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Art & Whimsy Blog

Matilda’s Woes

Work "Sweet is the sleep of the laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep."  Ecclesiastes 5:12 This jives with my experience. Saturdays are often designated as my "work around the house day", which means yard work...

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Autumn and Birds and Feet

The Birds I enjoy them. They're quirky, they bop around, yank live bait out of the ground, and they fly. I like almost everything that flies. Wasps, not so much, airplanes, yes! As Summer lingers, along with 90+ temperatures, we are looking forward to autumn. Even as...

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Canine Whimsy

The Dog I recently wrapped up illustrations for a children's book about Santa's dog. It's called Santa's Dog. More about the book when we approach Christmas. You can catch a peek at the cover on my FB page https://www.facebook.com/EdKoehlerIllustrator/. Right now I...

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A League of My Own

I don't recall that our grade school baseball team had a name. Our uniforms were white with red trim, caps, and stockings, emblazoned with St. John's across the chest. I suppose we were simply called St. John's. We were in the CYC league and played other Catholic...

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Oh, Tannenbaum!

Wie treu sind deine Blätter! Even if you don't speak German you may know the song. Roughly translated, that line is "How faithful are your leaves!" A Tannenbaum is a fir, or evergreen tree. This song was a standard in the predominantly German neighborhood in which I...

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Galileo, Galileo!

I'm in an astronomical mood once again. Some time ago, earlier this year, I drew Astronomy Girl, that big-headed kid gazing up at the stars. That was followed by last month's Corn Moon, the big orange moon waking from a daytime sleep to light up the night. Today it's...

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The Element of Surprise

One of the joys of being a children's book illustrator is the frequency with which I get to create whimsical animals. I'm not a nature artist in the traditional sense, so I don't often paint realistic flora and fauna. My animals lean cute, or as I tell my clients, I'm...

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Circle Game

As I continue to play with these simple circles, I'm kind of surprised by what I come up with. All these simply start with a circle. No preliminary sketches, and truth be told, no actual idea.  First I drew two circles. I picked the green and blue from my custom color...

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Moonrise

Corn Moon Of course the big astronomical event happened on August 21, with the solar eclipse. I didn't catch it, but for me, the Harvest Moons, or these earlier Corn Moons, are spectacular sights, and I don't need special glasses to enjoy them. With the moon...

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Tapped Out

I was born in August. Being born during summer vacation meant that I never had to go to school on my birthday. The only draw back was that it also meant I was one of the youngest kids in my class. When I started Kindergarten, you only had to be five years old anytime...

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Singing Squirrel

I like to think most kids adopt a neighborhood squirrel at some point. We had a regular visitor during one childhood summer. We fed him nuts, and with each feeding he became more trusting of our relationship. Gaining confidence in our good will,...

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Why Go Pro?

A few years ago I wrote an article for the Christian Small Publishers Association Newsletter about what self-publishing authors should expect when contracting with a professional illustrator. The article was a walk through the process: initial consultation, fees,...

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C’mon Rusty, You Can Do It!

Marquette Pool, a public facility in our city, was pretty much an everyday destination when I was a kid. It was quite a few miles from my home, but that didn't stop us from rolling up our trunks in a towel and walking the distance to get some relief from the...

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I Draw the Light

Planting Bulbs Every end of July I take note of the days getting a bit shorter and realize that in about another month summer will be winding down. I look forward to autumn, but it is generally too short and winter sets in too soon. I'm sorry to say I'm not a big...

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