Le Flâneur: A Modern Day Hippie’s Guidebook to Wandering Around Paris or When you go to Paris – which title do you like best?

When you go to Paris


Le Flâneur: A Modern Day Hippie’s Guidebook to Wandering Around Paris

Le Flâneur

According to Fodor’s Parisian’s have a name for someone who wanders around strolling the city streets with no real destination in mind, Le Flâneur. Now truth be told, I almost always had a destination in mind when I wandered through Paris’ streets, I still spent most of my time mindlessly searching for children’s bookstores and to see as many Monet’s as I could find. But I am truly a hippie at heart I am sure and so I think this name fits best!

Which do you like better???

Also there are two layouts? My original idea when I started is to make it 4.5 x 6 and each painting is its original size one on a page like the layout in When you go to Parisbut that book is an irregular size limiting its ability to be sold in bookstores etc through create space. It actually doesn’t cost that much more to produce but a bit.


The second layout is a standard create space template and I guess I like it ok. More then I thought I would! Le Flaneur: A Modern Day Hippie’s Guidebook to Wandering Around Paris

Both books will have more text and actual lessons in the back that I learned but I just had to see what they look like… I have 94 paintings sketched out 4 to go to meet Monte Dolack’s challenge… but a couple I might redo or remove altogether and there are quite a few I want to paint I haven’t started. I actually took 1500 photos in Paris so I could probably be painting it for the rest of my life!!

Samples coming soon!

I can’t wait to get the samples from create space hopefully I can order them today!

Vote or comment below

Well, I’d love your thoughts! Provided I don’t add to many more pages I think both books would sell between $14.95 and $16.95…

Which one do you like best and what title do you like best? Send me an email or post in the comments!

A Modern Day Hippie’s Guide To Paris

When You Go To Paris

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The 2015 Picture Book Summit


Yesterday I attended Katie DavisPicture Book Summit and was it amazing!


First I want to encourage anyone interested in becoming an author of children’s books to check out Katie’s amazing podcast Brain Burps about Books and then go directly to iTunes and give her a 5 star review! This woman has done more to teach me about publishing my children’s book then anyone in years. She’s funny and full of valuable information and deserves to make new and noteworthy. Actually, what I really care about are other authors like me finding her, I would have missed the amazing Picture Book Summit yesterday if I hadn’t have found her and I just happened to find her when I was googling another podcast. And I have to say I talked to other SCBWI published authors who said they have taken her classes and they were very valuable for them.

OK enough about the amazing fun lovely and intelligent Katie Davis, and yes I did see two people in about 30 seconds propose to her on the chat…


The Picture Book Summit was so full of valuable information it was incredible! And they have a Facebook group we all got to join (yes all 600+ of us probably almost 1000 people) get to continue this journey together. The speakers gave valuable information about how to perfect your craft, how to develop characters,  plot and story for young children, how to make sure your story is ready for submission, and some specifics on working with an illustrator if you just write text.

Peter Brown's My Teacher is A Monster book cover.

Peter Brown’s My Teacher is A Monster book cover.

I can’t say any one presenter was better then another. Starting off with Peter Brown an author I had never heard of but quickly fell in love with after hearing him speak and then googling his website and books of which I promptly ordered 3-4. I mean how could I resist My Teacher is a Monster?


Andrea Davis Pinkney gave an inspiring and very informative talk on writing non-fiction with lots of amazing advice for me who so wants to be a biographer!!! Learning about how she collaborated with her husband as the illustrator and how they run their formal weekly work sessions, how she would develop ideas and capture them on everything from her idea journal she takes everywhere to the bottom of a flip flop when it got left home accidentally one day, and how to create an engaging piece of non-fiction kids won’t label as yucky spinach! I think she would have got a standing ovation if we were in the room with her.

A consistent theme was write a good story. There were lots of pluses and minuses, good and bad, to becoming an author of children’s books in todays age. The ability to connect with an audience on social media and control your own platform and career is better then ever before, but this also meant more work. But the underlying theme was connecting with your readers was fun and nothing to be scared of. Then they taught you how to do just that!!

The agent and editor breaks were very informative as well answering questions  about how to submit, what they are looking for, and how to perfect your manuscript and picture book dummy!

The panelists and speakers were SOOOOO FUN! And willing to be silly and keep the day upbeat and energetic! (and let me tell you it was a long one, but one you didn’t want to miss a second of… on the seat of your pants all day wondering what’s coming that I don’t want to miss cause this is so good!)


And as a side bonus, because I could watch and participate all from the comfort of my living room, I was able to mop my floor, do my dishes, paint a picture of my avatar I’ve been wanting to get done, and create a story board for both my East Glacier Bear story and the Green Queen books!

My story about Levi Bear who wants to go to school gets planned out.

My story about Levi Bear who wants to go to school gets planned out.

AND BEST OF ALL we got a private invitation to submit to the agents and one editor!! My fingers are crossed, but I feel like I’m so ready… we’ll see, could take another 5 years before I get my stuff perfected? IDK.

Anyway I learned a ton about what to do next, so enough computing off to work!!!

If you’d like to see my projects please visit www.jackiebeyer.com or you can support me by buying one of my notecards available on my etsy shop.

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Dreams Do Come True

This is the cover to my book Dreams Do Come True…


It’s one of the first book projects I started. I have been thinking about it a lot lately as I think about creating a new podcast about journaling and art. I love to journal and it seems like everyone I talk to lately is talking about journaling.

Dreams Do Come True is actually a journal that you fill in with the dreams you have for your future. I think it’s nice to see what you were thinking about as a child and then when you are an adult go back and see how many things come true,  how much has changed over the years etc. And maybe keep track while you are on course.

One of my big dreams that I want to come true right now is to get a book published.

