Mr. Goethe’s Garden

April 20, 2009By PaulChildren's books

“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 … Read More

A Giant Saguaro Poster

April 6, 2009By PaulNews

View the Saguaro poster in detail. This 6 foot tall poster, illustrated by Paul Mirocha and designed by Campana Design for the National Park System, is a height chart for kids. However, it also makes a great design statement for almost any decor. I can’t define that design statement except to say that the saguaro definitely … Read More

Toss Your Cookies

April 1, 2009By PaulNews

Paul’s llustrations for “Toss Your Cookies”, a new award-winning game by Gamewright. At, where “real men play board games,” game industry reviewer Tom Vasel had this to say about “Toss Your Cookies”: With wonderful drawings and terrific, sturdy components, Toss Your Cookies is a nice variant on the game idea introduced in the public domain “spoons”. Players are … Read More

Tucson Origins: Cultural Heritage Tourism

April 1, 2009By PaulNews

Tucson in 1810: an imaginary view from Sentinel Peak (click image for detail) This project was an illustrated interpretive guide for the San Agustín Mission Garden reconstruction in the Tucson Origins Heritage Park. The challenge was this: nothing exists of the former buildings and garden–the area has been a landfill for decades. My painting of … Read More

Malaysia Trip Journal 2007

April 1, 2009By PaulTravel

Two sisters selling JAMBU AIR, or water apples, Malaysia (photo:Paul Mirocha) After 8 years of working on The Bee Tree, a children’s book publishedin April 2007 by Cinco Puntos Press, co-author Steve Buchmann and I, Paul Mirocha,the illustrator, returned triumphantly to Malaysia with printed copies of thebook to hand out to our Malaysian friends, hosts, … Read More

The Bee Tree

March 30, 2009By PaulChildren's books

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 … Read More

The Art of Business Thinking

September 4, 2008By PaulThe Art of Business

A slide presentation given by Paul Mirocha for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators International meetingin Ithaca, New York, July, 2008.  …. Introduction: Why think about business? If you’ve ever sold a piece of your art, you’re in the Art Business. That may be a little uncomfortable at first, even represent a fundamental paradigm shift, … Read More

One Bee Tree: $1,483.44

March 29, 2007By PaulTravel

In a new article today in The Star, my question, “What is the bee tree worth in Malaysian ringgits?” that I asked in my previous blog entry is answered. A bee tree is worth about 5,600RM. That’s 1,483.44 US dollars. ___________________________ NationThursday March 29, 2007 Dept. probes illegal logging in Pedu rainforest Story and picture … Read More

Steve’s letter to The Star

March 29, 2007By PaulTravel

Steve Buchmann and I both wrote letters to the editor after reading The Star’s article “Honeyman feels the sting” of March 22. Steve’s letter was printed in the Opinion page of The Star, largest English newspaper in Malaysia, last Wednesday, March 28, 2007. I’ll quote it here: The buzz about Kedah’s bee trees IN FEBRUARY, … Read More

The saga continues: more news from Pedu Lake

March 27, 2007By PaulTravel

Emails from Steve and I to Tunku Shahariah, the reporter who wrote the Star article “Honeyman feels the sting” about the endangered bee trees of Pedu Lake produced a gratifying response. She had already gone personally to Pedu Lake with the local forestry director, Kasim Osman, and Pak Teh to inspect the damage and this … Read More

Further Conversations with Makhdzir

March 26, 2007By PaulTravel

The day after our meeting with the Sultan of Kedah, Makhdzir and I were driving together to Alor Star. We dropped “The Steves” off in the forest to do whatever scientist guys do out there. As you might guess by now, Makhdzir and I had another interesting talk. We were on our way to pick … Read More

The bee tree: should we cut it down?

March 22, 2007By PaulTravel

JUST A FEW WEEKS after our trip to Malaysia to hand out printed copies of The Bee Tree, I received an email from my friend Prof. Makhdzir Mardan in Malaysia saying that he had gotten a worried and upset call from Salleh Mohammed Noor, our friend, the hero of “The Bee Tree” affectionately nicknamed Pak … Read More

Going Solo

March 19, 2007By PaulTravel

I USUALLY WRITE “HOLIDAY” on my immigration card in the blank that asks for the purpose of my trip. It’s not a lie, but it is not really true. I have a secret mission. I’m not necessarily laying on the beach or sitting in bars sipping margaritas. Although I might be. I am there to … Read More

The Honey Hunt

March 13, 2007By PaulTravel

[Note: you can enlarge the photographs by clicking on them. Then use your browser’s back button to return to the blog] Tuesday, February 13, 2007, SunsetThe bee tree: somewhere in the forest near Pedu Lake, Kedah SELAGI ADA HUTANSELAGI ITU ADA PEMBUREAN TUALANG“As long as there is a forest, there will be honey hunters”–Pak Teh … Read More

Malaysia and Thailand Journal 2004

April 21, 2004By PaulTravel

 or Mr. Paul Meets Hitam Manis These notes are excerpted from my travel journal. My observations about Thailand are completely naive. I know a little more about Malaysia, since this was my fourth trip there. I don’t guarantee either the accuracy of my reports nor their value to anyone besides myself. _______________________________________________________________________________________ If you come … Read More