“It was October in Maine and on the morning of the big vacation a brisk wind blew down from Canada, and an ominous gray sky foreshadowed the bitter season soon to arrive.”
And so, Marlee’s World begins amid the prophecy of turbulence as Marlee, her ill-tempered husband, her best friend, and her best friend’s husband start out on a week-long road trip that they hoped would bring fun and enjoyment. But as we soon learn, having fun on this vacation was more of a challenge than anyone had expected.
Marlee’s World is a world where inanimate objects talk, people appear as mood rings, and everyday life grows more and more complicated. Sprinkled amongst the clamor are scenes that will tickle your funny bone, bring you to tears, and surprise you when you least expect it.
Thirteen imaginative watercolor illustrations created by the author will delight the child within and help you to see the world as Marlee sees it.
Welcome to Marlee’s World.
Gerard Bianco is an award-winning author and artist. He holds an MFA in Writing and teaches creative writing. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and his portraits and illustrations hang in public and private collections throughout the United States, including the US Navy Art Collection. He lives in Maine where he is at work illustrating his latest imaginary tale.
I've work in many mediums - oil, watercolor, pastel, engravings, printing, charcoal, and mixed media. I've never been hesitant about using anything that will help me to communicate my intentions.
Today, I work almost exclusively in watercolor. I will create charcoal portraits for clients, and I've posted samples here.
Let me know if you have a requests.
I'm often asked how I get my ideas for stories and paintings.
I'm inspired to paint out of love of color, value, and juxtaposition of shapes. A face, a hand, a smile, a gesture, a landscape, a little puppy on a game board.
Ideas for stories sometimes just pop into my head. Other times, it's only the first line of the story that yells at me, and then I feel compelled to write the rest of it.
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