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Inktober: Tranquil

Inktober: Tranquil

Today's #Inktober image is a rough sketch depicting what I think of as representative of the prompt, tranquil. It features a girl sitting up in tree, taking in the quiet of the neighborhood park at dusk. My idea of tranquil back in the day and now.

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Coming up

Coming up

These days, I'm working on paintings for my upcoming picture book, Honu and Moa (BeachHouse Publishing). The photo above features a rough comp of artwork--it probably won't be the final cover. Stay tuned for more posts about this picture book. ~ECM

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Helloooooo & Happy Halloween 2017

Helloooooo & Happy Halloween 2017

For the entire month of November, a wonderful celebration will take place: PICTURE BOOK MONTH. [Applause, applause] IMHO, children's literature is synonymous with picture books, so it only makes sense that this versatile genre--which runs the gamut from...

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That Flight, Those Babies

That Flight, Those Babies

There's a lot to catch up on, folks. 2017 has been a busy, creative year so far and I will give a recap soon... especially since I've revived this blog from a 10-month coma in order to post a Halloween story for the... 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest put...

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The day I was quoted

The day I was quoted

A Page From My Sketchbook I'd never been on flight like THIS. The entire plane was outnumbered by two babies. Two bald-headed, demanding Tyrants-in-Pampers. I'd dragged myself onto the plane, heavy-lidded and exhausted from an incredible week of intensive east coast...

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Post-Halloween Poems

Post-Halloween Poems

November 29 is a special day for me because this is the day a quote from my book, THE SLEEPING GIANT: A Tale From Kaua'i appears on a page in TODAY I WILL: A Year of Quotes, Notes and Promises to Myself, by award-winning authors Eileen & Jerry Spinelli,...

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Look at what’s popping!

Look at what’s popping!

It's Poetry Friday after Halloween! If you are searching for some spooky good poems for any time of year then check out  An Eyeball in My Garden (and Other Spine-tingling Poems)  This anthology was compiled and co-edited by Laura D. Wynkoop and Jennifer Cole Judd, who...

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Tuesday whimsy

Tuesday whimsy

  Pop-up pages are magical. I’ve always loved their intricate combination of art and science–the way in which the paper sculpture moves when you open a page, the burst of color in 3-D and, of course, the element of surprise. Enjoy the ins, outs, cuts and arcs of...

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Poetry Friday Fave

Poetry Friday Fave

I have passed this wrapped telephone pole many times and only today did I notice the small door at the bottom! Here's a close-up view... Whoever made this door has taken a very different approach from the door at the cement block. The color-block door with primary...

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Power in process (for artists of all kinds)

Power in process (for artists of all kinds)

Happy Aloha Friday! And Happy Poetry Friday! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet. All around the internet people are sharing poetry--poems they've written or poems written by others (with proper credits, of course). A good explanation for Poetry Friday may be...

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The art of simplification

The art of simplification

It's Poetry Friday after Halloween! If you are searching for some spooky good poems for any time of year then check out  An Eyeball in My Garden (and Other Spine-tingling Poems)  This anthology was compiled and co-edited by Laura D. Wynkoop and Jennifer Cole Judd, who...

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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

It's the sixth day of my daily-post-for-a-week challenge so here are six of my favorite quotes on simplifying your life and work. (Above photo: A cover from one of my sketchbooks--I started carving with an exacto blade.)   The ability to simplify means to...

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It’s a comical world

It’s a comical world

Thoughts on day five of my daily-post-for-a-week challenge: For me, the beauty of Hula is that the words, rich in meaning and story, provoke and inspire a deep well of expression in the dance. It is poetry in motion. As a hula dancer with Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, under...

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A writer’s advice (and book): Take Joy

A writer’s advice (and book): Take Joy

Now that it's day four of my daily-post-for-a-week challenge... Did you know that comics can be found anywhere besides comic books and newspapers? I learned this thanks to the CA College of the Arts online class I'm taking through Kadenze. It's called Comics: Art in...

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This is how I roll

This is how I roll

For the entire month of November, a wonderful celebration will take place: PICTURE BOOK MONTH. [Applause, applause] IMHO, children's literature is synonymous with picture books, so it only makes sense that this versatile genre--which runs the gamut from...

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This is an occasional blog about art-making, storytelling, art influences and "shop talk."

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