Friday, May 16, 2014


The Kickstarter campaign for The Worry Tree is Waiting children's book exceeded it's funding goal by 20%!  172 backers produced $6,624.00!  Many friends, family and colleagues pledged but so did many more strangers from within the U.S. and abroad, which tells us that people all over the world can appreciate this kind of story.

I will begin working on the remaining paintings this weekend and will have them to the book designer sometime in June.  She'll create the layout and send that file to the local printer.  The plan is to have the books ready for distribution in September.

What a journey so far.  Now, off to organize my studio and get these paintings done.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Less Than Four Hours To Go!

We are down to just a few hours for The Worry Tree is Waiting campaign!  It's so very exciting and surreal.  Sitting at home alone this evening and imagining just how far this book can go.  Lots to celebrate but still lots to do before the book is complete.  I'll be spending the next two months working on the final paintings.  And mulling over plans to move the book forward after this inaugural printing.

In the meantime, thank you for believing in it, too.  The Worry Tree is Waiting for you.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dancing, anyone?

Today's pages represent some fun dancing on a hillside.  Imagine your own music selection and combine it with a warm, sunny afternoon in an open field surrounded by your favorite trees, a light breeze, blue sky, rainbow, butterflies and friends.  Letting go of worries....
p. 13 The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott

p. 14 The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott

 I'm doubling up and including the next two-page spread because we are running out of time.  Tomorrow I'll post the final pages.  As a side note, these remaining pages have some very minor tweaks before the final paintings are done.

p. 15 The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott

p. 16 The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Two More Pages to View and only 52 Hours Left to the Campaign

Please enjoy reading/viewing pp 11-12 of The Worry Tree is Waiting.  Our first stretch goal was reached today, over $6000 raised!  Now we can produce an audio book.  With just a little over two days left, we are pushing to reach our second and final stretch goal of $7500.  With that goal met, we can create a website for the book.  That's how much we believe in this project....we see it as a classic with an enduring future with a broad audience.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PP 7 - 8 Ready for Viewing

Here are today's images from The Worry Tree is Waiting....

p. 7 of The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott

p. 8 of The Worry Tree is Waiting ©2014 Sandy McDermott
It feels great to have reached this point of success with the Kickstarter campaignOnly four days left though.
Almost all of the art is for sale as part of our various pledges. We are confident this book will go big beyond the Kickstarter campaign so now is your chance to purchase an original children's book illustration that will one day become a classic. I've attached one of the works, the book "logo", for your viewing pleasure. This one is available at the $250 pledge. It's only one of original watercolor by yours truly. Included in that pledge is some great swag and of course the book, too. Don't delay...ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT!

The Worry Tree is Waiting logo, 8 x 8", watercolor on Arches paper ©2014 Sandy McDermott