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I'm still playing. I started to fool around with a looser style this winter. Just playing and maybe, it will take me somewhere.
For those inclined new essay in this weeks newsletter
Well, time to visit the writing table and make some scratch marks.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday night starts the Jewish New Year. I thought I'd cend an ecard out. I've been warming up for the illustrations I will do in the new book. After a long walk this morning, a beautiful almost fall day, I decided to just play. I had planned to use drawing below, but I was having too much fun with this one.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
I've been watching Amy and Sarah posting and planning on doing the same. It's been a veryhard and strange time here for the last few weeks. The river has finally crested and now all is being focused on getting things cleaned up and back to normal. I wrote a piece about the flood for Lion Brand. http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/lionbrand/displayCustomerProjects.fcgi?projectKey=40025&displayType=story
But this morning, before, I did any other work, I gave myself permission to play and draw a bit. I scanned in a page of sketches, turned up the music, tuned out the outside and played in Photoshop. Humbly yours, M.
Friday, May 23, 2008
The covers for the Math Fun books that I was working on
all winter are up on Amazon (that was fast!).
They took a few liberties--changing some colors,
flipping images and whatnot-- but then, this was never
meant to be fine art so I'm not going to be bothered by it.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
is back in print. It's based loosely on my experiences working on Kibbutz Mizra.
My friend Rodney worked in the kibbutz chicken coop. He told me all about the chickens,
especially Clara, a chick on the third floor, who wasn't like the others. He lovingly
imitated her nervouse wobble and cluck. I envied Rodney. The chicken coop seemed like
friendly, funny place to work.
I had been working in some very boring and unappealing places like the cemetery and
laundry (diaper section, don't ask.) A family crisis forced Rodney to return home to South
Africa and I begged to take his place in the chicken coop. When I read the work list
and learned that I had been given his job, I was ecstatic.
The next day, wearing Rodney's old hat, his long sleeved shirt, and his rubber boots, I
stood in front of the four-story kibbutz chicken coop eager to begin work. I was soon to
enter scared ground. The enchanted chicken coop.
Haim, the kibbutznik in charge of training me, took me to the chicken coop's elevator.
Together we rode up to the fourth floor, where the oldest and sickest chickens resided. A
dead chicken was in our path.
Haim picked it up. "Happens." He shrugged.
Not in Rodney's stories, I thought.
The other floors of the chicken coop were very noisy. The chickens pecked and poked
and were unwilling to move, making it impossible for me to gather their eggs.
"Sometimes you have to push the chickens off. Like this," said Haim.
It looked to me like Haim was hurling a chicken across the room.
"Doesn't that hurt the chickens?" I asked.
"They don't mind it," he said. "See. Then you take the eggs."
My head itched under my hat. My hand was already covered with scratches from the
pecking chickens. My nose was rebelling against the pungent air. I stood still a moment
and then I knew. Every part of my body knew. The chicken coop was a terrible place to
work. I thought about Rodney and his stories about Clara and the other chicks and
smiled. Rodney was a great storyteller and a great teacher.
I learned that day there in a four-story chicken coop, on Kibbutz Mizra in the
Jezreel Valley, that even amid hurling chickens, piles of hay and eggs, flying chicken feathers and
sticky chicken droppings, noisy clucking and pecking, there were stories to be found.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Looks like the link I posted was more like a partial link. Here's the whole one.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I had hoped to create a new image each week. I may still do this, but probably not today. This image is part of a graphic essay I just finished for Lion Brand. My first. It was fun to do, but took quite a while for me to figure out all the technical stuff. I think I'd like to try and do more of this kind of writing and illustrating. It is an extension of the illustrations I did for my Jackson Friends books.
Amy is my inspiration for the "knitting spring." Her yarn. We did a yarn exchange and what she sent me, what she hand dyed was so glorious that I really did feel like I was knitting spring.
And one last bit of news. A pod cast with yours truly. Talking about my favorite subjects; children's books, family and knitting.
Monday, April 7, 2008
About 2 years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Island of Frenchboro off of the coast of Maine. I did an illustrator residency program for 2 days at Frenchboro's one room school house. The 15 children were wonderful along with the two teachers. This is a pastel sketch I did for the school as a memento of my visit. I hope to go back again....it was a wonderful experience.
ok, i did it! i'm no longer brand new blogger!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The thrill of the Math Fun books that I have been
working on is waning, but with only 8 spreads to go, I
hope to be done in the next week or so.
Meanwhile, I thought I'd give links to a few blogs
that I love to kill time with when I really should be
I love her work, and her life seems so idyllic to me.
She is an illustrator in Alaska. When it is cold and miserable
here I look at her blog and feel warmer. Although it is so starkly beautiful.
Not an illustrator, but a food writer in France. Reading her blog is like taking a
Anyway, back to work... and taxes..
Monday, March 24, 2008
This is card I did for Lion Brand Yarn Company.For Valentines Day. Drawn in Photoshop. It's available on their website in a pdf /card format.
It's fun to see other's work posted. Thanks for inviting me to join the group.
I'm going to try and use this as an opportunity to do so new work that explores ideas I have been thinking about. Hearing Vera Williams talk about her work and studying her books again, finding the joy and the color has made me want to play with images. And now that I have figured out how to post. I think I'm ready.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thank you Sarah for the invitation to join this blog and to Amy for putting it together. I am always happy to meet more children's book folks.
Amy, I finished the toy box image we each had to do. I'll post it along with a sketch from a magazine job I am working on.