3 More Plein Air Post Cards

July 6, 2018 § 8 Comments

Archival photos from Halls Hill Lookout – Bainbridge Island, WA, 2013

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My favorite part is taking off the tape!PleinAir-pierrmorgan5PleinAir-pierrmorgan6

 

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Plein Air Post Cards

June 29, 2018 § 10 Comments

Revisiting the archives, charting Plein Air days, hoping to get outside again with my paints and document my new surroundings. My dear art friend Lynnette took this photo of me on Bainbridge Island, 2013…

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Plein Air  – 4 x 6″ post cards – acrylics – 2013

With Sprinkles

June 22, 2018 § 5 Comments

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Fun Art Collaboration

June 15, 2018 § 2 Comments

In a couple more months I’ll be sharing the results of work on the big painting commission I mention in the recent WordPress Photo Challenge:  PLACE IN THE WORLD

Last weekend I collaborated with my multi-talented friend, Annie –  WordPress blog:   CURIOUS MIND GARDEN

Annie recently took an online poetry class. The final project required collaboration with another artist. She wrote a poem from SUNDAY BRUNCH  – a gouache painting in my website Gallery – and I made the following painting from one of her new poems:  “Self Portrait as Plate Spinner”PlateSpinner2-pierrmorgan

It’s 8 x 10″, using gouache (“goowash”, an opaque watercolor) & Prismacolor pencils. I work things out in stages on tracing paper – first pencil, then committing to the lines by inking over them with a Micron pen – transferring images to the final paper using a light table, so I’m not having to sketch over and over and erase directly on the final paper.PlateSpinner4-pierrmorganPlateSpinner-final-pierrmorgan2

Ta-da!

Have a great weekend and week ahead…involving a collaboration?!  ~ Pierr

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

March 22, 2017 § 12 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 § 12 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

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