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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.
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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 murcurial... 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)
Ha! Did you work there during the (incredibly sad & misguided) era of the "Re-grand openings"? It was pretty close to the end. Also, did you ever watch the video about how we could make it a more festive place by implementing things like roller skating (seriously) or throwing things ala Seattle Fish Market style? It was the kind of misguided thinking that only comes out of desperation. Wherehouse RIP
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on Books in the Wild at (Inside A Black Apple)
It's part of the Marvel universe.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on Books in the Wild at (Inside A Black Apple)
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My friend Crystal took this photo of the Dream book display, nestled at one of my favorite places, Land Shop & Gallery. I love that little stand so much! I actually have always thought, since my teenage days working at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
PS: I just spied that display yesterday for the first time. I love it!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Day Dreamers ! at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Day Dreamers ! at (Inside A Black Apple)
:D Aw, shucks.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Day Dreamers ! at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Today we release the dragons (and a whole bestiary of mythical creatures) - today Day Dreamers is out! It can be found at Barnes & Noble, Powell's, Amazon and your local shop How about some process images to celebrate? They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Thanks, Marta!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Day Dreamers Eve at (Inside A Black Apple)
♥ !
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You got it already! Yay!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Day Dreamers Eve at (Inside A Black Apple)
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My new picture book, the companion to Dream Animals, is released tomorrow. More soon, including Dragons! Unicorns! Three Headed Pups! Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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This gem is from Babar & His Children. I think it makes it into all-time-favorite children's illustration territory for me. The text is also great, in a Babar-ish way (it begins "Three seconds in which to act -- and no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Little cat, big cat, sketchbook, painting. I've been painting more in my sketchbook this year (rather than just drawing with pens & pencils). I like it so much, for planning & just for my own personal little tangents. These are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Eleanor 11"x14" Painting on wood A portrait of the heroine in an imaginary story about a solitary girl & her interior world. I'm hard at work on my next picture book, but a small series of these Eleanor paintings has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)