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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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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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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)
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I started a mailing list for infrequent & noteworthy dispatches! You can sign up here, if you'd like. I have never had a mailing list before, but I want to be able to let people know when something big is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I don't want all of this to be over but I want sweaters to come back. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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These Day Dreamers postcards just came from the printer & we started sending them out with orders this week. The new book arrives August 26th - then you will meet this little library boy & all his pals! Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I Saw Her in the Library 11"x14"x1" Acrylic on wood I really liked painting all those tiny books. It was kind of meditative, stripe after stripe after stripe. I love the way bookshelves become ribbons of color. This is new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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1. I put almost every kind of rose I have in a jar and brought it to a friend. 2. Jude the Obscure is one of my favorite novels & also the name of a floppy, faded peachy English rose.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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June is so gracious. I go out into the garden every day and usually come back with a jar of something. Then I marvel to Josiah (who listens for the hundredth time) about how it all happens, about how it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
I've been getting a lot of emails about this lately - thanks for looking out for me! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2014 on Dragons are Coming at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Sometimes you will find you need a Thomas Hardy paperback, an old tea tin, some military die-cuts, a piece of sari silk printed with elephants, and cat stickers. Maybe you also need some notecards printed with hundred-year-old images of Multnomah... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I realized that my next picture book, Day Dreamers (the companion for Dream Animals) comes out in just two months! Soon it will be in the world, this adventure of wandering minds & hearts into the land of mythical creatures... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I had been wishing for a nice celestial globe for a while, and this gem finally came to me. They are much more scarce than their terrestrial cousins, and the nice ones (the really, really, really nice ones, illustrated in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Aw, thank you Jennie! :)
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on This Year's Liberty Dress at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I've decided to make a tradition out of trying to make a new Summer dress out of Liberty cotton every year. It would be so nice to build a little stockpile over of the years. This is last year's, and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Yep!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on Sketchbook Paintings at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Some messy little sketchbook paintings that might turn into something... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Clockwise: Real-fur figure with painted mouth, Fur-embellished Polar Bear postcard, Flocked Brown Bear postcard, Flocked metal figure, Good Luck Bear in crate I've been thinking of some of the mini-collections of things I've (intentionally or unintentionally) accumulated. I have a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you from the both of us!
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And in the process, his slippers fell off. Regards from Miette, his Royal Roundness Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
There was so much to love about Mortified, which we should discuss IRL, but I will just say: I wore a blue Polo, wide-leg jeans, and I ate Hamburger Helper. Peace, one love.
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A color sketch from work on my next picture book. As a friend pointed out, the panda does look like he's been poisoned & knows he's done for. Although these are mostly a preparation step, I love them for their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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That looks wonderful!!!
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I'm always losing my mind a little bit over a lot of things. Right this minute, it goes something like: thoughts of my next picture book, balloons, Manet's portraits, Babar, muffins, girls in blouses, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, sewing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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These old friends are one of my favorite sights in one of my favorite places. They were the first thing I saw when I visited the Museum of Natural History for the first time, ducking out of the hot, crowded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at (Inside A Black Apple)