Secret Wild Pig Sketches Revealed

Secret Wild Pig Sketches Revealed

Posted by on Mar 19, 2010 in Children's books, Paul's sketchbook | 2 Comments

A Painting without a good drawing behind it is like a body without a skeleton, like a jelly­fish of of water. Well, almost. We usually don’t look at each other’s bones, but they are there under­neath, forming what we see about a person. They are the unseen essence that gives form to life. Same thing […]

Mr. Goethe and field sketching

Mr. Goethe and field sketching

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in Children's books, Paul's sketchbook | One Comment

Outside us in space there spreads the immea­sur­able world. Inside us is our world of soul. We do not notice how what lives inside us flashes out and unites with what lives outside us. We are unaware of being the arena in which this union takes place. – Rudolph Steiner, from the lecture series, “The […]

From Mr. Goethe: Quote of the day

Posted by on Sep 4, 2009 in Children's books, Paul's sketchbook | No Comments

Gate at Goethe’s Gartenhaus, water­color by Paul Mirocha, Weimar, 2002 I was going over my travel journals recently and found the one from the trip I made to Weimar, Germany in August 2002. I was there with author, Diana Cohn, to research the art for her picture book, Mr. Goethe’s Garden. This book tells the […]

Are armadillos really amazing? The truth comes out.

Are armadillos really amazing? The truth comes out.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2009 in Children's books | No Comments

Well, consider this: Can you jump three times your body height, straight up into the air? Can you roll into a ball to protect yourself from a mean dog? Can you walk under water on the bottom of a stream while holding your breath for ten minutes? Can you dig a hole in the ground fast enough […]

The Story of Hitam Manis: the Origins of the Bees

The Story of Hitam Manis: the Origins of the Bees

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Children's books | 2 Comments

A reading from The Bee Tree. Turn the lights down low.… AFTER sunset, all of the honey hunters gather around Grandfather while he tells the tradi­tional story of the bees. LONG AGO, a beautiful servant girl named Hitam Manis worked in the Sultan’s palace. She and the Sultan’s son fell in love. He called her “Sweet Dark […]

A Black Mamo’s Story

Posted by on May 5, 2009 in Children's books | 2 Comments

FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, life was sweet for us black mamos. We lived like everyone else on Hawaii, taking it easy, hanging loose. We did what we had evolved to do: sip sweet nectar from curved, tubular and very abundant Lobelia flowers with our sickle-shaped bills. We weren’t pretty, but that was fine with us. […]

Mr. Goethe’s Garden

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Children's books | One Comment

To know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit–this makes the earth for us an inhab­ited garden.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe By Diana Cohn  illus­trated by Paul Mirocha published by Bell Pond Books, a division of Steiner Books “Mr. Goethe, how did you ever […]

The Bee Tree

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Children's books | No Comments

For almost a decade, Tucson desert dwellers Paul Mirocha and Steve Buchmann, along with co-author, Diana Cohn from Sausalito, CA, have been traveling to the Malaysian rain forest, half a world away, to work on The Bee Tree, a new children’s picture book, featuring paint­ings by Paul Mirocha, published by Cinco Puntos Press in April 2007. […]