This is long overdue, but all of the computer issues I was dealing with about a month ago plus needing to re-draw a few of these illustrations devoured what precious little free time I have and forced me to choose between keeping up the daily pace of making art or slacking off and catching up on some other things. Things finally seem to be slowing down a bit and I am starting to wrap up some loose ends so I can finally and properly thank some of the kind bloggers who have posted about me recently. These are in no particular order.
First, artist Steve Loya, who seems to maintain several sites including his excellent “A Splotch Monster A Day” blog, was one of the recipients of poet JoAnne McKay’s excellent book Venti which included several illustrations by me. It still gives me a thrill to see my art properly printed up like this, and accompanying JoAnne’s ridiculously fantastic poetry. Steve posted two photographs of the book which I am going to shamefully steal with the caveat that this theft is only because I have not yet had the time to teach my digital camera to talk to the new computer (and am really not sure when I will) so for the time being I can not post any digital photos I’ve taken myself. Also, Steve, I am sincerely sorry for stealing these, and if you’d like me to take them down please don’t hesitate to let me know. Take a look at this...
...and there you can see my illustration for page 268 accompanying JoAnne’s poem “Octopodes.” Steve also wrote some very very kind words about me, and I appreciate that very much.
Both of JoAnne's books, The Fat Plant and Venti are remarkable and beautiful and you can still get them from JoAnne at her site. She is in Scotland, but she ships very fast! Steve's art is also just incredibly good and it looks as if he might have a book available as well although I haven't been able to find any links for purchasing it. Which is depressing because I'd really like to buy a copy. Or an original. Or both. You can see some images from the book at this post (scroll way down) and there is lots of amazing art to look at on any of Steve's sites.
This project was also mentioned at the Travel Between The Pages web site, right here in this post. It's a nice post in that the author mentions my web site as well as other Moby-Dick online resources as well.
Finally, while not a "mention" specifically, artist Kathryn Collins was kind enough to write to me and will soon be giving a new home to one of my Solar Brothers drawings. Kathryn is a great artist as well as a poet, and she shared with me her poem Three Jellyfish which she very perceptively connected with one of my drawings as well. Her work, both the art and the poetry, are deserving of further attention.
Alright, back to work for me now. Hard to believe there are less than 150 pages remaining. It almost makes me a bit sad, really.