The watercolor artist said that creative outlet allowed her a few minutes to herself without straying far. Her two children now are adults.
"I could get a legal pad, and I would write when they were napping. When I paint, it takes my full concentration," Stone said.
Last year, she published her first book, "They Told Us Something Wonderful Was Coming." She illustrated it with whimsical paintings of bees, flowers and ladybugs.
Stone, a watercolorist for more than 30 years, has work on display at the
Her second book, "The Best You Can Be," will be available next week. It features a little sheep that asks, "What does it mean to be the best you can be?"
She now is working on her third book, due out in December.
"These are children's books, but they're written for any age," Stone said.
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