Archive for February, 2010

Early Sketches by Kelly Murphy

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Here’s an early sketch by artist Kelly Murphy for the cover of “Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth.”  I like the way she’s captured the conflict between Mary Mae and her mother, and the way the rain is coming down in a music score pattern.  As you can see, the book was once called “Mrs. Noah.”

First Rough

The Finished Cover

Isn’t the cover great?  You can see more of Kelly’s work on her website, (http://www NULL.kelmurphy Below is another rough sketch, but all of us, including the artist, liked the first better.   

Second Rough

More Puppets by Ashley Bryan

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Three puppets made from found objects, the first a lamp base

Puppet made from wine glass and sleeve

Elegant Puppets

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Puppets made from animal skulls and bones


I visited Ashley Bryan two years ago and he showed me some of the puppets he’s made.  For the head he’ll use found objects such as animal skulls and shells, and for the body, old clothing, sometimes just a sleeve.  Then he’ll finished it off with trinkets and chains and other odd bits he collects.