Sunday, April 4, 2010


I finally did it! After lots of encouragement and advice from some amazing friends and illustrators that I greatly admire, I decided to be brave, get "out there", and enter the blogging world myself.

My name is Suzanne Del Rizzo, and the mommy to 4 great kiddies. What can I say, my kids are my life, it's amazing how four little sticky-fingered little people can make life feels so much more "full" and now I can't imagine how life was like before they came along:)

Pre-kids, I used to work in a cancer research laboratory. But when I became a mommy my perspective on life changed, and I realized that even though I do have a passion for science, my passion for art and connecting with children was greater. I have decided to follow my dream, leave the science behind, and be an artist and hopefully(fingers crossed) one day become a Children's Book illustrator.

I love all mediums, especially watercolour and acrylic, but lately I have been totally smitten with plasticine, polymer clay, anything that I can squish and mold. I am a very tactile person, as are my kiddies, so the Playdoh gets cracked out in our house almost on a daily basis:)

I decided to try my hand at plasticine illustration after becoming inspired by the amazing plasticine illustrations of Barbara Reid. Her fabulous books really resonate with me and my children and anything that makes them want to read and turn the page is golden.

Pheewww, this is a big leap, but with the support and advice from the few illustrators I have found within the online community of Children's Book illustrators, I am going to GO FOR IT!! It is for this reason I have decided to start this blog. It will chronicle my journey, and hopefully provide a fun outlet for me when all the kids are running in circles around me.

I hope to post some works in progress and completed artwork, and would absolutely be thrilled to bits if any illustrators out there would like to share with me share their thoughts and critiques. Many thanks to Roz Fulcher, for her great advice and encouragement, and to Rachelle Anne Miller for taking the time(with a little one too) for the support and feedback.

Let me know what you think of my blog background. I had a blast, and got a little carried away with all of the funky digital papers out there to chose from- heehee. My header was created using a favorite plasticine illustration I did of the view from my Aunt Sharon's dock in Muskoka. I hope to change it periodically to share new illustrations.

Happy Easter to get that turkey prepped and in the oven...



roz said...

Welcome to Blogville, Suzanne! It looks great and I'm looking forward to reading what you are up to and viewing your lovely art! YAY!

anncrabbe said...

It looks fantastic dear, keep up the great work.
Love Mom

Suzanne Del Rizzo said...

Hi Roz,
Thanks for the welcome!! This is going to be such fun!

Suzanne Del Rizzo said...

Hey Mom,
Thanks for the support, and the all of the technical advice. You're the best!
hugs Suz

judy ferguson said...

Hey Suzanne
You probably don't remember me, but I'm a friend of your parents from waaaay back!
Had a nice time of catching up with your Mom last week. Then she sent me your blog.
Your art work is amazing. I am fascinated.
All the best...Judy Ferguson

Ann Gray said...

Suzanne.... awesome!!!!! Your Mom was a great resource for me as well for many years! I wish you success... I have no worries that you will be successful since your passion is evident. Can't wait to see more!

Tara Harrison said...

Suzanne - heard about your blog over the Easter turkey and am very impressed with what is the most creative, passionate project I have seen in a long time.

We will never look at our playdo the same way again!

Good luck - Tara Harrison

Kathy said...

Hi Suzanne
Your mom sent me your blog too! Congrats on making the big step and 'getting out there"! Your very talented and I'm sure we'll be seeing your illustrations in children's books very soon!! Best of luck and I'll be following your blog too!

Gisele said...

Best of luck with your venture Suzanne. I've always admired your work and expect you will be very successful...and BUSY!


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