Julie Paschkis is a painter and award-winning illustrator of many children’s books, including Flutter and Hum / Aleto y Zumbido, P. Zonka Lays an Egg, and Apple Cake: A Love Story. A love of pattern and of folk art shows in all her work. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her online at JuliePaschkis.com.
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It began as a ditty in my head over 25 years ago: There once was a Christmas crocodile A crocka-a-crocka-a-crocodile Who said with a wicked and cunning smile “I shall eat the Christmas tree unless, you see, I get exactly … Continue reading →
So, it’s Wednesday night, I’m in Massachusetts visiting friends, and I go to sleep wondering who might be named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Maybe the perennial front runner, Haruki Murakami. Maybe the playwright, Tom Stoppard … Continue reading →
I dropped by Julie Paschkis’ the other day while I was searching for a topic for this blogpost. Her friend Marjorie was sitting at the kitchen table. “Write about your favorite book as a child,” Marjorie suggested and began to … Continue reading →
Hot off the presses- here is First Light,First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story,written by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by me, andpublished by Henry Holt. Paul wove together creation stories from 24 different countries. My job was to connect these stories visually. … Continue reading →
When I wrote my last post, I had just leftLondon for Seattle. I am over my jet-lag now and my cultural re-entry is underway. It is great to reconnect with friends and family on the same continent, but I DO … Continue reading →
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead I collect images of books in art. And, just as philosopher Alfred North Whitehead noted, I love to find … Continue reading →
My sister just came home from her two-week vacation in London. She had what sounds like a glorious time while there – went to the British Museum, the Tate, the Courtauld Gallery, the Old Bailey, the British Library, searched for … Continue reading →
The floweristas convene in a big workroom at the back of Orcas Center on the morning of the concert. Fresh from their gardens, they bring magenta hollyhocks, bright blue hydrangeas, fat white roses, squiggly branches and phlox. The workroom buzzes … Continue reading →
Coming up with ideas is the nub, the hub and the rub of what I do. But where do ideas come from? I don’t have a simpleanswer. But I do have ideas about ideas. Here are a few of them: … Continue reading →
When I wrote my last post for this blog, I had just moved out of our rented home in London. With most of our belongingsheaded to Seattle in a shipping container, my husband, daughter and I felt like tourists … Continue reading →