My tall tale short story "Chicken Coup" is out today, published in The Palouse Review. Click here to read "Chicken Coup" online! "Chicken Coup" follows a brother and sister and their crazy adventure volunteering at a farm for their middle school science club. I hope you have as much fun reading the story as I did writing... Continue Reading →
Calling all artists and illustrators! Looking for a new project for your digital doodling hobby and hoping to get paid? Are you new to illustrating and looking for a way to build your portfolio? Have you ever wanted to work produce artwork for a children's book? Wherever you fall on this spectrum, I have a proposal... Continue Reading →
Places to Go
Of all the places I love most
I like the ones along the coast.
I like mountains in between.
I like to see the plains turn green.
I like to see the cityscapes,
the inlets, islands, glaciers, capes,
the forests, fog, and ocean foam.
I love to go and come back home.
My wife, Courtney, is officially launching her blog on traveling and art today! Go on over and check it out!
Please enjoy this short Q&A about why Paintings & Places is so important to me and those who understand (or are trying to understand) the importance of travel and art!
1. What is Paintings & Places?
Hello, bonjour, hola! My name is Courtney Mortenson and please allow me to introduce you to Paintings & Places. As a student of Brigham Young University studying languages, specifically French and Spanish, my classes focus intensely on grammar and literature. This makes sense for those trying to learn words and how to put them together, but in an effort to gain cultural literacy, more than linguistic mastery is required. With this in mind, I’ve set out to visit as many places that I can that speak these languages (and any other places I happen to be able to visit along the way) in order to learn more about people and what they value from…
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Preludium — (n.) a prelude, an opening, an introduction (in music and literature); a preparation, a sign of things to come. Download Sheet Music for Preludium Here One Page Condensed Sheet Music for Preludium Here - M.M.
XIX As the old King’s brother, Everett was in line, For the Kingdom’s highest seat, A feast was set to dine. In the castle’s greatest hall, By warmth and firelight, To celebrate the new-made king. All was new and bright. Present at the table, The Prophet of the road, Rose upon his frail... Continue Reading →
As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of children's literature. Last year I had an idea for a short story-poem about Spaghetti Pizza. I finally took the time to write it down. I hope you like it. The Tale of Spaghetti Pizza The day that Mr. Noodle died, The... Continue Reading →