In Broad Daylight

I’m loving this novel, Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. The story, the visuals-in-my-head, the treasure hunt of symbolism, the intrigue. This is the kind of novel I want to go on and on and still, can’t put it down so it goes even faster. If you’re reading along, this drawing is of a quote on page 203.


Two Owls

By page 130 of Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore I have become aware of the owl’s presence. I track him with the parts of my being that build a real world from an author’s writings.

A friend, also a writer, had her character pause, put a hand on Mary Oliver’s White Pine, and flee. Reading this lead me to a bit of Mary Oliver reading – always a wonderful journey.

If you’d like a musical accompaniment to this piece, I’d recommend The Grateful Dead’s Ripple. If you don’t know it, well, …If I knew the way I would take you home.

Learning Life

I simply can’t decide if I want a haiku to be paired with the novel-inspired drawing, or if I want to include an actual quote from the novel. Today, you get both!

Friends, wine, and painting

Van Gogh and Murakami

Art is a prism

Echo Haiku

I’m not sure there is such a thing. Yesterday’s reading left me with competing haikus and I realized it was because of Haruki Murakami’s masterful writing. I decided to let them both exist within this painting.

Haiku a Scene

I’m still trying to figure out how to illustrate the books I read as I read them. I know I could easily illustrate out-of-copyright books, but there’s little fun in that for me. Today I’ve haiku’d a scene from Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore. All words are my own. The illustration depicts the impression left after yesterday’s reading.

Making Comics Make Sense

I love comic artists. I have loved them forever and working as a comic artist was one of my dreams. I tried one for today’s reading – and making comics is much more difficult than I guessed – whether you or not you have artistic talent, making comics is hard work.

First off, I formatted the page in the wrong direction. Second off, I have only one facial expression. I am proud that it seems the people are all distinct individuals, and they seem trackable from panel to panel.

I almost didn’t post this because I realize it might not make sense if you haven’t read the book. Then, I thought that’s what I do. I’m not trying to tell you the story, or even give you an overview, what I’m trying to do is make you curious enough that you decide to read the novel. I hope you read A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and don’t worry if this panel comic doesn’t make sense to you.

I’d love hear whether you like the inked or watercolor version better.