If you want to make an artist happy, just ask them to paint flowers. It works for me.
December 27, 2015
Artist paints Christmas ship with plywood - that's just what I did. After trying umpteen different methods of painting the water and none were working. This is from my book 'The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington' - I finally tried plywood. And viola! It was just right. I figure this is as a meaningful connection of nature and art. And the pages were the editor's favorite.
December 23, 2015
December 17, 2015
December 14, 2015
December 11, 2015
December 9, 2015
Frosty's all dressed up for the occasion. Let ye olde Holiday cheer ring forth!
I woke up in the dark, thunder and rain this morning to warn the homeless person sleeping in their car on our street to move to a different location to avoid a ticket.
There were dramatic lightning bolts that rent the dark and rain to add to the effect. But when I got there the car was gone. I started out in Seattle living in my car so I have huge sympathy in this season of sheltering the lost and disadvantaged.
December 2, 2015
It was intoxicating painting a book about Fall at the same time Fall was going on in Seattle. I'd walk down the street an feel hopelessly inadequate compared to the handiwork of Mother Nature. Of course Mother Nature wins
Pumpkins are a natural to draw and paint.
It was fun challenge figuring out how to paint all those leaves.
November 29, 2015
November 19, 2015
I was spinning down the hill on my bike when it occurred to me that I should change a color from green to lilac. But the funny thing is when I got back home and tried it, it was exactly what it needed. I like when that happens.
November 17, 2015
One reason I liked this story so much was probably because I wished I could hibernate.
Counting sheep doesn't always work.
Tea with a friend is helpful.
But counting bears is a novel approach. Anytime I have an illustration with bears, sheep and a tea party I'm happy to not be hibernating.
November 15, 2015
November 9, 2015
Hooray for Fall!
November 6, 2015
November 5, 2015
November 3, 2015
Maybe you've listened to me complain how my neighborhood hasn't had a single bookstore in 5 years - even though it's named 'University Village'. Well things are changing... and today there's a new bookstore at last. I can scarcely wait to go in and look around. I even have a children's book that I did with Two Lions - so I wonder if it'll be on the shelves? Wow... having books on shelves... there's a novel concept!
October 30, 2015
With a creak the barn doors open wide.
Scarecrow held up his lantern and cried
This is our night of Jokes and Jitters!
Tonight’s the night to pretend ourselves silly...
Pigs can be pirates and hogs can be frilly!
The washboard started thumping loud.
The owls were hooting and cats meowed.
Bessie the cow got dressed in a gown
with fancy buttons up and down.
October 26, 2015
It's almost Halloween... as seen in this old art file. Halloween is possibly every person's favorite holiday, because we get to reinvent ourselves for a day. I've been reinventing my Mac Pro so now, like Halloween, my computer gets to be something new.
Having installed a new SSD boot drive, a 2 TB HDD and 12 G of memory it feels like something else entirely. I've been re-learning the basics of adding new disks and linking and disk managing. Not too hard to do.
So happily Photoshop & the Creative Suite now have a whole new lease on life. No more waiting 2 minutes for that Indesign file to finally open. Now it's more like 8 seconds to start the program and open the file. That's more like it.
October 24, 2015
October 14, 2015
This was fun - I'd never painted a potato field before this.
I did work on a Maryland tobacco farm once when I lived in Washington D.C.
and in a bull barn and a dairy barn when I lived in Manhattan Kansas...
which was unusual for a city mouse like me.
October 7, 2015
I was pleased with how this piece came out - I managed to keep some of the spontaneity of the sketch in the finished color. It seems like I'm always struggling to choose a line for the finals - but in this one I combined several different solutions - colored line and silhouette shapes and a dash of bright colors. Thanks to my pastel brush for the painting.
September 29, 2015
I guess one of the hazards of being a children's book maker is having to always answer questions from people who you haven't seen in a long while. "Are you still doing that children's book thing?". To which I say Ah... why yes! As a matter of fact that's been my chosen profession for many decades now and I still do, yes thank you very much. The other dreaded question is "What have you published.... lately?" With the emphasis being on the 'lately'. That one can be a bit trickier.
My feeling is like isn't it enough that one has published more than 50 books - but you have to answer to the 'lately' question also?
Usually I just say 'Oh I'm working on some illustrations about a rabbit or a fox' - which applies to a large portion of my working life. But really I mostly squirm at the question. Maybe I need a license plate that says 'CHLDNSBKART' or something. Or a theme Tee shirt to the same effect. But alas, I have neither.
September 22, 2015
Of course keeping the spontaneity of the sketch in the finish is always the challenge.
September 20, 2015
And they told us last Friday that they were going camping this weekend!
They are way smarter than me - they went into business and I.T. instead of drawing bunnies...