Portland Public Library

crossing waters

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Children's Book Illustration, collage, Illustration, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Tiger Boy | 2 comments

Great news! Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins is among the books chosen by Waterbridge Outreach, a non-profit literacy organization dedicated to providing both books and water development to under-served areas around the globe. How cool is that? The original illustration for the book jacket is in the exhibit The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan, in it’s final weeks at the Portland Public Library. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do! Thanks to Fran Houston for this panorama of the show, 20 originals from 7 books, and all involve water. Waters run through much of my work,...

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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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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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Island Birthday party

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Illustration, Island Birthday, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Tilbury House | 3 comments

Thanks to the Friends of the Peaks Island Library, a swell party for Island Birthday took place on Friday at the Community Room, with the whole Peaks Island School in attendance. Woot! I shared a slideshow with some of the back story. One sharp-eyed student noticed that I printed “island” and used cursive for “birthday” in the illustration for the title page. Yes, that’s a real stamp on the envelope, which I placed over my pastel. I showed some of my reference photos, like this one in which my model, Nikolai, is pretending to swim in my yard. And his friend,...

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Bloomin’ books!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Children's Book Illustration, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 1 comment

This is a super duper first: I have 3 new books recently published! They are written by different authors, and have very different stories to tell. BUT, they have a few things in common, besides featuring my work: Each book has lots of blue on the cover, yup! And there is water involved. And the moon plays a part in every story. Here’s a list of bookish events coming up:   June 27 at 10 AM Hello Hello Books  Rockland, Maine Author of ISLAND BIRTHDAY, Eva Murray, and I will have our first book event together. Two islanders’ ferry schedules converge, watch out. Eva will read...

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Osher Map Library: to heaven and back

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Illustration, Maine College of Art, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, travels | 1 comment

When Art History professor Sue Nutty invited Maine College of Art faculty to tour the nearby Osher Map Library, I jumped at the chance. I’ve had a thing for maps, always. They are fascinating documents and lovely to look at. Maps have served many a visual purpose in my work over the years. In a self-promo postcard during my collage phase, I showed how I playfully exercise my skills with deadlines, and on top of the world, to boot. This editorial illustration was for a business article about the European economy. Livin’ large, I guess. When I illustrated Stephanie Pearl McPhee...

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