Finalized - Dust Jackets for G.G. Becker's Rodney-Winslow Mystery Series

All throughout my childhood, my mom was writing books while my brother and I were at school.  We would come home around 3 o'clock to snacks of apples and cheddar cheese and regale our mom with the day's stories.  I never really knew exactly what her day entailed, but there was evidence of her writing by the sofa: her long-hand writing on yellow legal pads, a smattering of dull and sharply pointed pencils, an unfolded blanket and an empty water glass, perhaps some pretzel rods.  It was curious and inspiring.  She would read her writing to us some nights.  In these days, they were Viking tales. 

I was a bit young at that time to understand much, and I drifted in and out.  In the end, I think my brother heard more of them than I did.  Through the years her stories have changed and I have read them.  They are good.  Her latest writings are mysteries, the Rodney-Winslow mystery series to be precise.  She invited me to make the covers ages ago, and they have been a long time coming.  Thankfully, she is patient.  It was hard for me to find the time but so rewarding to experience translating my mom’s writing to picture.  Collaborating with G.G. has been very cool.

The hard cover books are at press right now and I cannot wait to share them with my mom.  She has no idea that they are on the way!  Here are the dust jackets for the first three books in the series:

You can read the Kindle editions here!

Many Thanks to the Coloring Volunteers!!!

After speaking on the Untitled Art Show about my Powers of Ten series, I've been thinking again about the wonderful individuals who helped me out with all of the coloring that had to be done for this series.  As I ran out of time to finish the drawings on my own, so many people came to help.  The coloring circles were amazing gatherings, and I was thrilled with how much everyone enjoyed the activity.  Adults love coloring and thrive in the meditative process.   Here are some photos of these tremendous individuals.

I think I managed to get an image of everyone - my incredibly supportive and infinitely loving Mom and Dad; my patient, encouraging and spectacular husband Mathias Leppitsch; my great great friend Jessica Riquetti who came out from Oakland to help; Tallie Dietz who tirelessly helped many many days and hours upon hours at a time; Liz Green who dedicated so many hours and much enthusiasm; Sabin Aell and Randy Rushton, Rachel Prago, Chase DeForest, Libby Saeger, Jamie Marchbank, Philip May, Gretchen Schaefer, Rebecca Peebles, Cindy Frigard, Jeremiah Hueske, John Grimberg, Jose Medina, Janice Schindler, Andi Todaro, Adam Gildar, Sander Lindeke, Owen Gordon, Whitney Stephens and Lindsay Roome.  You are all such generous, creative and joyful people.  I am so happy to have you in my community!  Thank you!

Botanical Plate Collaboration with Asya Palatova of Gleena Ceramics

In 2007 I collaborated with Asya Palatova of Gleena Ceramics on a set of plates.  Her work is truly lovely with all of her porcelain tableware pieces handmade by Asya in her studio in Pawtucket, RI.  This collaboration was brainstormed by the wondrous Sara Grady as a wedding gift for a dear friend of ours.   Sara now works as Vice President of Programming at Glynwood Farm which is located in the lower Hudson Valley in Cold Spring, NY.  She writes for Edible Hudson Valley and created a great film about Glynwood Farm.  I miss her! It was such an honor to work with these women on this project.  Our friend was married in Joshua Tree National Park, and in celebration of this, the illustrations depict various joshua tree blossoms.  I would LOVE to get these plates into production.

     Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

      Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova
Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova
 Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

Botanical illustrations by Pattie Lee Becker & Plates by Asya Palatova

Peanut People

Elyse Allen, artist and designer extraordinaire, taught me how to make both rope and peanut people.  She is a remarkable woman.  I know of very few artists who can make stunningly gorgeous things while actively pursuing the art of play.  Once we collaborated on a whole troupe of peanut people circus performers.  They were incredible.  Elyse is a favorite of mine and I do believe a good peanut people making session is in high order. But be careful if you make them, because once I had a large family of peanut people in a cold non-winterized sun room that I avoided until warmer weather, and upon returning to it in the Spring, I found a slaughter - all of my little friends had been gnawed away by mice!

Peanut People by Pattie Lee Becker & Inspired by Elyse Allen
Peanut People by Pattie Lee Becker & Inspired by Elyse Allen

Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo

Poetry reading and sculptural performance for the chapbook launch of Dana Elkun's Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo.  Performed at Endden Bellegrade in Boulder, Colorado on 18 March 2010.  Read by Dana Elkun.  Designed & Performed by Pattie Lee Becker and Lacey Coover.

 Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo book signing

Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo book signing

 Pre-show at Endden Bellegrade

Pre-show at Endden Bellegrade

 Pre-show: curtain going up

Pre-show: curtain going up

 "The Iridologist said, ...."  (performance)

"The Iridologist said, ...."  (performance)

 "The Iridologist said, ...."  (performance)

"The Iridologist said, ...."  (performance)

 "Less You" (performance)

"Less You" (performance)

 "Less You" (performance)

"Less You" (performance)

 "The Essence of the Owl" (performance)

"The Essence of the Owl" (performance)

 "The Essence of the Owl" (performance)

"The Essence of the Owl" (performance)

 "Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo" (performance)

"Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo" (performance)

 "Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo" (performance)

"Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo" (performance)

"Black Box Theater as Abandoned Zoo" Performance

"Ropes" Artcards and Coloring Books

Ropes at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art runs from 5 Febraury through 23 May 2010. To commemorate the series, a Coloring Book and Artcard Set with letter-pressed hang tags were developed with designer Justin Fuller of Pencil + Paper and printed and bound by Brad O'Sullivan of Smokeproof Press.

 Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes, 8 Artcards for hanging and mailing, January 2010

Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes, 8 Artcards for hanging and mailing, January 2010

 Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes Artcard Hang Tags, January 2010

Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes Artcard Hang Tags, January 2010

 Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes Coloring Book, January 2010

Pattie Lee Becker, Ropes Coloring Book, January 2010