The Potager du Prince is an adorable interactive garden/museum in Chantilly that lies on the remainder of the grand garden that served the castle. Here most of the food for the nobility residing, or visiting, the castle was grown or raised. We had a wonderful up-close view of rabbits, goats, pidgeons, chickens, and many different fruits and vegetables. It’s the sort of museum that I love to draw in!
I got the chance to sit in on a Montessori class the other day, and enjoyed drawing the toddlers pouring water all over the place. When they focus their faces become limp and their bodies move with a determination that is unlike their movements otherwise. It is darling to watch, may we all have that concentration!
Charles Marville photographed Paris as it was converting to boulevards and grand buildings, and the photos he took show us what was left of a ancient city turned medieval city turned modern city…breathtakingly romantic and festering at the same time.
The drawing above was from one of his photographs that I can’t seem to find now, but you get the idea of the light and darks of the narrow streets, and the deteriorating buildings. You’ll find such narrow streets in the Marais area of Paris still, but the rest of the city has wide streets with grand buildings which replace what would have been many streets back in the day.
It was this setting whose rooftops were the initial inspiration for all those rooftop rabbit paintings!
We made it to the top of the roof! Just in time to watch the sun set. Gosh…now how do we get down?
Continuing my little daydream about chasing a rabbit over the rooftops of Paris, this is what happens after you work up the courage to jump out that window!
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After my last trip to France I kept daydreaming of rooftops and chimneys, so now I’m working on a Children’s Book project about a boy afraid of heights chasing his grandmother’s escaped rabbit across the rooftops of Paris. Now, let’s just pretend that there is no gravity and no danger and that nobody ever falls, ok?!
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In the following few illustrations I’ve done, I’ve been paying more attention to the edges–it’s a opportunity to make things interesting!
Karen contacted me for a very special Father’s Day commission for a trio of lovely individuals: her husband, son, and their beagle. Her son adores his daddy, and loves the romping outdoorsy aspect of summer. I think we have a farmer on our hands with his love for daddy’s ‘tractor’ (Lawnmower) and barns! I produced 3 roughs for Karen to choose from, below.
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She went with one of the more fantastical ones, much to my delight!
Here are a few close-ups:
Thank you, Karen! What a wonderful family you have!
These books are so adorable I will go ahead and call them ‘adorbs’. They are… they are simply totes adorbs, my peeps.
And I had the very great pleasure of doing the lettering for this book! You can see my best Boings below, pre-cleanup. Many Boings went into making this book. Boings abound.
Anna Banana Sleep Tight comes out in June, enjoy it at bedtime and any other time!