Category Archive: nursery rhymes

When the Wind Blows…

I have a friend who loves the wind. She grew up in western North Dakota. While I was holed up in the farmhouse during prairie gales, poring over the illustrations in The Wizard… Continue reading

Pass the Peas, Please!

There are two things I miss about living in north-central Montana: fresh-caught trout and garden peas. Though I love having an extra two weeks on the end of fall and an extra two… Continue reading

Jack-O-Lantern Smile

    Jack (c. 1972)                                              My mother, age 12 (c. 1949)… Continue reading

Complementary

  My best memories are of color. It is summer. I am two. My mother sets me in the red laundry basket on the lawn while she does what she needs to do… Continue reading

Cat and Mouse Detente

I’m working on a picture-book project using the old nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock” as a springboard. In my version, Jock Tock, the Clock Doc, every inch a professional, and every inch a… Continue reading

Jump-Scare

“Coffee and Tea” surprised me when I came across it in a compendium of Mother Goose rhymes. I had never heard the rhyme before, even though it would make a dandy jump rope… Continue reading

Coffee and Tea (and Roger and Me)

Recently I set myself a challenge: three 16” x 20” Mother Goose paintings. The first was a re-do of a piece I’d done years ago for “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!” Then I tackled a brand new… Continue reading

Pipe, Cat! Dance, Mouse!

  I admit it—I have “Mother” issues. Mother Goose, that is. Ever since my mother read to us from Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever (c. 1970), I’ve loved the old rhymes.  It’s… Continue reading

“Jack Built”

I’m working on preliminary drawings for a painting of “The House That Jack Built” and realizing, again, how editing an art piece resembles editing a manuscript.  I’d like to say they’re neat pyramid-type… Continue reading