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long live lunacy

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, collage, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Luna Press, pastels, Peaks Island, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 3 comments

Have you heard? There will be a full moon on Christmas for the first time since 1977. I’m well versed in lunar cycles, thanks to my contributions to the Lunar Calendar since 1983. Over the years, I’ve had the honor of creating the color cover several times, always a treat. These are a few of the ideas I presented to publisher Nancy F. W. Passmore for the 40th edition. The calendar is a vertical format with a fold, and I like to cross that, if possible. Nancy is fond of the idea of keeping her moon boat afloat, so she picked the bottom left. I was happy to develop the one idea...

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Storybook Waters

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in A Warmer World, Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, Here Come the Humpbacks, Ice Harbor Mittens, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Maine College of Art, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Seven Days of Daisy, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 0 comments

The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan opened last week, with a swell flock of peeps gathering to see my originals from 7 picture books, and hear Eva Murray read Island Birthday. It’s not every day two island girls make a book. We both deal with crossing water; I was delayed leaving Peaks Island because of capacity crowds on the Casco Bay Lines ferry. Eva flew from Matinicus, thanks to clear weather. Smiles abound when serendipity brings us together, in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library....

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Oceans away!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, drawing, Here Come the Humpbacks, Illustration, school visits | 0 comments

Today is World Oceans Day! Now’s a good time to share my recent visit to Portland’s Reiche Elementary School at the invitation of Side x Side, an arts integration program. I felt right at home upon seeing this lively mural: I came to draw ocean creatures with three second grade classes, and talked about using the long horizontal for this illustration in Here Come the Humpbacks! by Caroline Arnold. I brought along my handy humpback toy for reference. This artist made great use of his page area, lower left. Everyone was provided with a line drawing of their chosen creature to look...

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Tiger Boy launch

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, Tiger Boy, travels | 4 comments

I waited years to illustrate Mitali Perkins‘ book, Tiger Boy. How proud I am to celebrate it’s recent publication! We gathered at Newtonville Books yesterday, home of many of Mitali’s book events during her years living in Newton, Massachusetts before moving to California. The retail counter is cool. Mitali talked about the evolution of her story, thanking Charlesbridge editor Yolanda Scott for her steadfast nurturing of the book. The plot, people, and place Mitali created were inspired by her father’s youth, travels and research to the Sunderbans, and her own abiding...

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On the Shelves…

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Silder | 1 comment

John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg will be shared with young readers on July 23, 1 – 2 PM at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. As part of the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading program, Illustrator Jamie Hogan will talk about hero naturalist John Muir and lead a drawing activity. “Hogan’s expressive renderings of the explorer’s face are the highlight of this book…” —School Library Journal...

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sketching natural history

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, Illustration, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Maine College of Art, Sketchbook Project, Tiger Boy, travels | 1 comment

What a thrill when a box of new books lands on your doorstep! Yesterday was Publication Day for John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg, my first book illustrated with colored pencils. Charlesbridge Art Director Whitney Leader-Picone had seen my Sketchbook Project postings, and wanted to mirror the pencil sketching Muir did in wilderness travels. You can read more about that meander here. I’m all for drawing directly from nature. Last week I brought Maine College of Art’s senior illustration majors to the Harvard Musuem of Natural History in Cambridge, MA. With over...

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