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"Come unto these yellow sands, and then take hands. Courtsied when you have, and kiss’d, the wild waves whist." - William Shakespeare

I do try to be neutral, to appreciate all of my illustrations with proper parental neutrality, but alas I still succumb to having favorites. My most recent is a project completed under the expert guidance of art director Elizabeth Novack for Inside Counsel magazine’s April issue, to accompany an article on the legal complications involved for passengers aboard January’s Costa Concordia shipwreck off the coast of Italy.

From dozens of ideas to the best three, I found myself journeying through the dark seas of mythical monsters to the floating world of paper boats while I searched for imagery that would convey the article’s topic and its respect for the emotional impact of the legal complications faced by the tragedy’s victims. With the gentle, somber mermaid selected for the final painting, I think we achieved precisely that.

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""To sleep, perchance to dream" - William Shakespeare

Desynchronosis is the medical term for jetlag. After crossing through or over every possible time zone, after losing an entire calendar day and then five weeks later gaining most of it back, I can agree with this description of feeling chronologically misaligned, of being the one pendulum in the clockshop serenely swinging out of synch.

Time-told tales are on my mind today: Thief of Time, Sombra del Viento, Luka and the Fire of Life, … and especially The Last Unicorn with its awkward wizard, Schmendrick, whose age was frozen in time until he came into his full power.

Having now shocked the inhabitants of six more countries with the lack of expected age-signs in my 37 year-old face, I am feeling particularly close to Schmendrick this week, at our similar accumulation of journeys while we search and stumble ever closer to the events that will reveal to ourselves the full power we always had.

A toast to you, Schmendrick, to catching up on sleep, “perchance to dream.”

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"This is the very coinage of your brain.” -  William Shakespeare

Mere weeks away from completing GloGlop , every brushstroke colors gleeful new life in a now impatiently waiting bookworld. From studios half a world apart, the text and emerging images of this tale have been my companion for nearly three years. Each painting itself has been a journey, moving not only the story forward, but myself as well; we have been each other’s vessel for traveling through time. As with all of my books, it is coinage I feel very fortunate to spend.

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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” -  William Shakespeare

Is it coincidence or kismet? I started painting the images for my current book GloGlop almost three years ago, each squeezed carefully from the hours beyond dayjobs. The first painting completed was of a glowing bunny, for the dedication page, one of many who continue to find their way out of the paint. Now, only scant months from completing the book, smack in the middle of this Year of the Rabbit, there does seem to be a bit of hare-y kismet in the air…

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