A Porcupine’s Promenade

Take something like a star

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in A Porcupine's Promenade, Children's Book Illustration, Illustration, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Stage Company, Tilbury House | 2 comments

I have stars on my mind. It never fails that I am working out of season when illustrating a picture book. Last July I was feverishly drawing deep snow for A Porcupine’s Promenade.  As the ice forms outside, I am drawing a summer day at the beach for Ana and the Sea Star (for Tilbury House, coincidentally located on Starr Street in Thomaston, Maine) When we decorated our tree, I noticed how many star ornaments we have. This one, from former island neighbors Deb Deatrick and Scott Vile, is a joy to rediscover every year. The letterpress poem by Robert Frost always shines a light on...

Read More

A bristling book birthday

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in A Porcupine's Promenade, Children's Book Illustration, drawing, Illustration, pastels | 2 comments

A Porcupine’s Promenade by Lyn Smith has been getting about! My neighbor sent a photo of the book spotted at the Common Ground Fair, at the Maine Authors Publishing booth last weekend. I had the honor of joining Lyn at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library on Sunday as guests of their Pasco Lecture Series. I have a fond spot for the Graves Library, where I gave my first library presentation with Mitali Perkins years ago. Library Director Mary-Lou Boucouvalas gave us such warm introductions! She’s a passionate advocate for book creators, and I’m proud to know her. Lyn Smith...

Read More