childhood adventures growing up in New Haven
in the late 1920's with her
  younger brother Nate. 

Below is the Mercer County Library online Catalog including " Momsie's Book"


" Momsie's Book  is also available at Amazons and Lulu.com

and it is also availabe at the Book Garden bookstore in Frenchtown NJ,
28 Bridge Street Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Here's a picture of myself with " Momsie's Book" at the Book Garden






Madonna Davidoff at Book Expo America 2013

One of my original illustrations will be auctioned off at the 
on  May 29, 2013 from 5:30 -9:30 PM
during the Book Expo America at the Javits Center in New York City 


The proceeds of this auction will support
freedom of speech for everyone in the children’s books industry.

The Book Expo America runs from May 29 - June 1,2013


My illustration and design for the Picture book entitled: 

At Home Around the World
Written and illustrated by Madonna Davidoff



© 2012 Madonna Davidoff

publication date: Sept.2013     published by BaliBliss Press


My Balinese Children's Book: Next project

This is a picture book I wrote and illustrated based on a mythological
little Balinese fairy living in Bali and a girl, named Wardani who found her.

I started this book while living in the Island of Bali, Indonesia.





Whenever I am in Bali, I try to stay in the same town called Ubud
This is the view from the porch in front of my bungalow:





I got the inspiration from one of the sketches of a particular Balinese lantern in
front of my porch which looks like this:


I imagined the little fairy living in this lantern that looks like a small Balinese temple.
The setting for my story started with this image:





Below is the porch where I sometimes wake up just before dawn ( yes--that early!)
 and I start to sketch the Balinese lantern below in the dark :

I love to wake up very early and sketch or write in my journal until
I hear the cock crows.
In Bali, you will always hear them crow when the sun rises.
They are actually music to my ears.

Here you can see one of my sketches while drinking coffee. 






Another illustration of my fairy character living in the lantern house:
More on my Little Girl in Bali story next time--to be continued....



Momsie's Book illustrated by Madonna Davidoff

YOU ARE INVITED TO A BOOK LAUNCHING EVENT:

Event: Children's Book Event & Launching of Momsie's Book 

by the writer/illustrator team of Bart and Madonna Davidoff 

When: April 14, 2013 ( Sunday) from 2:30 -3:30 pm

Where: Mercer County Library System's -Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road Ewing, NJ 08628.                                    



In Honor of the National Library week beginning on April 14th and running through the 20th,  the writer/illustrator team of Bart and Madonna Davidoff will be presenting their children's picture book entitled Momsies’ Book on Sunday, April 14th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mercer County Library System's - Ewing branch. 

Momsies’ book includes a memoir entitled "Natie and Me" written and illustrated by Muriel Shutan-Davidoff in which she describes her childhood adventures growing up in New Haven in the late 1920's with her  younger brother Nate. 

Muriel has been living with Alzheimer's disease for the past 5 years and since she is unable to publish her work, Bart and Madonna decided to make it a part of Muriel's legacy.



During the book launching, Madonna will demonstrate how she created the illustrations and Bart will read passages from the book.  The Davidoff’s will donate a copy of the book to the Ewing library's collection and another copy will be awarded as a door prize.



Advance purchasing of Momsie’s Book may be ordered  online here at Lulu.com


Also available soon at Amazon & Barnes & Noble.

Mural Painting for Yoga Studio

I have been commissioned to paint a mural for my favorite Yoga Studio called  
Firefly Yoga & Wellness in Lawrenceville, NJ.
The mural is located in the entrance of the Studio.

I am really happy about this project because am I creating
 something that is close to my heart which is Yoga and Meditation. 
Also, Firefly Yoga & Wellness is a great place not only to learn Yoga but also
a place for meditation, tai chi, tea ceremony workshops, massage therapy,
crystal and sound healing classes.

Below is the color study for the mural:


I already finished the drawing on the wall which is colored light lavender.


Today, I will start to paint and put textures on the trunk 
and the leaves by using patterned paper ( collage style) and 
overlaying it with paint again.

This is so different from what I normally do (small size children's illustrations)
and I find mural painting challenging and exciting.

I look forward to finishing this soon.
I wish you all a happy day today.


Namaste...

How I Created my Valentine Card 2013


                First, I try to get some inspirations from some of my vintage greeting card collection :



I just love the way these greeting cards look.  I try to imagine the sender and the receiver of these cards, what their relationships were with each other, where do they live? What are their favorite food, what do they wear? What books do they like, etc. My imagination takes me far and different characters start to build up in my mind until finally, I start to draw them. And from there, other images appear until I choose one that I will finally work on.


For my Valentine Card, I chose this vintage card as my source of inspiration:



Step 1. Using the image of the tree I made a rough sketch :




Step 2. I finalize the sketch, ink it and scan it in Photoshop .
I also position the text. Here is the scanned image:



Step 3. I color the line art in photoshop
It's easier to change the color combination and
correct mistakes when you work digitally.

Step 4. I decided to create a collage of hand sewn skirt,
ribbons and laces for the girl's outfit. Here are the hand-sewn skirt
and ribbons I made which I then scanned in the card:


Step 5. Here's the final Version of my Valentine Card .
Now I am ready to submit it to 
OnlineGreeting Card Store
called Madonna Davidoff's Card




Happy Valentine to you all!!

Happy New Year of the Snake!

A greeting card I illustrated for The Year of the Snake 2013:
I just started a new line of greeting card illustration for
The Greeting Card Universe.

The name of my Greeting Card store is
MADONNA DAVIDOFF CARDS
where you can order greeting cards anytime.

It was fun creating this card for the year of the snake 2013.

My Process in creating the Card:
1. I made a pen and ink drawing of the girl and then scanned it using my Wacom tablet (Bamboo)



2. I colored the girl and designed the pattern of her dress digitally.


3. I painted the snake in Photoshop using the paintbrush tool.

4. Finally I chose the text and designed the layout of the card digitally and submitted it to
The Greeting Card Universe. for approval.













Madonna Davidoff Paintings at Robins Egg Gallery


My works are now at Robins Egg Gallery in Lambertville NJ.
I am exhibiting 2 of my paintings which is part of my " Little Girls and Boys " series
depicting children in different surroundings and their daily activities. 

This series is made up of small acrylic canvas paintings, size 8" x 8".
I enjoy making them and my source of inspiration are vintage children's books.





Below are paintings at the gallery:




Holiday Greeting!!

Happy Holidays to Everyone:

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa!!



This is an illustration I did inspired by my daughter growing up in Switzerland
where she learnt how to ski and snow board. 
Below is La Vielle Ville or the Old Town in Fribourg where my daughter was born 
where we used to live in a street called Rue de la Samaritaine: