March 22, 2017 § 12 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
October 3, 2016 § 8 Comments
It’s the colors. Like fall sunsets. Like fire. Like cozy sweaters and scarves warming the Jedi Knight and Princess costumes arriving at your door wanting treats.
For a totally addictive mix, add Spanish peanuts. Then later, after you’ve picked all chocolate bars – dark & milk – from your cache, gear up the taste buds…slowly, mind you…for November’s richest dessert with this combo:
Nostalgia is healthy & delicious Soul food. I recommend a daily serving. xo Pierr
August 6, 2016 § 14 Comments
April 18, 2016 § 4 Comments
Today I am 10 weeks sugar & chocolate-free. Whew. The two kept on compounding the roller coaster effect. Food is a very social thing and having many food allergies as well, I’ve discovered that painting it is a lot more fun for me – I can indulge as much as I want and still have friends!
Check out Dinnertime around the globe. Bon Appétit! x0 – Pierr
January 9, 2016 § 6 Comments
The Common Cold Effect: wonderful zucchini-avacado-quinoa-chicken broth soup -I actually made myself!!- and cannot taste; gorgeous day out though too soon to risk body chill; reward for lying low = perfect view to a life couple well graced in working gravitational pull…