I have been using watercolors lately and I really love them. They are so different from my usual paints, which are all building and layers and varnishes. Silk chiffon vs. wool.
I was wishing for something a bit lighter & airier to work on a few different things I've got percolating. One thing I'm using them for is to make pictures for a new story I'm writing (like the one above).
This will soon be a black mushroom cavern, all inky and dark, but I liked it white & bright as it is, too.
I'm in the midst of lots of behind-the-scenes work right now. Lots of it is bookish: I'm writing of an expanded novel from a favorite fairy tale, making sketches for my next picture book, but my mind and sketchbook are also filling up with a few series of new pictures.
I will, of course, share dispatches! Happy Spring!
Any excuse to feature some of my favorite oldie superlatives. I've been excited to post these, and since many people's Valentines live far & wide (lots of mine included), I figured I really better do it.
The sheet is sized just a smidge smaller than standard 8.5"x11" paper, so they should be easy to print without fear of cropping, etc. (I'd recommend printing on any card stock your printer can easily handle.)
And of course, these are given for personal use only and cannot be sold or used in any way for commercial or nefarious purposes.
Since I remembered I gave a little peek of Dream Animals, I wanted to share a peek at some of the small people who populate my next picture book, Day Dreamers (the sunny companion to our nighttime dream book.) It will be out this Fall from the excellent Random House Kids!
The book is full of magical beasts and the imaginings of little dreamers, and I can't wait to share more as we get closer to the release...
Julie, who runs Seven Imp, has a wonderful & voracious eye and writes really smart, thoughtful posts that emphasize art and illustration. The fact that it is reliably an art-party over there (and her thoughtful & thorough way of approaching illustrated books) makes it probably my favorite picture book place online. Besides, it's one of the only places I've ever come across a write-up on the work of my favorite Japanese illustrator, Komako Sakai.
If you hop over there, I can't be responsible for the rabbit hole you'll almost undoubtably fall down! There's so much to read & so much to see.
(Painting R) Why the Sea is Salt 11"x14" Acrylic on wood
At the end of this last weekend, The Deep Green Sea came down. I took a few pictures when we visited a little bit back one afternoon with some out-of-town friends, and I kept meaning to post them. It gives you at least a little bit of an idea of what the show was like up on the walls.
I also realized there were still kind of a lot of images I still hadn't posted here (including the title painting) so those are mixed in here.
Soon lots of the images will be in the shop as prints (of course!) and there will be a postcard set, etc.
I already miss the company of all these mermaids & sea monsters!
There are still more Sea paintings to share, so I'm going to be posting them up 'til the show closes (on November 3.) I think I can show you everything by then!
This squidly monster is a companion piece to the whale in Leviathan Below and they hang together in the gallery right now. I have some photos for a little tour of how it all looks up in the space - I'll post that soon as well!
There are still more pieces from The Deep Green Sea to share! This little boy and his Nessie-ish friend inhabit a very quiet place, with only themselves, the pines & the ripples on the water for company.
This one is spoken for, but there are still several paintings (inluding three of my absolute favorites) available for sale.
Thank you so very much for all of your kind words & excitement about Dream Animals! It was such an exciting week.
The Unsuccessful Capture of the Great New England Sea Monster 20"x16" Acrylic on wood
One of the main reasons I wanted to do a seafaring show was to have an excuse to paint a whole bunch of sea beasts, cryptozoological & otherwise. This is one of the larger pieces in The Deep Green Sea; since I don't generally work very big, I often max out at around this size. Most of these big (ish) paintings are the ones with gigantic creatures (although there are some giant beasts in some smaller pieces, too.)
I've been getting some queries about how to purchase art from the show (opening October 11), and I'll let you know the details soon!
I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing 11"x14" Acrylic on wood
This is one of my favorite pieces I've made for The Deep Green Sea, named for one of the best endings to one of the best poems.
I remember the first time I read Prufrock - I sat in the desk in my college English class, unsuspecting and unknowing and it so overwhelmed me with its staggering sadness and beauty that I couldn't keep from crying on the spot, in silence, with this devastating poem. It's the way it builds...it snares you and it drags you further and further into anxiousness and beauty and loneliness and siren songs until you're out too deep. Death by longing!
And there are more mermaids, certainly, in this show - more beasts and sailors and everything briny & wonderful.