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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
I just realized I wasn't getting comment notifications, so I didn't see these til just now! Thank you so much for all the kind words about this painting! ♥
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Eleanor's Room at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you! : )
Thanks so much, everyone! I just realized my comment notification was wonky, and saw all these nice comments. Thank you!!! : )
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I make these combination scrapbooks/sketchbooks for most big projects, and put all my bits of inspiration and reference and ideas inside. Around here they are affectionately known as my "old-fashioned Tumblrs". This one I made for my next series of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at (Inside A Black Apple)
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The Huffington Post recently posted this list of new children's classics and I was so happy when I scrolled down to find Dream Animals on the list. Not only on this lovely list, but alongside some of *my* personal new(ish)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at (Inside A Black Apple)
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The paintings from this series are all framed up & ready to go! They'll go up in the shop on Friday Jan. 16th (this Friday) @ 3 pm Eastern / 12 Pacific. I get so many emails inquiring about original... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Eleanor's Room 11"x14" A quiet, cozy room for a quiet, cozy girl. This is the final installment in the Eleanor series of paintings. There are seven total (I think?) and I am aiming to have the collection framed & for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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So nice to see these buddies again and have the whole house smell like a Christmas tree. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Perfect. : )
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2014 on Out To the Coast at (Inside A Black Apple)
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One of my favorite things to do is jump in the car & race the sun out to the coast to watch it set. The drive takes you through fields, then forest, then suddenly, you run out of land and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Some sketchbook ghosts seemed like a good thing for today! Also good things for today: - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (or, really, any song by The Cramps) - Spider Baby ! - Wander the Beistle HQ with Heidi -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Lion Disguise 8"x10" Acrylic on wood Sometimes Eleanor wants to become something very fierce. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you Megan! I don't have plans to sell sewn items in the foreseeable future, but thanks for asking. : )
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I made this little bear for a new bebe. I went into this with delusions that I'd make a beautiful, heirloom teddy bear -- old-fashioned and soft mohair and shiny glass eyes. But when I set to work, this funny... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Eleanor & Claude 11x14 Acrylic on wood Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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is the best season. I'm living honeycrisp apple to honeycrisp apple and the smell of woodsmoke hangs in the air and there are heaps of pumpkins at the grocery store and talk turns to ghosts and baked things and sweaters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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A little sketch for something of some somethings at a party. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Now I am singing Taco From the Airport (I know, I know, it's inadvisable) to the tune of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZYCKNYxmrY
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2014 on fish taco from an airport at angry chicken
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Thinking about the Eleanor series inspiration... I guess I know a little bit about being an indoor girl who hangs out with a cat all day. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Alistair 8"x10" Alistair is Eleanor's other cat. The three of them live together in their little apartment with drafty windows. Alistair is gentle and shy and quick to steal the warmth from laps. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Claude 8"x10" Back in Eleanor's world, this is her black cat, Claude. Claude is a girl-cat, though her name has caused much confusion. Eleanor named her after Claudine, the troublemaker heroine of her favorite novels by Colette. Claude is mercurial... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Bess, Maude, Frances, Matilda & Maryanne are on the cover of the newest issue of Tin House. Tin House* is a quarterly literary magazine, a preserve for written things: wildly imagined things, wryly observed things and unclassifiable things, poems and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Aw! Thank you for this!!! ♥
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Portland (and anybody nearby!) come to the Day Dreamers book party at one of the sweetest children's book stores in the land, Green Bean Books. We will have treats to eat, freebies, reading, signing, and who knows what else? I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
:D :D :D
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on Day Dreamers ! at (Inside A Black Apple)