Please Don’t Tickle the Daisies

It’s finished!  It’s here!  It’s wonderful! Last fall, I commissioned an ink and watercolor work by artist/illustrator/poet/future author Mark Pinto.  He won’t name it for me, but he said I could  give you a peek.  It’s a painting in two frames.  One represents what’s going on above ground, and the other is what is happening underground.  Above ground, the daisies have just been watered and are laughing hysterically because . . . . 

Mark Pinto Untitled 2007 children\'s book illustrator 

 Underground, the moles are licking the water off of their roots, tickling them!

Mark Pinto Untitled 2007 children\'s book illustrator 

 The detail is amazing.  He must have spent weeks on the dirt alone.  I’m just sorry the photo doesn’t do it justice.  Check out the one flower trying to pull itself out of the ground.  And the baby mole presenting the daisy to his mom–what is she freaking out about?  Hmmmmmm . . . .

 Any ideas for a name?  

Mark’s poetry is equally amazing, and although I don’t want to slow down the progress on his book, I have already commissioned another work from him.        

 

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