They say the Inuit have a thousand words for snow. Here in Oregon I’ve learned to draw rain in a thousand different ways.
And ducks. See it bigger by clicking on it. Or not.
Here’s a quick painting. When we get down, or depressed we tend to miss things. Sometimes big, interesting things. It’s rainy season here in Oregon. Have to be careful not to get down and miss what’s happening out a different window..so to speak.
I’m fortunate to be taking part in a children’s book illustration show at the Multnomah County Library in December! This is sponsored by The SCBWI an organization I have been a member of since 1932. OK. That’s not true. It was about 1950 I joined…OK, OK not true. But I have been a member since the 20th century. That I can say.
I think there are 11 or 12 illustrators in the show and there is an opening reception where the illustrators fight it out with pencils until there’s only one illustrator left standing. Then we all have tea.
The show looks at the work that goes into making a book. So we will have sketches and development work on display as well as some finished art.
This is more ‘story-booky’ than I usually do. It’s inspired from less a kids book than a short story I was playing around with. But now I really do need to get back to deadline work. So much for letting my creative side run amok. Click on it to make it bigger.
Not a cat, a bear or a lion. He’s just Mr. Rare to you and I.
I was looking around for inspiration (looking through old sketches and paintings) while I was working on a new story and I came across this drawing I did several years ago…probably 8 years ago. My style has come around and I am working more like this again. I think I’ve softened some of the harsher gestural lines, but overall I still really like this one. Click and the interweb will magically make it bigger.
I had some energy to burn and I had been kicking this idea around. It’s part of a story. It’s kind of my version of pre-visialzing or development work. This will probably never be used for anything, but I managed to get it out of my head looking something like I wanted it to.
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Here is a nice collection of Kenneth Patchen’s picture poems I recently discovered. Ore more percisely rediscovered online. I have almost all his books in various printings, and brought this record back with me from my visit to Minnesota. (Yikes! A record – that plays on a record player…so analogue of me) I bought this record in about 1988 and it wasn’t easy to find then. In fact, I think a former teacher of mine helped track it down from a shop in California for me.
You can read more about Kenneth Patchen on Wikipedia of course. He still is one of my favorite ‘new’ poets. From the 1930′s through the 1960′s he left an amazing trail of creativity and concern. From the first time I saw his work I fell in love with the vitality, the immediacy and the heart.
Still going through boxes of stuff that I brought back from my childhood home. And what’s this? Trading cards! I have a box and a half of trading cards from just about everything…shows I never watched. And movies that really shouldn’t have had trading cards. Of course I have a billion Star Wars cards which I need to sell at some point but I also have stuff like in the image below. What was I thinking?
But the Pee-Wee Herman stuff is pretty cool. Still some unopened packs! Very nicely designed stuff in the packs. Stickers and games and cut-outs.
When I got back from my trip I had a book waiting for me from writer AND artist David LaRochelle! What could be better than coming home to a new book?!
Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure is a book with plenty of page turns. It’s a flip book. Or a flap book. More a flip-flop book because it has over 50 illustrations that become something else when you flip the flap. Or flop the flap. Or flap the flap.
It’s an adventure in an art museum where the art has plenty of surprises. The book features only about 50 words, but the art on display plays nicely (and not so nicely!) with the instructions about how to properly appreciate art. My favorite being the triangular sculpture that was inspired by a lawn gnome’s hat!
Track down a copy and share with any kid who is worried that Art is all serious stuff.