I have a new book out this week – Apple Cake!
A few winters ago I was fooling around in my studio and painted this man in a treetop.
I wanted to write a story for the character in the tree, but the only words that came to mind were recipes. So I decided to illustrate a recipe.
My great-grandmother Lily Jane Powell made a simple apple pudding cake. Her daughter made it for my mother. My mother made it for our family. My sisters, my brother and I all make it now. It is the only cake recipe that I know by heart. I love the cake, and the cake carries love through time.
I thought it would be funny to have the text stick as closely as possible to the straightforward text of a recipe while the art veered away wildly. This is the first picture I painted for the book.
The first ingredient for this book was a painting which I did alone in the studio. The second was a family recipe. Painting is solitary but books are collaborative; this book would not have been possible without the work and critical input of Reka Simonsen, Linda Pratt, Christine Kettner, Margaret, Laura and Julie.They all made it a better story. Everybody stirred the batter, even though just one person shows.
The book also led me back to the studio. My husband, Joe Max Emminger, and I are having a show together called Feast. It opened last night. You can read more about it and see pictures at our show blog.