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Page 3, Pop!

Hi all y’all!

Here we are… President Obama’s last day as president. It does feel momentous.

I am writing here today to share page 3 of the book I am illustrating. If I seem cryptic about the book, it is because it is mostly top secret. So far, we have Baby, Momma, and Pop. I will be starting Tía soon.

I relaxed slightly while painting Pop. I am about as nervous as if I was creating a commissioned painting now. pop

Pop is watching a New Orleans Pelicans game. I wanted to give him cigarettes or a beer, but this is a children’s book.

Framed on the wall is Gator Girl’s painting of Swamp Girl. Swamp Girl is also the first page in the book Maggie Pokorn and I are co-writing.

Next to Swamp Girl are Silent Chimes, by the local artist Kat Ryalls. I received, by request, Silent Chimes for Christmas. They look amazing on my bedroom wall. I don’t do them justice here.

This house looks so much like my house.

Stay tuned. There are 19 pages. Pretty soon I imagine my non-painting life will slow down enough to paint maybe 3 pages a month.

Thanks for reading!


Gator Girl


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The Threads Project

Hi all y’all!

My friend Kat Ryalls is on the road for the 3rd year in a row. She is one of my heroes. Each year she sells her art, sublets her house and camps out by herself. I don’t think I can explain this idea as well as Kat. Please check her website. There is a link there (and here) for The Threads Project

Driving solo.
Driving solo.

“I have been on the road a month now, exploring, painting and trying to embrace a simple idea that I am enough. This is the idea and thought I am writing the participants of my Threads Project this summer as I mail out little watercolors and begin sewing on a large tapestry to represent how we are all threads in each other’s lives.

Over and over again as I see something new, as a color explodes in nature in front of me, as beauty unfolds in ways I could have never imagined, I keep hearing myself say as if in disbelief and wonder “this exists”. This exists. Love exists. Beauty exists. Hope exists. The gift of community exists. … But the contrast to beauty and love and forgiveness and peace also exists. Hearing news recently on the radio, breathlessly I felt myself say it as well, “this exists” in the same sort of disbelief. Yet last night I witnessed from my tent the moon light the sky with brilliance. And I’ve seen tiny little lightening bugs do their part as well. Light is far stronger than darkness.

If you would like to contribute a “thread” to the tapestry I am working on you are invited to mail me a small (~12″ ) piece of fabric, or a poem, or a note that I can sew into the work.

2902 Ursulines avenue B New Orleans, LA 70119

Once I get back to New Orleans mid August I will begin preparing for upcoming shows and markets this fall. Stay tuned for those announcements.

Thank you all for your support, for reaching out a for being so wonderful to me.

Best wishes,


Kat writing.
Kat sketching.

It is nearly impossible to choose any art to place here. There is a wide, hugely wide, variety and everything is amazing. Here is a random choosing.

Kat with art.
Kat with art.

It is with so much pleasure that I share Kat Ryalls with you.

This exists.

Gator Girl