Can you find my bird?

Work in progress, Gardener Girl
Here's a work in progress, currently titled Gardener Girl. I wanted to post because 1. there's a bird, which happens to be our word-of-the-month and 2. I'm totally enjoying working on this project.

Thanks for taking a look. You can find more illustrations happening on my Studio With A View Blog.
Happy June to everybody!
Cathy Morrison


An exhibition piece from Japan days - the show was one of the biggest I held in Tokyo, sponsored by the WWF, and was on the theme of encouraging a love of the natural world through fantasy and imagination. 
John Shelley

Robin's Egg Blue

From a book about Spring.
 It's always so amazing to see a robin's egg.

John Nez

I always feel like...

...somebody's watching me.
by Patrick Girouard

Memorial Day Breakfast. Historical Destination.

Bill Hoffman proud Veteran
 Took my Vietnam Veteran Husband out to The Town Common in Hopedale MA today to celebrate Memorial day. A young couple (who we didn't know) bought our breakfast! How nice was that? They left with out a word, we didn't get a chance to thank them

The Town Common is a new discovery for me. I am always in search of
perfect breakfast spots and this one ranks high. The location across from a park and beautiful old stone church is gorgeous. Breakfast is served on Fiesta wear in a variety of colors. You can watch the owner cook your delicious meal from and opening looking into the tidy kitchen, and the waitresses are amazing (one helpful gal helped me when I could not shut of the data sucking app Waze!)

Below is a bit of cool history about this scenic little town.

Outside Town Common
 Hopedale Community, a Utopian dream becomes a self-contained Company Town

 Founded in in 1842 Adin Ballou and his followers purchased 600 acres of land on which they built homes for the community members, chapels and factories.
Ballou believed that he could create a Utopian community blending the features of a factory town with those of a religion-based commune. The community stood for temperance, abolitionism, women's rights, spiritualism  and education.

Fourteen years later the intentional community was converted into a textile factory town. The factories were purchased by George and Ebenezer Draper.

In side Town Common. refinished old wood and brick.
The Drapers believed that good houses make good workers and created a model self-contained company town with one of the best collections of architecturally significant double houses in the country, built on hills and in valleys in garden settings which preserved the views. The company charged low rents, and provided high quality housing, impeccable maintenance and recreation opportunities. Workers left their handsomely designed duplex houses to walk to work, then left work to play in company parks or stroll along company streets. 
Side door leading into Town Hall. Stained glass windows not visible.
 The Town Common Restaurant is in the Town Hall. The architecture inside and out is grand. We drove around the town of well designed houses imagining what a great place it must have been for the factory workers of long ago.

The planned community with innovative 19th and early 20th century employee housing, remain essentially intact today.

John Nez - Pandas

Here's my Panda... from my book 'Peter Panda's Meltdown!'  A fabulous and forgotten book...

This April it's raining babies on the blog

Illustration from Baby on Board, How Animals Carry Their Young
April's theme is "baby", so here's an illustration of a baby I illustrated for Baby on Board, How Animals Carry Their Young, written by Marianne Berkes and published by Dawn Publications. It was fun to illustrate a book of babies because what's cuter than a baby person, penguin, anteater, wolf spider..., I could go on.
You can see more on my Studio With a View Blog.
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

It Takes Love...

Pages from "It Takes Love (and some other stuff) To Make A Baby, by L.L. Bird
Illustrated by Patrick Girouard

Weather Related...

Pecos Bill rides a tornado to carve out the Grand Canyon.  Yup, that's how it got there.

American Legends & Tall Tales  Coloring Book
Retold and Illustrated by 

Work in progess ~ Snowstorm

Snowstorm in the Redwood Forest ~ illustrated by Susan Swan
Digital art
A spread for a book I'm working on for Charlesbridge.

and another work in progress ~ Lightning Storm


From 'Peter and the Bogeyman'
One of the first picture books I illustrated many years ago, long out of print.
(Apologies for the poor scan)

Illustrated by June Goulding