Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

Postcards from the Rock

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Book: Tiger Boy, Curious City, Drawing, Illustration, Illustration Institute, Maine College of Art, Peaks Island, Portland Stage Company, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Publisher: Tilbury House | 1 comment

I have always been a snail mailer. Even when I was growing up at the Red Doors Motel, I cultivated pen pals. Creating post card promotions as an illustrator is one occupational hazard that I enjoy. These are just a handful from many years of mailing out samples. Here’s the scoop behind my most recent postcard, Summer in the Slow Lane. I’ve always hankered for little campers and the time to take road trips. I made a sketch on the ferry one day based on a photo I took a few years ago on the way to Stonington, Maine. Kirsten Cappy happily modeled inside this camper we spied for sale...

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Ocean Park

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Book: Here Come the Humpbacks, Children's Book Illustration, Drawing, Illustration, Pastels, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Travels | 5 comments

I first visited Ocean Park in 2013 and delighted in the warm community there. Last week I returned to meet new friends and share a bit of my world and working methods. I spoke in Jordan Hall, and was surprised when Daisy, my daughter who inspires much of my work, showed up with her friend Jonathan, who has spent many fond summers at Ocean Park. I included this series of photos to show my process of creating a single illustration for Here Come the Humpbacks! by April Pulley Sayre. First I sketch into the layout provided by the publisher’s designer, in this case Martha Sikkema of...

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Story & Craft

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Book: Here Come the Humpbacks, Book: Porcupine's Promenade, Book: Seven Days of Daisy, Children's Book Illustration, Drawing, Illustration, Illustration Institute, Peaks Island, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, School Visits | 1 comment

This summer my cup runneth over with kidlit elixirs. I was pleased as punch to share in one of Pat Crowley Rockwell’s Story and Craft adventures at the Peaks Island library. She is an esteemed educator, the Assistant Principal at King Middle School, and a passionate advocate of children’s books and reading to kids. She featured A Porcupine’s Promenade by Lyn Smith, how could I not join in? After she read the story, I shared my little pencil dummy and showed one of the original drawings. Kids like to touch the rough sanded paper I use for my pastels. Plus, Pat’s...

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Book: John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Children's Book Illustration, Drawing, Illustration, Maine College of Art, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing | 3 comments

What an honor to be included in the 2016 Biennial Faculty Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art! The catalog’s cover (designed by Nicole Holmes ’14) is a detail from Treppenhaus, an oil painting by Hilary Irons. Guest Curator Sage Lewis writes “Artists have a deep and often private relationship with their subject matter before it becomes public. It develops and changes over time as life experience, research, and inspiration comingle with the handling of materials, the recording of images, and the reading of texts. As I was selecting work...

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Book Makers Meet Up

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Book: Here Come the Humpbacks, Children's Book Illustration, Drawing, Illustration, Pastels, Peaks Island, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing | 2 comments

Here Comes April! Yes, the award-winning author of Here Come the Humpbacks! came east from Indiana, and migrated to my shore last week. What a pleasure to meet April Pulley Sayre for the first time. April’s always on the search for natural wonders and wanted to explore tide pools. I brought her to the best spot at low tide, Picnic Point, where she didn’t waste any time getting her feet wet. I perched nearby, sketching Whitehead Passage. She caught me in a pano shot. We watched a tanker emerge from the distant mist. The steady tanker flow into Portland harbor became ready...

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Wonders at the Weymouth Waterfront Library

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Book: Here Come the Humpbacks, Drawing, Illustration, Maine College of Art, Pastels, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Travels | 1 comment

Last Tuesday I visited the Weymouth Waterfront Library on the last day of my MECA residency. What a blast! The library sits, literally, at the edge of a salt marsh on the Sissiboo River in Nova Scotia. I visited the day after my arrival to meet their gracious library clerk, Margaret Thibault, who invited me to share my children’s book illustration with two grades in Azure Thurber’s French Immersion classes from the nearby Weymouth Consolidated School. I made a quick flyer from my pastel of the view from the Jenny Family Compound. It was a kick to find that Margaret had posted it...

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