In the fall of 2010 I was staying with some friends in London. One day my husband sent flowers: blue hydrangeas studded with thistle and greenery. I took pictures of the flowers, then later did a few studies of them on paper. When I was packing to leave I put them in a book and forgot about them. A few months ago they resurfaced in a studio move.
Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. Her next book, Women In Clothes (Blue Rider Press), will be published in September.
Watercolors on paper by Leanne Shapton
Our family didn’t travel to the country or the mountains. Trees and grass meant the lawn, the only nature my father came into contact with aside from the golf course, which was like an especially large lawn.
I’d held a grudge for far too long over the fact that he had stolen my cat, the one creature I loved, who he also loved. But it had been my cat, not Allen's.