Interview with Artist and Graphic Designer, John Detrich

John Detrich is an artist and graphic designer with a unique style. His fan-loving art has appeared on trading cards, t-shirts, magazines, posters and even tattoos! He is most well-known for his ultra-creative monster hot rod artwork. He also paints realistic and cartoon pet portraits. He’s been featured in magazines such as The Washington Post … Continue reading Interview with Artist and Graphic Designer, John Detrich

SCBWI Mid-Atlantic 2018 Fall Conference Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Day 2

It’s taken me a little while to digest everything that I have learned at the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference. This was my third regional conference and every year I learn so many new things about the children’s book industry, and every year it seems to be just what I need to know. This year was … Continue reading SCBWI Mid-Atlantic 2018 Fall Conference Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Day 2

SCBWI Mid Atlantic Fall Conference – Day 1

Today I attended Day 1 of the Fall Mid Atlantic SCBWI Conference. I had the pleasure of attending an intensive workshop lead by author and illustrator (and so much more!) Pat Cummings. With over 30 children’s book under her belt, she is a wealth of information for those like me who are just starting to … Continue reading SCBWI Mid Atlantic Fall Conference – Day 1

New Online Store!

Just announced - Looking for artwork that's not only different and unique, but positive and affordable?  Check out my new online business: Hawk & Vine Design!  Featuring artwork by me, Patricia Kouttab. Hearts, flowers, butterflies and the occasional skeleton, there's something for everyone. Thank you, fans, for your support!  The link:

Searching for Publishing Options

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve just begun my search for an agent or publisher for my first children’s picture book and I’m feeling pretty discouraged. I’ve only sent queries to three agents and three publishers in the past 2 months. I’ve been extensively researching each company or agent, as I’ve read you’re supposed to … Continue reading Searching for Publishing Options

The Search Begins…

I’ve been wanting to become a children’s book author and illustrator for… well, let’s just say it’s always been in the back of my mind, maybe even subconsciously as a very young person. Now it’s in the front of my mind and has been for the last 3 years.  It’s what I really want to … Continue reading The Search Begins…

Holiday Window Painting

Every year around Christmas I am asked to paint some fun holiday decor on the windows of the restaurant Whitlow's on Wilson in Arlington, Virginia.  Customers who see me painting are so friendly and intrigued. I love when they stop to talk to me! I never really know what I'm going to paint ahead of … Continue reading Holiday Window Painting