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a few new paintings

Getting lost in this new nighttime world…

Rainy Night.jpgGrandma Turtle.jpg


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what’s up in my studio?

A new image! Specifically for the portfolio I’m creating for the upcoming SCBWI western washington conference. Anyone else out there going?

MP night room final copy

As you can see, I’ve been into using gouache lately in lamp black. As you might not be able to see, there are also some silhouettes hidden in the dark. Hopefully they’re not too subtle.

For those of you familiar with my process, I only have two drafts for this one and I’ll post them below. But who knows, I could be inspired to redo it yet again some time in the future.

MP nightroom draft 1 MP nightroom draft 2

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cat on the roof

cat stalking mice


November 11, 2013 · 1:36 pm

a cat, a bird and a couple of mice

cat on branch painting

cat noticing mice painting

I’m currently playing with how to create night time scenes without painting full spreads. Trying to figure out where to start and stop the forms and lines is a little like a puzzle. Albeit a puzzle without one right answer.


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two happy recommendations

My friend Brendan (who happens to be an amazing artist and animator) recommended the following web comic by Ryan Andrews. It’s called Sarah and the Seed.


A web comic? that sounds… ok. But wouldn’t I rather read a graphic novel? It turns out that this short story is lovely on the web. The drawings are fantastic and each page is like it’s own chapter. I was unexpectedly drawn in until the last click. So thanks, Brendan!

Around the same time I heard from another friend, Eboni (who happens to be a writer of a children’s story of her own), and she mentioned a children’s book called When the Sky is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz and illustrated by Barbara Cooney.

Wow. I immediately connected with the text, which is lyrical and charmingly random (…at the midnight end of the garden) (the grass is like gooseberry jam) (the thing to eat is spaghetti with pineapple sauce),  and the illustrations! The pallet, the sense of place, the characters, everything appealed to me. Here is an illustration from the book juxtaposed with one of my illustrations from Snail Joy.


I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this book before. You would think that I had grown up with it! So thank you, Eboni!

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