January 11, 2018 § 18 Comments
In the Children’s Garden at Seattle Tilth’s Good Shepherd Center… my inspiration for the cover of The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City, a picture book written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by yours truly… published by Little Bigfoot of Sasquatch Books, Seattle 2017.
And a fallen beauty along Admiralty Inlet on a Whidbey Island beach.WEATHERED
December 25, 2017 § 13 Comments
Filled with laughter and good times with those near and dear, and far asphere…
Merry Christmas, Sweets!!! Love you like 10 million clown balloons.
XO Pierr Mom Nana
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
December 23, 2016 § 6 Comments
Celebrate your unique personal path! xo – Pierr
December 17, 2016 § 8 Comments
When my son was a little guy each Christmas I made him a surprise ball – a collection of smallish gifties wrapped in strips of colored crepe paper that take some time to open. His dad and I had divorced and Aaron lived with him in California, New Jersey, then New York City. The surprise ball was a way for me to be there with him in spirit, sensing his anticipation. Now he’s got a little guy of his own and keeping with tradition, I – Nana Pierr – made one for Devin last year…
The dime store used to sell surprise balls for a quarter or 50 cents. They were small, about three inches in diameter, usually filled with two or three doll house miniatures made of plastic or tin. My sister and I decided to make our own with more elaborate prizes. In those days crepe paper came packaged in flat rolled sheets. We cut strips as skinny or wide as we liked. Crepe paper these days comes rolled, is pretty much one width and isn’t as tough. Stretched too taught results in a rip. You’re wise to have tape handy.
My anticipation in making a surprise ball is wondering what final shape all the presents are going to make once bound together. It takes at least a couple hours so I think about the recipient and what they like while I’m wrapping. I have a pile of newspaper and recycled paper I can wad up into shapes to cover corners of a box or pad an area more in the direction of my vision. Stickers are easy to slip in now and then, and fun to discover.
D’s gifts wanted to be rectangular all along, and since he’s totally into musical instruments…
Ta-da! I don’t remember what the presents were, but I do remember he got tired unraveling and had his dad – the pro – finish up.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday of anticipation. xo Pierr
November 27, 2016 § 8 Comments
Bless us all This Time xo Pierr
September 22, 2016 § 16 Comments
TELL EVERYONE – Coming to a bookstore near you for my 65th birthday!! MAY 2, 2017.
The 25 pieces of art are DONE!! and delivered. The last year and a half of my life has come to a close. The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City, is a picture book by children’s author, Carole Lexa Schaefer, published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle, on their Little Bigfoot Books imprint, and illustrated by…moi! I’m very pleased: childrensgarden
Click on that tiny link “childrensgarden” to see the cover art with its scrumptious red titling, tell everyone about it, then click this: Amazon’s listing