Matilda’s Woes

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...
Autumn and Birds and Feet

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....
Canine Whimsy

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...
A Wolf, Goat, and a Cabbage Got into a Boat

A Wolf, Goat, and a Cabbage Got into a Boat

Leonardo struggled with Math. So says biographer Walter Isaacson, citing DaVinci’s notebook entry doubling 4,096 to get 8,092. I take satisfaction in knowing the great thinker didn’t get carrying the one. I recall standing at the blackboard as a befuddled...
A League of My Own

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...
Oh, Tannenbaum!

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...
Galileo, Galileo!

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....
The Element of Surprise

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...
Circle Game

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...
Moonrise

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...