May 1, 2019 § 4 Comments
March, April, May, Lisa’s old apple tree is the place to be.
Tend your favorite. Welcome, May! ~ xo Pierr
April 9, 2019 § 4 Comments
My new neighbors are very friendly. They came right over the instant they saw me.A little disappointed maybe that I hadn’t brought any treats with me. Evidently this couple is used to human generosity found at the public park ponds. I wouldn’t presume to know their diet. I only wish I’d thought to tidy up the place before they arrived. Fortunately he or she knew better than to nibble on that plastic bag clip. What a handsome couple. Together for life. I can’t wait to greet their family.Have a wonderful week of welcome. ~ xo Pierr
March 20, 2019 § 12 Comments
Happy SPRING EQUINOX!! Look at that sky…I really was expecting the pond to be teaming with water birds. But nope. Far from it. Obviously haven’t visited in a while. We had a record-breaking days-in-a-row of snowfall in February. So I guess the pond will need a few more warm ones like this to bring it out of the deep freeze. I’m not familiar with snowy winters, having grown up in Seattle where maybe once every seven years we’d get a few days with snow enough to build a snowman and an igloo before it melted. They sure got it this year! More records.
What I love about living inland is its four definite seasons. Today is the first day of Spring. I’ll watch the ice melt for now, knowing soon I’ll see ripple-makers all over this pond.Here’s to a week of sweet anticipation. xo ~ Pierr
March 9, 2019 § 7 Comments
I finally snail-mailed my annual Lunar New Year card!I sketch an idea on any old scrap paper then start refining it using pencil on tracing paper. When I have a drawing I like I ink over it using a narrow Micron pen. The reason I use tracing paper is you can see through it, and at some point I might want to change the composition by flipping the image… Easy as pie! Don’t even have to redraw it.Here are the pens used for this project. Berol Prismacolor art markers have a wide chisel tip and a narrow tip in one marker. Great for quick strokes of color. The Pigma Graphic, by Sakura, is permanent ink, too. It comes in many different widths. I used it for the Squiggle girl’s hair and facial features.If the final paper is too thick to see the drawing through it to trace via a light table, or up against a window, I use graphite paper instead to transfer the image. First the paper, then the graphite paper – graphite side down – then the drawing on top of that, and ‘trace’ over the lines with a hard sharp pencil (2 H or 4 H):Next I paint over the graphite lines in single brush strokes of gouache (goo-wash, an opaque watercolor), changing the color a bit every stroke or so for fun. My two favorite brands of gouache are Winsor & Newton (England) and Royal Talens (Holland). I have favorite brushes too. Of course the primo brush is Winsor & Newton “Series 7” sable. But they’re very expensive and gouache is particularly hard on fine haired brushes, wearing down their tips pretty quickly. Recently I discovered the “Umbria” series by Princeton Art & Brush Co, made especially for gouache, and gave it a whirl. It’s a new fav! Finally I add my signature “chop” – which says the sound of my first name in two ancient Chinese pictograms side by side – ‘P’ + ‘eer’, carved for me years ago by a Beijing artist, “A National Treasure,” visiting Seattle. My Year of the Monkey post, 2016 – click HERE – gives a different step-by-step of the process. All my New Year cards feature this imaginative “Squiggle Girl,” from the picture book, The Squiggle, by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by moi – Pierr !Here’s to a creative year! ~ xo Pierr
February 20, 2019 § 8 Comments
Fresh from the grocery, already grown six inches overnight! Tulips are my favorite. They inspire me to create. Talismans, like this wooden lotus from Thailand, the heavy clay house I made in fifth grade, a poppy pitcher from Droll Designs , a frog box made in Bali, and a frog painting I made for a library summer reading program back in the early ’90’s.
Tulips indoors light my imagination and encourage it to grow every minute as they do. Here’s to a week of being lit by Nature’s brilliance! ~ xo Pierr