March 22, 2017 § 8 Comments
Easy as mudpies being GREEN… ChildrensGarden copy It’s Spring! Got Seeds?by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan – arrives in bookstores MAY 2, 2017 ~ my 65th birthday! Here’s A Peek at My Illustration Process:
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
This 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.When the paint is dry it gets a layer of waterproof ink.When 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……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.Because 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.Below 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.The 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.Oh! 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
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.
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
January 28, 2017 § 16 Comments
A New Year. Sing out. Wake ’em up! May we be like Rooster ~ Dedicated and Expressive ~ Honest and Strong ~ Using Our Gifts ~ In Love
January 28, 2017 § 12 Comments
So where have all the pennies and 35 mm Fuji film canisters gone?
Inside the wrist of itty bitty “HAND-Stands”…for baby rings and teething necklaces…
…and inside the trunk of a CACTUS-Stand to hold a watch, glasses, rings and earrings…
Rumor has it other sized containers intended for pharmaceuticals are disapPIERRing too…
December 2, 2016 § 4 Comments
See others relax on The Daily Post… xo Pierr
November 23, 2016 § 10 Comments
It 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)
October 29, 2016 § 6 Comments