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 17, 2017 § Leave a comment
Join me Saturday Mar 18, 10:30 am-4:30 pm… WriteAway to your heart’s content.I like to play with my Muses via prompts randomly chosen from books. Like Monica Wood’s The Pocket Muse. And Heather Seller’s Chapter After Chapter.Some writers recoil at the thought of timed writing but to me it’s like a go! dive into deep water, knowing the bell will save me if I’m having trouble breathing. Other times I’m cruising the high seas and the bell has me stop mid-sentence which often reveals a perfect ending. Sylvia Nibley’s beautiful decks of Inquiry Cards are great prompts. Each time I pull the perfect question to mine the core of a character or situation. Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write holds short essays with an “Initiation Tool” at the end of each to try. And new to me, but not (it’s 2003), Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and With Others has an index “List of Exercises” and over 50 pages of “Additional Exercises” to keep you writing long past the bell. Hope you can join me. Write well! xo – Pierr
March 9, 2017 § 8 Comments
I wish everyone around the world could pause at the same time and write a wish – on paper, in the sand, in the air, on their hand. World peace in a nanosecond. Wish.
Join me – virtually – Saturday March 11 – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Pacific time – for another glorious WriteAway – wild abandon of the mind and pen.
Click HERE to see how I structure my day. xo Pierr
February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment
No matter your time zone…I – L – B – C – N – U !
I like to divide the day into 15 and 30-minute timed morsels – back to back – inspired by various prompts. This keeps my resistance beast asleep. Are you in? (click tiny gray-fonted ‘comment’ above) Knowing you’re writing away too makes the experience that much more fun and productive. I’ll cheer you on. So grab a pen or keyboard. See you Saturday! or Friday if you’re writing halfway around the world from Bainbridge Island, WA – United States.
xo Pierr & Virtual PenPals
February 8, 2017 § 2 Comments
Join me for another Saturday of focused writing away – virtually – on Bainbridge Island. This is great fun and so productive I’m thinking of doing two a month, for the rest of the year. Curious how I structure my day? Click HERE. Please join me. The more the merrier! Let me know how your day goes. xo Pierr
January 12, 2017 § 12 Comments
For years I’ve wanted to have a writing group but I’m such an introvert when it comes to gatherings (like wanting to be home after about 15 minutes) I never thought outside the box. Till November when I took a novel writing class at Hugo House and enjoyed all 14 of my fellow novelists (plus our stellar instructor, Waverly Fitzgerald) so much, that I wanted to keep meeting. My novel was fleshing out from it. I felt like a gradeschooler hollering on the playground, “Helloooo, I’m free if anybody needs one more for Red Rover or Kickball!” I’d ferry over any time to meet at the library or a coffee shop – just email me! I was totally obsessed about it, with a giddy kind of energy, starting to plan how this might happen. Waverly suggested I pick a day and time weekly or monthly for folks to get away, to come here, to Bainbridge Island.
So I did…with the invitation above, plus directions, my phone number, places to eat and/or write, using my apartment as a base to come and go from…fully aware of the possibility that it might be a no-show event. Which meant – gulp – I needed to be here writing all day with Me, Myself & I, just in case.
That’s what happened. And it was glorious! So many pages written. Here’s what I did (see photo below). #1 – My trusty egg timer ruled the day. #2 – I drew one Inquiry Card , created by Sylvia Nibley, and wrote for 15 minutes answering the question for myself. Then I drew a second card and wrote for 15 minutes as my novel’s protagonist. #3 – Flipping open to anywhere in Julia Cameron‘s The Right to Write collection of essays, I set the timer for 30 minutes and wrote from the “Initiation Tool” at the end of the essay as myself. Then I set the timer for 30 minutes and wrote in the voice of another character from the novel. I took stretch breaks – had snacks (chocolate, of course) and plenty of water – took a 30-minute lunch break – and basically repeated the pattern the rest of the day. About 3:00 I started falling asleep so I stopped at 3:30 and read aloud to Me, Myself & I what I’d written.
Now, committed to these next two Saturdays (and much preferring my group of One), I thought it would be fun to make it A VIRTUAL experience, opening it up to anyone on the planet. I’d love to have you join me – virtually, that is. Wherever you live or roam, grab a pen or keyboard and…Write Away! (Sat Jan 14, 10:30 am-4:30 pm Pacific time)
xo Pierr – P.S. Let me know in the comments how your day went, and if you actually travel.