Thursday, June 26, 2014

So, What's Next? (More Books, More Adventures!)

You might think after all the work involved in getting three books published in as many weeks that I'd be giving serious thought to taking a nice, long vacation. (Well, I will admit that the thought had crossed my mind.) But I've go s-o-o much material, and I feel like I'm kind of on a roll. So, I think I'll just keep on going till it's time to leave on the next adventure.

The Next Two Books --

Coming soon to an iBookstore near you!

Before I turn my attention to the next volume in the Drawn to Adventure series, I'm going to take a bit of time to finish up a two-volume series entitled The North Cascades: A Tale of Two Seasons. Volume 1 (Spring) documents the sights, sounds, and adventure -- through journals, blog posts, drawings, paintings, maps, videos, and sound recordings -- of my first season as North Cascades National Park's artist-in-residence in Stehekin, WA.

Adding finishing touches to one illustration panel...

The book is rapidly nearing completion (almost all of the text has been completed, and about three-fourths of the "visuals" are now in place) and, with a finished length of 130+ pages, this will easily be my most ambitious (and most profusely illustrated) book project to date.

...and underway with another.

Volume 2 (Fall) too is currently "in production" and will tell the story of our (my son and daughter were invited by the park service to join me as fellow A-i-Rs) second season as NCNP artists-in-residence.

I'll post regular updates here on the books' progress. And, in the meantime, I'd live to hear back from readers of the first three books. What did you like (or dislike) about the book(s) you read? What would you like to se more of? Was there anything you'd like to see less of?

Book Reviews --

Do you publish your own blog or write a newspaper/magazine column? Would you be interested in reviewing one (or more) of my books in exchange for a free copy of the book(s)? If so, please contact me and let's have a chat.

The Call of the Wild --

Why the unusual (and slightly uncomfortable) sketching position? 
(Watch the video below and see.)

After a few days in the studio or at the computer I have to heed the siren call of The "out-of-doors" (and, preferably the out-of-town out-of-doors.) So, at regular intervals you can expect a post that finds me and my day kit on sketching safari -- always with artwork included, sometimes even with step-by-step videos.

(I try to think of the "breeze", road traffic, and lawn crew as "aids" in honing my concentration skills.)

Far Away Places and Open Spaces --

And sometimes the wanderlust bug really bites deep. When I can no longer resist the siren-song (OK, admittedly, I don't try very hard to "resist.") you can expect posts as I hit the highways, byways, and even airways in search of new adventures -- and (if I'm really lucky) the subject for yet another "interactive, multi-media" book project.

PS, This is my first attempt at uploading video directly to Blogger instead of via YouTube. Please let me know what you think (and expect additional video posts soon.)



  1. Earnest, I tried to find an email address for you to discuss the possibility of reviewing your books on my blog but the link on your website doesn't seem to work. If you're interested, and if you're talking about sketching books of any kind, contact me at

  2. Earnest- It's hard to imagine being that productive! Congratulations on all the fabulous progress you are making!