Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green…The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City

March 22, 2017 § 8 Comments

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Easy as mudpies being GREEN…    ChildrensGarden copy   It’s Spring! Got Seeds?ChildrensGarden_fullcover copyby Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan – arrives in bookstores MAY 2, 2017 ~ my 65th birthday! Here’s A Peek at My Illustration Process:CG-goldfinch1

I use GOUACHE (“goo-wash”), an opaque watercolor, on Arches 140 lb Cold Press (textured) watercolor paper, and Higgins “Black Magic” waterproof ink, in a technique called “Gouache & Ink Resist” which I learned over thirty years ago at

Art Center College of Design.

CG-goldfinch2This technique celebrates backwards thinking…something my brain does naturally. What you want showing in the end is painted first to stain the paper. Gouache colors are mixed to a melty-soft ice cream consistency and applied thickly enough – details first – so when dry, the paint resists the ink. Paper is left blank wherever you want black or a black line.CG-goldfinch3When the paint is dry it gets a layer of waterproof ink.CG-goldfinch4When the ink’s dry, it gets a rinse at the sink!  (below is the Cover Art)  Water beating on the surface dissolves the paint, which runs, pushing the ink off itself in flecks…CG-goldfinch5…leaving a brilliant stain and earthy texture. Always a surprise.

I look the painting over for places where color washed away, not leaving enough of a stain, or where ink stuck too much. I wanted the packets to look fairly new, without much dirt on them, especially for very young readers to easily identify the plants and match them with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing in the book garden.CG-goldfinch6Because Gouache is opaque, it paints over excess ink nicely. The Sunflower packet in these two photos is a good example of before & after ‘touch-ups.CG-goldfinch7Below is what the final endpaper painting looks like printed and bound. Carole and I can’t wait to personalize copies on the blank seed packet. The American Goldfinch seems curious to read them.CG-endpaper-frontThe back endpaper features Carole’s and my bio, cleverly placed on the flip side of the Wildflower seeds by Sasquatch Books’ Little Bigfoot design team.CG-goldfinch8Oh! I almost forgot – the green snail – it’s in every picture. Can’t wait for you to find it. Click HERE to read more – and buy! – The Children’s Garden on Sasquatch Books’ website. Thanks so much! And thanks too, for reading to a Child.   xo Pierr      

Springing to Yellow

March 12, 2017 § 9 Comments

Today’s post is inspired by a blog I follow: The Snow Melts Somewhere and her post today, “Collecting Yellow” She was inspired by two things, a WordPress photo challenge theme from two years ago (here’s mine > – ORANGE – which I remember having fun putting together, too), and another blogger, Marina, and her wonderful post on meexploring.blog.

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Here’s what I dug up from my archives, starting with the flowering field and going clockwise: Mustard – growing in Ebey’s Preserve on Whidbey Island, WA; Yellow Truck – Bainbridge Island, WA, 4th of July’s antique car exhibit; HAND-Stand jewelry display I made and sold in my Esty shop, pierrmorgan.etsy.com; Prickly Pear blossom, Tucson, AZ at the Azure Gate B&B; Rubber Ducky, found in the Hanalei farmer’s market day parking lot on Kauai, HI; and “Star Fruit & Lemon”, a gouache (“goo-wash” -opaque watercolor) painting I did and sold on my website, pierrmorgan.com.

This was fun. Looking for yellow I discovered two things – I have very few photographs of yellow objects in nature and/or out and about, but I use yellow quite a bit in paintings from my imagination. Maybe the result of a Vitamin D craving (deficiency?) from living in the northwest.

Here’s wishing you a sunny mellow yellow week!  xo Pierr

 

Something To Crow About!

January 28, 2017 § 16 Comments

A New Year. Sing out. Wake ’em up!rooster-pierrmorgan1 rooster-pierrmorgan2rooster-pierrmorgan3 May we be like Rooster ~ Dedicated and Expressive ~ Honest and Strong ~ Using Our Gifts ~ In Love   rooster-pierrmorgan4

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

January 28, 2017 § 12 Comments

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So where have all the pennies and 35 mm Fuji film canisters gone? baby1

Inside the wrist of itty bitty “HAND-Stands”…for baby rings and teething necklaces…babyteeth1

…and inside the trunk of a CACTUS-Stand to hold a watch, glasses, rings and earrings…

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Rumor has it other sized containers intended for pharmaceuticals are disapPIERRing too…

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In fact, every item in my Etsy Shop has an element of Repurpose.                                       Check them out! Use coupon code ” BEMINE ” at Checkout for 20% off till Feb 28.                xo -Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

December 2, 2016 § 4 Comments

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See others relax on The Daily Post… xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

November 23, 2016 § 10 Comments

wpc-magic-pierrmorganIt arrived in a flash dream around 1998. In 2005 I stapled canvas to the garage wall and made it permanent. It’s one of my larger oil paintings at 3 x 4 feet. 2009 I wrote my very first NaNoWriMo based on the dream, then expanded the story in 2010 and 2011 NaNo’s. This month I’m at it again, taking the magic another 50,000 words in a flurry of thirty days.

There is a sort of magic in the psyche’s ability to deliver a call to adventure so intriguing, so enticing, that regardless of how many years it takes to respond, the call permeates the heart strengthening it against resistance, elevating it beyond the consequences of personal fears.

Here’s to Your Call!  – xo Pierr …(p.s. this will be the cover of my book)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

October 29, 2016 § 6 Comments

TRANSMOGRIFY is the word – propelling me forward – with a new product for my ETSY biz. No such thing as too much fun when it comes to this. Here’s to transmogrifying your week!             xo – Pierr

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Happy Belated Birthday, Eee!!! Have fun rowing on the St John.

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