summer, picture sequel time, & the SCBWI conference

Hi all,
Ahh, school is almost out! I teach 2 classes at Orange County High School of the Arts as well as a class at Golden West College and the stars have aligned so that they both finish next week. Woo Hoo! During the summer I'm teaching an art class to younger kids through the high school's community arts program but that doesn't start for a few weeks. Until then I'm free as a bird to devote myself fully to my art for a little while. Uh oh. That means no excuses:) But really, I'm looking forward to finishing up a new piece I'm working on. It's the sequel to "The Shunning Tree" illustration--the one with the girl with the staff and the tree over her. The drawing for this new one has been completed and sitting on my desk for months I'm sad to say. It's time to get this monkey off my back and get it done. I've started it already and it's going well I think. I hope to pop another one out after that one so I can have a trilogy of pictures from that series.
Toward the end of the summer I'm planning to go to the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Conference in LA. I'm looking forward to redesigning my portfolio and having this new work to feature in it.
Wish me luck!