curious city

Illustrationland

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Children's Book Illustration, curious city, Illustration, Island Birthday, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library | 2 comments

Today’s rain is a welcome break in the action.  June’s been a swoon of events involving illustration all over the Maine map. Things began with a bang on First Friday with the opening of Cathryn Falwell’s exhibit in the Children’s Room at the Portland Public Library. My show is up next, so I needed to see How It Is Done. Bravo, Cathryn! Besides showing the original illustrations from her latest book, The Nesting Quilt, she also made it real. As well as a big nest for little peeps to play in! From the library, I flew to Pinecone & Chickadee, where I am part of a...

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MECAF follies ’15

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in comics, curious city, drawing, Illustration, Maine College of Art, zines | 0 comments

I inexplicably missed the last couple of Maine Comic Arts Festivals, for shame! But the fog lifting over Portland pulled me right in this year. It’s important to check out the local peeps first. Here is the inimitable Fulton Beal, wacky dad and crazy cartoonist. Former MECA peeps here, Meagan Gibson and Declan McCarthy: Something about Murilo Martins book, I’m A German Shepherd looked familiar. When I found out he was from Brazil, I gave him one of my PDX zines, about the Other Portland. Lo and behold, he was at ICON8, too! Funny how tight the circle of illustration/zines/comics...

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my mountains

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, curious city, travels | 3 comments

I’ve lived on an island for 22 years, yet every autumn when the air turns crisp, my mountains in New Hampshire beckon. Sailing over the Kancamagus Highway last week with my curious partner in creative retreats, Kirsten, we saw sunset clouds tumbling over a ridge in the White Mountains. We arrived at dusk at the Indian Head Resort, where I waitressed one season in high school. The motel my parents owned down the road has changed owners many times since they sold it in 1977.  Yet Indian Head is remarkably the same as I remember it. We checked into a wee cottage with a gas fireplace for...

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making merry

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in curious city, Sketchbook Project | 0 comments

I’m getting back to my Sketchbook Project today. Yes, I really am. I showed this sketch done a month ago to my colleague, Anne Dennison, at Maine College of Art. I’d put her adorable niece into my Sketchbook Project 2013, eating a cookie from Katie Made Bakery. My theme this year is favorite shopfronts around Portland. It gave her the idea to commission me to do a portrait as a gift for her sister.  So I did, in pastel. Kyler is one very, very cute girl; hope I have captured even an ounce of that. Thanks, Anne! It was my last “to do” before beginning the whirl of...

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pop up show at Charlesbridge

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in A Warmer World, Charlesbridge Publishing, curious city, Here Come the Humpbacks, Illustration | 0 comments

In honor of Children’s Book Week, Charlesbridge Publishing had the brilliant idea for a pop-up show in the empty office space two flights below theirs, on Main Street in Watertown, MA. I bopped down with Curious Co-Pilot, Kirsten Cappy, in dotty style. Trivia question: what are we holding? I brought along original sketches and my toy polar bear that provided handy reference for A Warmer World. Some framed pieces were part of an incredibly abundant exhibit of children’s book illustration. I’m thrilled by the company I’m in! Here’s one of Rafael Lopez’s...

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between deadlines

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in curious city, Sketchbook Project | 0 comments

I’m in that delicious place I call “between deadlines” during which I get a teeny bit more sleep, and fill my well. Recently, this meant spending more time in Portland, drinking in the vibe there and being inspired by art and artists. My illustration class enjoyed an engaging visit from Mike Gorman, who previously taught illustration at Maine College of Art. Now he does web design, and maintains a prolific freelance career. He shared his formative years working feverishly for multiple regional papers, as well as the process from preliminary sketches to final art for two...

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