For my humorous poetry book releasing in March 2020, 'A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems', I have been working on various iterations of the covers for the last year. Here is the current finalist for the front:
And here are some variations for the back. I made several different ones so we could accommodate varying amounts of back-cover text (such as blurbs and reviews). We won't actually know how much space we need for the text till very late in the game, so making lots of variations gives the book designer flexibility:
As you can see there is a ton of work that goes into the making of a book that is invisible to the reader.
My Spring 2019 Original Art Catalog is now available, featuring currently available original artwork, with Prices.
I am excited to share the news that Boyds Mills Press has acquired the world rights to my upcoming poetry book titled A Hatful Of Dragons: And 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems. The book is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020 under their WordSong imprint.
Many thanks to my agent Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio for making this happen!
These days I am not producing much art because I am busy finishing up the manuscript, which I am also illustrating. As you can imagine, writing and illustrating 13.8 billion poems is quite a bit of work! :)
Boyds Mills Press, publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers. Established in 1990, Boyds Mills Press’s picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction focus on excellent storytelling, imaginative illustration, and strong characters. Our exceptionally crafted titles are designed to entertain, inform, and engage children of all ages.
WordSong is the only children’s imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to poetry. WordSong titles capture the vibrant, unexpected, and emotional connections between text and young readers. Some of the well-known poets who publish under the WordSong imprint include Nikki Grimes, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Marilyn Nelson, and Marilyn Singer.
You are invited to my annual end-of-year holiday show (and gift sale) in my studio-gallery. I cap off every year with a show of many the new paintings I have created over the year. Seeing the paintings in real life is very different from seeing the posts on facebook, instagram and my website so I would love for you to come see my work in person.
This year I am holding the event over multiple weekends to accomodate as many schedules as possible. The dates for the show are:
Dec 1, 2 weekend 12-5pm both days
Dec 6 First Thursday Art Walk 4-9pm
Dec 8, 9 weekend 12-5pm both days
Dec 14, 15, and 16 11-5pm each day
In addition to original artwork, you can also do some holiday shopping for prints, books, cards, puzzles, gifts and more.
My studio is located in Pioneer Square at 306 S. Washington St. #107 Seattle WA 98104. Parking is on the street or nearby paid lots. (Street parking is free on Sundays). The location is very well-connected via public transit.
Hope to see you this Dec!
I am so very excited to share with you the release of my SECOND Self-Illustrated book of funny poems titled LORD OF THE BUBBLES, a followup to my earlier award-winning collection THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR.
Read more here, watch a flip-through, and download a sample: LORD OF THE BUBBLES
Many thanks to the City of Burien for installing a Utility Box Mural based on one of my paintings 'Contemplation, in Yellow' featuring a meditative self-reflective coffee-drinking elephant. I mean, why not? :)
This public art is located at the corner of 122nd and Ambaum in Burien WA.
See the FALL 2018 Art Catalog for currently available originals, with prices.
I host a monthly exhibition of original art in my studio-gallery in Pioneer Square. The theme for October is Halloween and features my popular Lil' Reaper character (and friends). Come see lots of new paintings, including a giant 5'x5' Lil' Reaper painting that you can bid on:
So. Many. Reapers!
I am delighted to unveil my Lil' Reaper Playing Card deck featuring 54 playing cards each with a unique lil' reaper image based on my paintings and prints.
This is a standard sized poker deck (2.5" x 3.5") printed on high quality smooth 300gsm cardstock. This card stock has a better spring when shuffled, and is varnished to keep the cards from getting dirty. The smooth finish aids shuffling and handling. The deck comes in a paper tuck-box.
Get a deck and be the envy of your friends or as perfect gifts for all occasions. Order from here: