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theblackapple
Illustrator/Writer/Rabbit
Interests: rabbits, children's book illustration, sea monsters, old dresses, luna moths, apples, cats, painting, sewing, birds, buttons, pineapples, strawberries, polka dots, stripes, calico, stripes, swans, t-strap mary janes, tom waits, renee french, adrian tomine, dan clowes, richard sala, knee socks, real letters.
Recent Activity
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I found this 1930 edition of my favorite Colette book today (the first of the Claudine series, Claudine at School.) It was just sitting there, waiting for me at Powell's & I think it cost some king's ransom like six... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Little bits from a fairy tale of the dark, dark woods. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Don't worry - the children's tees are legit!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Blanche & Cora at (Inside A Black Apple)
It's really sweet! Thanks for sharing. : )
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2014 on Watercoloring at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I have been using watercolors lately and I really love them. They are so different from my usual paints, which are all building and layers and varnishes. Silk chiffon vs. wool. I was wishing for something a bit lighter &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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One of the most unusual old children's book's I've brought home lately: a nineteenth century chromolithographed book about two girls in florida, a bow & arrow, and a snake. I love the image on the cover so much (and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Dear Portland, Tomorrow (Saturday, 3/8) I'm doing Powell's storytime (Downtown, 11 am). Bring me your wayward children or animals in clothes! Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I'm working on the endpapers for my next picture book with the help of Dr. Ph. Martin's Golden Brown. I've always loved all the little extra bits in books (endpapers, bookplates, secret covers under the jacket, etc.) and I extra-love... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I happened on the Magic Box on Ebay. I don't even know exactly what it is or how it works (neither did the Ebay seller) but I want to know its secrets. The Magic Box is not mine but I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Sometimes when I am feeling a little beauty-starved, I binge on Tim Walker. His heart is, I think, like my favorite people's hearts: that is, full to bursting with everything all at once, exuberance and shadows and wonder and love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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This antique glass slide came from my valentine this year. The little labels, with their perfect script...my stars. And the actual anatomical slide itself (heart tissue, looking so much like a tiny, delicate sea fan) make my own heart beat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I couldn't help breaking out the glitter set and making a total mess before I sent these out. Vermilion glitter for the hearts, sparkly white for the mermaid's pearl and the bee-wings, sparkly black for bee-fur and top hats. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Some bedazzled ones might be coming in the mail bearing expensive lollipops...
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Since you're the tops, I made this sheet of Valentines for you to download (send no pennies, they're free!) * Click to Download the high-res, printable sheet * Any excuse to feature some of my favorite oldie superlatives. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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How lovely. And YES! "Bless you, so-and-so, every time you sneeze" was a regular saying at my house, too. It's definitely another gem among gems in that perfect little book. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2014 on Little Fur Child at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Last week, very out-of-the-blue, I got a wonderful package in the mail from one of my favorite people. Inside the wonderful package was the drawing above, an original Garth Williams sketch of the Little Fur Child from Little Fur Family,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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EDITED AGAIN: Hooray! The 10 winning comment numbers courtesy of the RNG! 6, 21, 36, 51, 73, 85, 121, 148, 158, 166 I'll be getting in touch with the owners of these numbers to get your addresses soon. Thanks again... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Hokusai's Wave gets all the attention, but lately I've been having a moment with his unbelievably beautiful and delicate flower paintings. They're both ethereal and substantial, somehow. I'd like to make more posts here about other people's pictures. It would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
This is one of the best things I've heard this week. I think convincing kindergarten boys to love mermaids is the impossible dream! :)
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Since I remembered I gave a little peek of Dream Animals, I wanted to share a peek at some of the small people who populate my next picture book, Day Dreamers (the sunny companion to our nighttime dream book.) It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you, Melissa! :D
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Around 12 pieces of original picture book art (including 5 of the big dream spreads, like the Kitchen Dream below!) will be posted for sale on Monday in my shop at 4 pm Eastern/1 pm Pacific. They are all framed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Happy Christmas to you, dear Sara. xxoo
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2013 on Caramels & Marshmallows at (Inside A Black Apple)
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They make for nice, little, quick(ish) presents. I sent these boxes out a week or two ago, so they're (hopefully) long since eaten. Maybe you still need a little something to give someone? The marshmallows would be especially nice with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at (Inside A Black Apple)
They must've just been temporarily out! Check back when you have a chance. And thanks for your kind words, all! :)