Saturday, December 13

Seattle's Black Dog Forge


It was the holiday sale at Seattle's Black Dog Forge (where my sister-in-law Mary is a blacksmith).


It gets hotter the further inside you go...


Mossy-babies in abundance - require misting.


Tatts, piercings and gnarly beards & styling everywhere.


One of the smithys at work.


Busy with holiday shoppers!

Thursday, December 11

Hollywood... pinch me!


What's John been doing?  A lot! 

If you said John has been shooting photos for a Hollywood movie poster, signing a new book contract, drawing pictures for a magazine spread, getting to know a new children's book agent and shoveling snow... you'd only be wrong about the snow. I over-exaggerated about the snow. Whew!

The photo is from last night's photo shoot. I didn't realize one could actually have a Hollywood photo shoot from a bicycle with a basket in the dark, but I guess you can. I wore my beret instead of my helmet since I'm an artist.

I quite enjoy the panache of dropping the name 'Hollywood' into a sentence.... it adds glamour.  Pinch me... did that all really happen?

Monday, December 8

Studio Guests...


I have this new ladder and lamp... and now they both seem to be indispensable.  Once I had a new bicycle that I liked keeping in my studio... but a ladder?  I like how it 'clicks' and has big buttons.  The lamp is great too - nothing like a new cast of light.

Tuesday, December 2

Sunday, November 30

Accidental book sighting - it must be christmas!


I went to Ace Hardware in Seattle (City People's ) to buy a plumbing part for my sink... but was delighted and surprised to see that they had a dozen copies of my book 'The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington' on the shelf. I like it when that happens in the middle of plumbing repair. 


I had to go back and take a picture, a lovely pile of my books in the Ace Hardware - albeit in the gift department. A few years ago the book was in Metropolitan Market - it was so much fun when I was there I ran into Mrs. Harlan, one of our kindergarten teachers, and I got to show her my pile of books. Usually the dairy case isn't that much fun.

Wednesday, November 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some Thanksgiving colors... cranberry sauce a bubbling. I'm thankful I have so many online friends, old and new.

Wednesday, November 19

A boy and his dog...


Snowy day, at least in the studio... otherwise just plain COLD! It's fun using every sort of feathery brush to paint snow.

Thursday, November 13

Only the very best furry guests...


A bubbly woodland party brings out only the very best furry guests. From an upcoming book that I had a wonderful time painting.

Wednesday, November 12

The season of the magnetic cat ...


The season of the magnetic cat has arrived - with the cat being firmly attached to the heat vent. Brrrrrr!

Friday, November 7

And just like magic...

In this day and age a little photoshop magic is always a handy thing to have. But the charm of the pencil remains - that's the main thing.  And just like magic, the full moon in Taurus seems to have been the just right thing for this old illustrator.

Monday, November 3

The rainy day studio...


The rainy day studio - no shortage of rainy days around here lately. In fact I'd venture the best word to describe of this Fall might be 'sodden'. Good weather for escaping to work.