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Full moon soon

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Drawing, Illustration, Luna Press, Pastels | 1 comment

Calling all lunatics! This Sunday will be the last full moon of 2017. I know this because of my handy dandy Lunar Calendar, to which I have contributed since 1983 at the invitation of Nancy. F. W. Passmore, editor of the Luna Press. I worked on the cover of the 2018 edition during my trip to Ireland in May. Well, I did a quick sketch anyway. From the cottage where we stayed in Dunquin, I saw a distant island. Everywhere we went, it was there, like a body floating. It’s called Inis Tuaisceart and I couldn’t get it out of my head.¬† Plus, there are goddess faces in unlikely places....

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Fresh Eyes in Luna Land

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Illustration, Luna Press, Travels | 1 comment

Nancy F. W. Passmore is the venerable editor of Luna Press, which has published it’s 41st annual edition of the Lunar Calendar: Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises. I sketched her after our recent visit in Boston, which I will always consider Luna Land. I’m honored when it’s my good fortune to do the cover! These are some of this year’s sketches, done in June. In this rough idea, I have referenced my goddess figure sculpted by Peg Astarita. I tried a collage approach. This mosaic of blues was inspired by the work of Paul Klee. How about simplicity? This is...

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long live lunacy

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Book: Island Birthday, Book: John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Book: Tiger Boy, Children's Book Illustration, Collage, Illustration, Luna Press, Pastels, Peaks Island, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Publisher: 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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Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Illustration, Luna Press, Pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Stage Company | 1 comment

Whenever a moon can make it’s way into an illustration project, I’m happy. And I am over the moon to be working with Portland Stage on their 2015/16 season. In frigid January, I began illustrating all the posters, starting with the season opener, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. I played my wee stash of Irish music while sketching, to help me capture the energy and spirit of the five Mundy sisters. These are a few of my preliminary sketches. The above design was chosen. I also visited a moonrise on the backshore, adding to my inspiration. Moon cycles are well observed in this...

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collecting moons

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Luna Press, Maine College of Art, Pastels | 1 comment

October is my month, and it’s filled to the brim with everything right now. Today’s full moon coincides with the preview opening of Collect at Maine College of Art, their fall art sale that supports both scholarships for students and the artists participating. I’ve included Seven Moon Sonata just for this auspicious occasion: I also have two pastels done during a residency at MECA’s Pace House, Flea Island and The Pace Barn. While retrieving the original art for Collect, I visited the Jamie Wyeth show in Boston as a guest of Luna Press publisher, Nancy F. W. Passmore,...

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tiger tales and moon shadows

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Luna Press, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing | 3 comments

Hear me roar: I’ve illustrated another book by Mitali Perkins, author of Rickshaw Girl, which made the New York Public Library’s list 100 Great Books/ 100 Years. Did the small spot, above, from that book perhaps foreshadow her latest story, Tiger Boy? My mind’s been in the mangrove forests of India for months, dreaming and drawing tigers. The cover illustration took as many turns as the story does. I began with very sketchy thumbnails to show Charlesbridge art director Diane Earley. Villagers¬† living at the edge of a tiger sanctuary wear masks on the back of their heads to...

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