Elizabeth Armstrong Hall
Writer & Writing Coach for Kids & Teens
Why I Draw
I started learning how to draw about seven years ago after I found my perfect teacher, Bristow, Virginia artist Michele Frantz.
Why do I draw? As a writer, I find that drawing helps me think -- and write -- visually. Since I'm still in the learning mode, I prefer colored pencils.
I drew this strawberry pie for a Power Point-based paper I presented on "Strawberry Pie and Community Memory" at the 2006 National Popular Culture Association conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Using Image Tricks software, I experimented with the palette (saturation, tone and contrast) to create a range of pie "moods."
"How Dogs Talk: The Scoop from an Expert"
, April 2012
Author Alexandra Horowitz (
Inside of a Dog"
) explains how dogs communicate with people and other dogs.
"My Mother, The Spy"
, November-December 2011
The story of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow through the eyes of her daughter, "Little Rose"
"At Large: A Giant Beaver is on the Loose in Great Britain"
, April 2010
A 95-pound beaver escapes from a beaver sanctuary in Devon, U.K. and eludes his would-be captors
"The Giant in the Forest"
Highlights for Children
, September 2009
The making of the "Giant's Head" at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, U.K.
"When Fido Has to Fly"
, November 23, 2008
How two Airedales flew from Chicago to London without a hitch
"An American Driver on British Roads"
Christian Science Monitor
, November 7, 2008
By the time I mastered the roundabouts, it was time to return to the U.S.
The Great American Medicine Show
Prentice-Hall Press, 1991
(c)1991 by Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong and David Armstrong.
An illustrated history of American health reformers and crusaders
The Breakfast Book
Chronicle Books, 1979
(c)1979 by Elizabeth Metzger
Morning munchies in 1970s-era California and eastern Nevada
Gentle Giant (colored pencil and pastel)
The past haunts the present. What's the message here?
Original Pie Sketch