June 2, 2017 § 4 Comments
The last couple years I lived on Whidbey Island a feral cat found my backyard a nice hunting ground. He (or she) sometimes sat for hours staring in my direction, oddly, I noticed, on days when I’d neglected my writing. Ever since I’ve considered any cat that crosses my path – especially a black one – my muse.
Saturday, JUNE 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm we’re writing again. Join me and my good FRIEND.
February 28, 2016 § 10 Comments
Easy & Fun? I’m on the right track.
February 7, 2016 § 14 Comments
Making a Year of the Monkey card – began with monkey doodling to get a fun expression. I had the size of the card already laid out on the toned paper, so I enlarged the monkey I liked best to nearly fill the 5 x 7″ area, then did some cutting and taping it into a fun pose as if it were a hinged paper puppet. I’ve been ‘drawing’ this way for several years now. I can watch the overall effect as I slightly separate say, the head from the body or a leg out a bit – till I “see” what I want. It’s very fun. Like slo-mo animation without having to draw a gazillion frames of action. I transfer that drawing to the final paper.
This is my fourth Chinese New Year card. I have a look to them. Some part of the animal is a pop-up over the center fold of the card with a bright red painted border all around, and the little Squiggle Girl is featured somehow “imagining” being the animal, with her red Squiggle ribbon. She is the main character in several children’s picture books written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by myself – The Squiggle; Random House 1996, our first collaboration – still in print in paperback – turns 20 this year!!
I use Gouache (“goo-wash”, an opaque watercolor) for the bright painted colors. And every time I dip my brush in the water jar I’m reminded of the beginning of the film, “Miss Potter”, starring Rene Zellweger, about the children’s book author/illustrator, Beatrix Potter. Watch the opening credits some time and you’ll see what I mean. The camera zeroes in on her loaded brush touching the water…swirling color like magic…that’s what it feels like to paint. Sends me every time!
The Squiggle Girl is outlined with a black Faber-Castell “C” calligraphy pen, then colored in with Berol Prismacolor ArtMarkers, her ribbon, too. That’s a nifty pen-like adjustable stick eraser by Staedtler I’m using.
I took this to a local print shop where it was copied on their fancy color copier on glossy card stock. They trimmed around my red lines with a heavy duty cutting machine. Once home I scored through that middle red line. Then I cut around Monkey’s tail and foot with a trusty #11 blade in my x-Acto knife…
Add a cocktail umbrella and it’s Monkey on Parade all year long * FUN * FRIENDS * FAMILY * PLAYFUL PRODUCTIVITY * INSTINCTIVELY WILD CLEVERNESS *
HAPPY NEW YEAR !! xo Pierr
June 11, 2014 § 2 Comments
Nothing to fear but fear itself, right? Yesterday I spent “very involved” in something else completely and didn’t even look at the novel revision project. First day I’ve done that since March (when I had 5 days of blocked panic, looking like bunny above, unable to move). But I’m not blocked. Just scared. I’ve been summoned for Jury Duty and this morning, I broke a rib. Ha! Guess what you can still do with a broken rib? Write.
So I made a list of my fears. Only one had to do with the novel. All the rest were ‘what if’s’ based on outside forces in the future which I have no control over.
TIP: The present moment is where it’s at.
I’m now into a case of one step forward and four or five steps back, which doesn’t surprise me, it’s just slow going. When you tweak something ahead, you have to go back and make sure everything leading up to the tweak is still true, all details match, make sense. This part has me confused a lot. When I can’t think at all, I stop and reread from page 1 – out loud, to myself…tagging page edges with note-t0-self on pale yellow stick-its (YAY office supplies).
Here’s the first 100 pages of revision of this next draft. I’m typing it up in Scriveners so it’ll be easy to ‘compile’ and send off somewhere eventually through cyberspace (and it has this really cool virtual cork board with life-like index cards and push-pins = JOY).
My color psychology is this: Yellow is a given for every chapter – I know in my bones that eventually I’ll love them all – so I give every chapter a yellow tag right away; Fuchsia & Green tags are actually on the same chapters for notice and encouragement – Fuchsia means Fix-it! Green means Go! and together they mean “Keep going! You’re doing it!” My goal is to show you a notebook full of nothing but yellow tags. So see?–I’m being realistic and positive about the whole thing. Plus I love the act of pulling away one of those tags.
TIP: Remember to breathe. xo Pierr