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
March 3, 2017 § 7 Comments
Join me! virtually, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Time, for a day of writing. Pretend we’re here in the little house I used to live in on Whidbey Island, Washington state, overlooking Admiralty Inlet and the Olympic Mountains. You can write inside (same furniture) or outside on the deck, or sit on the grass and dangle your legs off the cliff side.We may have visitors…I’m fleshing out the world of a children’s fantasy novel.I like to use timed prompts:
Hope to see you here! xo Pierr (that rhymes)
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