October 13, 2021

Lost in the Paint - painting islands in the sound

 I thought this painting was done 6 weeks ago… but it kept nagging at me to change something.


After all the time spent waiting, I finally figured out how to finish this painting I’d been living with. For me it was fascinating to have to wait - to figure it out - as I lived with the half-done painting… waiting to try to discover what it needed.

And I’m happy with how it came out. So now I’ve got a half dozen of these Puget Sound Islands in the Woods paintings… time for a show or something! Lol!









August 20, 2021

My summer hobby - boatwatching


My summer pastime has been ‘boat watching’. This unique hobby is easily done at my summer hangout… the Montlake Cut, where boats from Lake Union pass through to Lake Washington. Rarely a boring moment as every sort of boaty vehicle passes through…

Motorized surfboards (that ride above the water so fast they have to wear helmets)

Floating boat airplanes that glide through the cut while floating

Kayaks

Canoes

Giant yachts

Paddle wheelers

Small yachts

Sailboats (which get to have the Montlake Bridge open up for them)

And college beer boats - where summer sport is to toss the beer cans into the water for swimmers to retrieve.








May 25, 2021

Summertime Fun... at last!

 This was a fun summer project - with illustrations of lots of summer activities.



June 9, 2020

Black Schools Matter!

Black lives matter! And so do black schools.

The way to begin healing America begins with sharing in school. As a book maker I try to do my part by making books that make life better.

January 8, 2020

Books that show up out of nowhere... what joy!


Don’t I just love it when a story shows up out of nowhere, and it appears  without hardly trying... and you like it more even after it’s all done. 

That’s the ideal when that happens, because at that point it all rings true and it’s like it was written for me by someone else and was meant to be. 

Happens so rarely... 

And of course then there’s the illustrations - but that’s always the easy part for me compared to finding a story that might work - thousands of pictures might appear too.

February 10, 2019

The tools I use in making a book ...



I have a tendency to zip through picture-book making software the way raccoons go through a picnic table in summertime.

The magic of rewriting a PB story is that for me adding pictures makes me rethink everything. It’s like the first bare words are only a beginning, just there to be rewritten.

My list of all the tools I use in making a book would be:

Imagination
Pencil
Paper
Evernote
MacPro
Cintiq
Word
Indesign
Photoshop
Acrobat
PDFs
Mail
Frustration
Persistence

October 31, 2018

September 26, 2018

Voter Registration Day - Every Vote Counts


This was a scene I remembered from the Women's March - waiting on the light rail train to leave - with a little girl wearing a homemade pink hat, standing with her sign. Out the window there was a huge poster of Martin Luther King. The girl held her own homemade poster message - which all added up to a scene I had to draw.


September 1, 2018

Optimism is the antidote to anxiety...


Optimism is the antidote to anxiety... so why not smile?

I'm afraid most of my social media posting has migrated to Instagram - it's just a lot easier to post things on Instagram than Blogger, which takes about 6 times as much clicking.

https://www.instagram.com/johnnezartist/

So I've fallen a bit behind.