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"Misfits of Love" {Healing Conversations in the Barnyard}. An illustrated journey through grief with animal and nature as teacher and guide. {Full color, hard cover, 120 pages, off set printing}

An illustrated journey of one woman as she grapples with the death of her father. At her side were the Misfits she had adopted into her small farm's barnyard–a grumpy pig, and old donkey, handicapped goats and one very special elderly goat named Old Man Guinnias.

As she cared or hospiced these creatures, she was able to have her own internal conversations with each–helping her understand their journey better, also that of her father.

A beautiful, quiet book for anyone who has lost a loved one or parent, or who appreciates the healing power of nature and animals.

With over 65 art images/photos, 120 pages printed traditionally by offset with hard cover.

All books are gift wrapped by the artist in her raggedy Apifera style and signed.

Available in hard cover. See spreads, reviews, readings and purchase.


An old bucket works hard his entire life and one day gets a hole in his side. The farmer tosses him into the burn pile. But the Wind helps Bucket and the Moon encourages him to dream of a new life. And he does. With only 60 words in the first few spreads, this quiet story encourages adult and child to slow down and look. We all have purpose even if we have to reinvent our lives. It will leave you loving a little donkey who spends the day helping and sharing, with Bucket.

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This is a book to inspire and engage the reader and urge them to open their eyes and hearts to their own stories - all around them. While Katherine's stage is obviously Apifera Farm, the book will leave people looking at the simple things in their lives that might promote an illustration, piece of art or story - from the food in the fridge to the shoes in the closet. When you finish the book, you'll look at your home and surroundings as a huge library of material - always there to give you fresh stories and things to draw and paint. She also has an exercise that helps express feelings and emotions - art as a cathartic guide, in other words.

Categorized as a 'how-to" book, the author always felt it was more of an inspirational book. There are tips and ideas about the artist's working process, including a brief glimpse as to how she creates layered images with a scanner for her illustration work - but the book is much more about heart, than hand. Teachers have written Katherine detailing how all ages have been inspired by the book. Perfect for the new artist who might need a push to draw, or the artist that feels in a rut. A wonderful gift to for animal and nature lover. Beautifully printed with an enclosed spiral binding so you can lay it flat on a work table.

With 200+ images of her full color illustrations and sketches, and other surprises, it is a great addition to the artist's book shelf, as well as a great gift book. Lots of little surprises too. 144 pages of inspirations, tips for fighting creative block, and places to find subjects for a story.

If you want to draw like Leonardo da Vinci, this book is not for you. If you get mad when someone draws outside the lines, this book probably isn't for you either.

Rest assured that each page is full of Katherine's art and personality. Here is a peek of some spreads.

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