Everyone Needs Some Space
What Will You Be?
Bay of Naples
The Third Way
Death Without a Casserole
The Plastic Christmas Tree
Dot the Dragon's Eye
Everyone Needs Some SpaceWatercolor, gouache. Illustration for Wanderfull.be.
Non-Newtonian SolidsThis illustration for a poem by Robert Grappel celebrates the wonder of these extraordinary substances in our everyday lives. Gouache.
Blenheim CemetaryIllustration for a poem about Blenheim Cemetery. The poet and I were both stricken by the cultural reverberations of smokestacks juxtaposed with Jewish graves. The stars in the sky could as easily be falling ash. Collage, watercolor, gouache.
What Will You Be?Daughter Inspiration. This is part of a project which explores the aspirations of girls.
Raw MaterialsIllustration for a poem entitled "Raw Materials" by Robert Grappel. The poem breaks down the elements that make up a living body. I ran with the poet's references to the periodic table and star stuff, with an allusion of my own to the Vitruvian Man. Colored pencil on graph paper.
FlightThis illustration for a poem entitled "baggage charges" by Robert Grappel plays with the concept of lightness of being, wonder, and being swept away.
Bay of NaplesThis illustration for a poem evokes the view of the coast of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Mention is made in the poem of lemon trees, but the olives and bougainvillea are my own addition to deepen the Mediterranean theme. Media include watercolor pencil and ink.
Bon VoyageThis illustration for a poem evokes the dazzle of light on water and a distinct Florida vibe. Media include watercolor and gouache.
The Third WayIllustration for a poem about learning new ways to do things we thought we were comfortable with. For me the poem immediately evoked the concept of "The Fool's Journey" in Tarot mythology. Colored pencil, ink.
Quantum SchedulingRobert Grappel's poem did not make specific mention of Schrodinger's cat, but it was a natural extension of the concept. Marker, Photoshop.
Death Without a CasseroleThis illustration is for a poem by Robert Grappel about how mourning after divorce goes un-assuaged by the friendly visits, flowers, and casseroles mourners often receive after the death of a loved one. Collage, watercolor, gouache.
The Plastic Christmas TreeThis poem by Robert Grappel really made me think of Charlie Brown's little Christmas tree, only in pink plastic and tinsel. For this collage I used gouache, cardboard, cut paper, and silver wire.
Dot the Dragon's EyeThis illustration for a poem depicts the moment a painting comes to life with the final touch of the painter. I enjoyed the double meaning of this while I painted it myself. Watercolor, tea.
My EruvThis illustration for a poem deals with the intersection of individuality and personal growth that occurs when two people join their lives together and partake of one another's interests.
PentimentoCD cover for musician and artist Alex Mirkin. Ink, Photography, Photoshop.
GiftsCover illustration for "Gifts" a collection of poems by Robert Grappel. The poet felt that each poem was a gift, and that they came to him in a revelatory manner. He also cited his love of the spiritual works of Marc Chagall. In this way we settled on the imagery and style. Chalk pastel.
ManzanarCover illustration for a book of collected poems by Robert Grappel entitled "Manzanar." The title poem is about the Japanese internment camp by that name. The poet supplied me with the plan of the camp to use in the design, in which I attempted to capture the many poignant ironies dealt with in the poem. Photoshop.
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