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Christina Siravo's Whimsical Art

Jul 23, 2011

Downy Woodpecker

Posted by Kimmy Sophia Brown

As the song goes, I was strolling through the park one day,in the merry month of May, (or maybe it was June) visiting the Portland, Maine Farmer’s Market.  As I gathered my weekly greens and leeks, I came upon a young lady selling her art. A display of earrings caught my eye – half-dollar-sized discs with pairs of chickadees, downy woodpeckers, goldfinches and others. Her depictions reminded me of Beatrix Potter’s work -- real-looking and yet like storybook illustrations at the same time. I had to have the goldfinches and put them on immediately (of course, I bought them first!) and went on to receive numerous compliments on them whenever I wore them. Later I felt inspired to give the goldfinches to a healer that my husband and I visited. Another Saturday I went back and got the downy woodpeckers.

Christina has beendrawing and creating whimsical worlds and characters since she was a little kid -and now enjoys working with children to create their own whimsical worlds through comics. This summer she is teaching cartooning at Waynflete Summertime Arts Camp for elementary school children, here in Portland, Maine.

Sushi CatCurrently, Christina is an illustrator specializing in worksfor children's books, giftware and comics. Christina earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Maine College of Arts in 2005 and since then has been published internationally with Re-Ment miniatures, Threadless.com, and is illustrating books for an independent publisher in New York. Her work has also appeared in Peppermint Magazine in Australia.

Christina SiravoChristina haswritten and illustrated a comic book adaptation of Little Red Riding hood, and has illustrated several other books for other authors, including "An Orphan's Promise", "Anything's Possible", and "Where We Live", just to name a few.

You can find out more about Christine’s art on her website, http://www.bluebirdiesinger.etsy.com/

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