1. It's associated to literature, which is associated to reading. Whether we read to others or read to ourselves, the act of reading in itself is the connective tissue of our modern world. Our earliest experiences with reading can define our relationship to literature - and nonfiction - for the rest of our lives.
|"The Coronation", watercolor, Gary Lippincott, from The Prince and The Pauper|
|"Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!", Maurice Sendak, from Where the Wild Things Are|
Whether we care to admit it or not, children's book art has influenced all of us. As a child, I drew on my books, I drew what was in my books, I loved my books, and I still do love them. Illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Maurice Sendak, and Mercer Mayer were huge influences in my art making; my work may not look exactly like theirs but I was in awe of the worlds they created with just a couple of lines and some watercolor.
|Mercer Mayer's "Little Critter" character. Wonder why I related to him so much? ;)|
|ToC Page, ink on paper, Jules Feiffer, from The Phantom Tollbooth. This is the actual drawing.|
|"Bagheera", watercolor, Jerry Pinkney, from The Jungle Book|
|"Little Jack Horner", oil, Scott Gustafson, from Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose|
|"The Waterfall", egg tempera, Richard Jesse Watson, from The Waterfall's Gift|
|Image from Eric Carle's A Very Hungry Caterpillar. 46 years of overeating is clearly showing here, but the kids love it, so he keeps eating.|
|"Dinoslide", acrylic, Marc Brown, from Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur|
|Randolph Caldecott illustration from A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go|
|"System", watercolor, Barbara McClintock, from A Child's Garden of Verses|
|"It Couldn't Be Done", watercolor, Jon J Muth, from Poems to Learn by Heart|
|Title Page, watercolor, Barry Moser, from Cat Talk|
Show runs through September 5th, with an art walk opening August 8th, 6 - 9 pm. Richard Jesse Watson will be in attendance!
~Julie Baroh, August 2015