Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stellar Girl

I found this among my archives.
This is dated on the reverse side of this wooden shingle
(from a barn restoration in Barnstable, Cape Cod -- 1988. Strange for me to think it is over twenty years old. Feels like yesterday. It was the beginning of my connection to the star theme. I enjoy painting on wood. It is a good reminder that any surface is a possible place to create art. I like painting on eggs, cardboard, cloth, walls, floors, windows, mirrors...

I'd like to do more experimenting and
bring more of that experiementation into my books.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stellar Friend

This is my well-worn bear friend. I bought him from the 5 & 10 in Chelmsford Center in 1968. I was 7. Four decades later, he is still with me. His felt nose is long gone and his felt paws have been nibbled on. He is one of the characters who have shared the journey with me!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Stellar Eve

Have I shared this yet? I think I did when I first was tapped on the shoulder by Marlo Thomas and Carol Hart to help design the 35th Anniversary edition of the classic "Free to Be You and Me." Well, here I sit staring at the finished book in my studio - proud of having helped bring this influential book back to life for the next generations. As I typed this, Barack Obama was just named president-elect! I can't help but feel that the stars are aligning. This book is about being able to dream and become who we are meant to be. On the cover, the lead boy is perhaps young Barack?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Which Way?

I painted this a decade ago. It seemed very appropriate to share this on the eve of the U.S. presidential election. In the USA, we will be facing a choice tomorrow, like this boy. Making choices requires some deep, thoughtful reflection, as well visioning where a path might lead. If we keep our "stars" in view, we'll find our way out of the swamp we're in and find an easier journey ahead.