Welcome

Please enjoy the wacky world my pencils and paints create for you. As an illustrator I try to bring you a world in which you have not read before or have seen in movies yet. My minds eye comes from behind the curtain in that chocolate factory that Willie Wonka didn't let you peer behind. Now I am opening it for you! Come in and take a look...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dowgin Name Used in Grave Errors by Carol Perry





Carol Perry in her newest book in the "Witch City Mystery" series have created a cast of characters using my families surname. In her previous work she used Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City as research to understand the tunnel routes inside the town. Even Janet Evanovich has used that book to study tunnels in Salem for her book Wicked Charms.

It is cool to see who is reading Salem Secret Underground and how mystery writers are building tales of the tunnels I helped to bring to light.

You can buy Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City today at Salem House Press or Amazon.com. Pre-orders for Grave Errors can be purchased here on Amazon.com.

Just Wrote a New Book



I'm back at investigating tunnels in Salem MA and the rest of the country. The new book Sub Rosa is the sequel to Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City. This time instead of focusing on vignettes of houses connected to the tunnels and those who built them, Sub Rosa goes beyond Salem and shows how those people who owned these homes shaped American history from its foundation to the current day.

Tales about how the Federal Reserve was created, the real murder behind the game Clue, three unaccounted presidential assassinations, cycles of economic collapse, and the inventions and inventors from Salem.

For now you can read Advance Reader Copies before its official release on July 4th 20017.
Click here to get a copy today!

Dean Morrisey: Illustrator of the Week

I am Back...
Been a while. I just found time to commit to the 6 blogs I have.
Dean Morrisey I first encountered doing puzzles with my mother when I was a kid in the 80's. In fact that painting of a wizard which the puzzle was based on I got to see while on a Hulton family reunion while in Annapolis at the Green Dragon art gallery.

Then Dean would pop up in my mother's Greenwich Workshop catalogs with other fine artists. Then I got his Ship of Dreams book many years later and his Christmas Carol. Both are excellent.

Take a look at his art:



For his bio and more of his images check out this link!
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Where Does your Imagination Bring You?

Tell us your story about this picture...

 

Let us know below.

Illustration from Gang Stories available on Amazon.com. The story in which your child gets to make up 4 stories about 4 stuffed animals adventures during the night.


Ellen Raskin: Illustrator of the Week

Little Nobody

Sometimes I think she is the little nobody.  Several times I have looked up the illustrator of my favorite book as a child Moose, Goose, and Little Nobody. What kept me from finding anything at first I thought it was Moose, Goose, and the Little House... which they are looking for Little Nobody in his gable. I am glad to see she did several books. Thanks to the site listed below I can now go off and find the rest of her books. It has a complete list of her picture books and chapter books. It is the best bio I found on her yet.

Below are some examples of her work:







 For More Info:
https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/authors/raskin/bib.htm

Where Does Your Imagination Bring You!

Hmmm....

 

Where does your imagination bring you? What is on the other side of the door? Would you walk in? How long has the door been there? These are all questions you can ask. What are the answers? Share your answers below. Does this illustration create a story in your mind? Share it below with us.


Cheers,
Chris

Illustration from Mr. Pelinger's House & Intergalactic Roadshow available on Amazon.com.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Cosmic Play: New Album by Chris Dowgin

Incense and Peppermints...?


Have a listen. My first album of flute and piano was released this week. It is music to ease the soul in a hectic world. It is entrancing. Music from simpler times. Cosmic. Pulling traditions from traditional Japanese music and Native American. A blending of jazz sentimentalities of Jaco Pastorius and Classical tastes of John Cage. Throw a little Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, and Peter Gabriel and you will have my ice cream Sunday of inspirations.

Available at Open Mics around Salem and at Salem House Press.
Only $5



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