A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Carrie Charley Brown and Daughter, Chloe

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Carrie Charley Brown and Her Daughter, Chloe

From Carrie: It’s important to follow projects that speak to your heart. What do you want to write? What do you want to draw? My daughter Chloe started with a gorgeous intricate tree sketch, but her heart led her to craft a different tree, hosting a lone owl and incorporating a new medium. Like a brainstorm, one thing led to another. I love that, don’t you? Listen to your inner voice. Follow your heart.

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From Carrie: When I sat down to soak in the inspiration from Chloe’s chosen art, the process of her revision and the migration to a new image called to me. (Along with the art itself.)Slide1

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Many thanks to Carrie and Chloe for sharing their talents today.

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Meet Chloe:

Chloe is an eleven year-old artist, singer, and actor. She is still exploring all the world has to offer, but seems to come back to art and expression in all that she does.

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Meet Carrie:

Like Chloe, the art of creation spoke to Carrie at a very early age. Whether singing, acting, crafting, or writing, Carrie has always enjoyed expressing herself through the arts and helping others to do the same. She is the founder of ReFoReMo and a professional critique mentor for picture book writers. A full-time writer herself, she assists authors and KidLit organizations with social media marketing and acts as the regional advisor for SCBWI North Texas. When not on the ReFoReMo blog, you can find her posts on Writer’s Rumpus and Carrie On…Together.

Sylvia at Poetry for Children has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

65 thoughts on “A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Carrie Charley Brown and Daughter, Chloe

  1. Hi, Penny, and thank you for sharing in the Poetry Friday fun at my blog. I love how you bring together kids AND adults sharing their words and art in these fun ways! Such a great feature!

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  2. Very nice artwork and fun poem! Carrie, would you pass along to Chloe an idea/personal challenge that a friend, artist Jill Bergman, just completed: draw one hundred trees – one a day! Could be fun!

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  3. Wonderful poem, Carrie and mini-me, Chloe! I love Chloe’s owl–so adorable. Sometimes writing takes us places we did not imagine, when we let it. And thank you, Penny :)!

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  4. I adore this collaboration. I love owls and the tree and owl in the dark of night is lovely. Wonderful haiku, Carrie, also! So much fun to see a picture of the two of you together. Chloe is like your mini-me 🙂

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  5. Love this ls such a lovely collaboration. It is indeed magical to just follow where an idea takes you.When you are brave enough to be open to ending up in a different place than you expected, it is often the most astounding.


    1. Yes, when you think about a lone owl in the dark and someone shining the spotlight on him, this is the look I imagine. I haven’t asked Chloe what she was thinking about when she drew him, but it’s fun to think about it. 🙂

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  6. Chloe’s artwork is inspiring! I love anything about trees. Carrie’s owl haiku is full of sound and silence. Ummm!

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    1. Thanks, Genevieve! He looks stunned, kind of like, “Uh oh. Someone is watching me! If I don’t move, maybe no one will notice.” I love how Chloe can go from deep imaginitive beauty to character-driven art!

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