This is one of my favorite projects and especially as fires are all around I think this is more important today then ever. The Green Queen is a book about a little girl who points out to people everyday things they can do in their ordinary lives to help create a greener planet.


I just can’t understand people in this day and age who still use a styrofoam cup?!


I have also been visiting a lot of farmer’s markets lately and I love this painting of the farmer’s market the Green Queen visits!

You can see a video of the Green Queen at my Facebook page!

You can also see any of my other projects at my website: http://www.jackiebeyer.com

My best colored pencil tip ever

Is there anything better then a sharp pencil point for getting details? Have you ever struggled to sharpen your colored pencils? Do you put them in a pencil sharpener only to have the point break over and over until you find yourself holding a nib?

Colored pencils usually have softer leads inside of them then a regular school pencil. Especially the good kind or the new watercolor aqua pencils that allow you to paint with water and a brush after coloring.

Well eye liner pencil sharpeners are perfect for sharpening colored pencils. Although they can cost a little more then the dime (dollar) store pencil sharpener I have found them to be worth their weight in gold. I keep one on my art desk, in my backpack, and my travel tool kit.

Try it and let me know if it works for you!

Do you have any tricks that work well for you?


5 reasons why you should be listening to podcasts.


Listening To Chris Farrell On the Solopreneur Hour “You are exactly where you should be right now…” and I’m running through Paris right by La Place du Tertre

1. Podcasts are inspirational.

Listening to stories about other people’s journeys will give you confidence to complete your own goals. As you hear about their challenges, obstacles and downright failures and how they overcame them you will gain faith in your ability to conquer your own fears, climb your own mountains, and reach for your own dreams.


2. There are Podcasts about everything.

Do you like beer, bull riding, to play Magic? Do you want to learn how to sell your first novel, social media marketing or real estate investing? Are you a knitter, gardener, tae kwon do master? Do you want to travel, adopt a baby, lose weight? Want to learn how to farm, work from home, open a retail clothing store? What do you like? I’ll bet there’s a podcast about it out there.

3. Free education.

Podcasting is one of the newest forms of education available and Yes it’s free! There is so much quality information out there you can practically earn an MBA from listening provided you follow the action steps presented and do the work recommended.

4. Podcasting is the ultimate multitasking activity.

You can listen to podcasts while driving, exercising, folding the laundry or doing any mundane task. You might actually find yourself looking forward to your next workout because it means you get to hear the newest episode just downloaded from your favorite host. It’s almost like hanging out with them.

5. Discover friends who have the same interests as you.

Lots of Podcasters have communities that have organically developed over time of fans that share knowledge, tips, successes, etc. Many of these people you end up meeting in person in the future at a conference, concert, or event. Networking has never been easier nor has meeting like minded people from all corners of the world.


Headed to a Conference to Meet my Peeps! Driven over Going-To-The-Sun Road by one of my Favorite Guests!


Glacier National Park




The Green Queen proposal

For two or more years I have been working on my book the Green Queen.


Last year I started a book proposal with help from my mentor. She said go to the bookstores and see where you book would sit on the shelves. What a fun assignment to go around to different bookstores and picture my book for sale. It was the perfect time because it was just a couple of weeks before earth day. I looked at several bookstores in New York City itself. Almost all of them had a special display just for Earth Day. I thought the Green Queen would fit right in. IMG_1237IMG_1238

I’m still not exactly sure where it would go during the regular year. I think it would just be filed under my last name with the other picture books.


The Green Queen is a story about a little girl like Albert in the movie Bogus who knows the difference between caring for the environment and has an internal compass that directs him to inform others of their decisions. He calls Whoopie Goldberg a “Polluter” when she offers him a styrofoam cup. I think kids get recylcing and caring for the planet easier then adults do.



You can see other paintings for this project at www.jackiebeyer.com

What’s your favorite thing to do to care for the planet?

The biggest little difference for watercolor painting.


I was amazed at how much easier this spray bottle has made my water color painting. I used to use a big old spray bottle that was always hard to adjust from stream to spray and just was too big. This little bottle I picked up when traveling once has been AWESOME! I just love it, it gets my paints nice and wet, doesn’t fall over on my desk all the time, and works perfect!

It’s the little things right?!

Are there any tricks you’d like to share that seem tiny but make such a big difference?

Silver Tip Grizzly


My husband and I saw a silver tip grizzly the other day. I didn’t get a picture so the next morning I made this quick sketch in m journal. I think one of my greatest strengths as an artist is being able to capture a moment after it has passed. I have taken my time getting there, but I am able to remember a lot of strong memories and details from images I capture with colored pencils. As a matter of fact, I created my first children’s book mockup when my husband and I were talking about a family vacation highlight he didn’t remember, which was so unusual because it’s me that typically forgets everything. That’s why I keep a journal!


Do you have any secrets for remembering details or capturing moments when your camera is unavailable?



Paintings From the Peace Garden

peace garden

One of my favorite holidays of the year is coming up. It’s the international day of peace on September 21st. Jeremy Gilley worked hard to get this day officially created so we celebrate it the same every year and it includes a universal cease fire clause because of him. To learn about Jeremy’s journey  you can go to his website. I’ve probably watched the movie 2 dozen times at least.

garden rocker

This year something special is happening for Peace Day this weekend. It’s called the People’s Climate March.

I wish I could be there.


Although these aren’t new, I have spent a lot of time in the peace garden this summer. Mike had the peace sign built for me for my graduation back in 2003! I love hanging out down here. It’s been absolutely beautiful this summer, but I am quite glad it is fall even though almost everything froze the other night. Feeling so blessed today, I live in the most beautiful place in the world. Hey did I mention we saw a grizzly bear last night? I’ve heard the bears are out.  Always an adventure around hear.

  deer in garden