Kathleen Rietz at the Doodle Diner!


Hi everyone! I am Kathleen Rietz and Have been a part of this group since the beginning, but I have spent a large majority of the past year illustrating children’s books and traveling. I am finally posting for the first time at the Doodle Diner! Yay!

Detail from "Little Black Ant on Part Street".

1.If you could only use one colour to draw or paint with forever and ever, which colour would you use?

Dark Sepia

2.What do you most often draw when on the phone?

I doodle faces mostly…sometimes circles and boxes when I am trying to organize my thoughts.

3.Your studio is…

Full of brushes, pencils, paints, inks, paper, drawings and paintings, and all other things “art” from over the past 40 years.

4.Other than your personal style what illustration style are you drawn to and would you ever consider trying it?

A year ago, while working on 2 children’s books simultaneously, I began drawing simple still lifes. Putting in hours of drawing for children, I felt I needed “adult conversation”, sort of like mothers of young children need. For me that meant rediscovering my roots in fine art in its most simplistic medium – graphite. I stole hours from sleep to pursue my new passion for art, working on the children’s book illustrations during the day and my fine art in the middle of the night. This past September I entered my first fine arts show. I sold 5 drawings that weekend. I am now looking forward to my second fine art show this December.

5.What forms of marketing your work do you employ?

In the past, I have sent out postcards, though I have not had much success with them. Using my blogs, children’s illustration showcase sites, my website, and Facebook has brought me the most attention and ultimately the most projects.

6.Do you have an agent…if not would you like to work with one?

I had an agent for about 6 months and it was not a positive experience for me. I am still open to finding an agent. It takes time to find the right fit.

7.What is the first thing you remember drawing?

Twin girls jumping rope.

8.Do you have a favorite memory from an art class?

I won an award in a statewide traveling art show in high school, and there was a write-up about me in the paper. I still have the drawing. It was a Star Wars scene rendered in graphite.

9.When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order?

A warm slice of blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee, black.

10.Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art?

My Mom encouraged my love of art, nature, exploration and discovery. She will always be with me in spirit, and I dedicated my latest book, “Little Black Ant on Park Street” to her memory.


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5 Responses to “Kathleen Rietz at the Doodle Diner!”

  1. Roberta Baird Says:

    Incredible detail Kate! This is gorgeous!

  2. princesstomato Says:

    no wonder the paintings consumed all of your sleep! 🙂

  3. sketched out Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Kate!

    Enjoyed reading all your answers too. We share pretty much the same exact phone doodle habit.

  4. Kathleen Rietz Says:

    Thanks everyone!

  5. valgalart Says:

    wonderful interview and sweet about your Mom 🙂

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