Hand Painted tile painted by Susan Fae with high lacquered frame.
Hand Painted tile painted by Susan Fae with high lacquered frame.
December 2rd, 2013 – Mother Nature produced some amazing winds, some snow but that wind had complete control when sculpting Calgary’s snow drifts. These drifts are from my backyard.
This art form is very inspirational for those who may get cabin fever during the winter months. Enjoy the snow, it can be an opportunity to work with Mother Nature in creating a master piece.
For me, the best part of this book is the illustrations of the elephant. I am working on a visual alphabet with linocut prints and when I saw this book I was inspired by the creation of letters and words with the illustrated elephant.
Campbell Pearson is both illustrator and storyteller, she makes things simple and clear in this book. The illustrations are what I call watercolour sketches, they are an idea or a study of a subject, in this case an elephant. Gracie one of the characters is more detailed but still simplified enough for me to call it a sketch, others may call it a cartoon.
The playful art style has layered tones of watercolour paint to create the shadows and shape, with a pen outlining the subjects. Campbell Pearson makes it look simple, but I see it as her confidence with her tools. After reading her biography on her website, I see that she has always enjoyed quick documentation of characters.
Elephant’s Story is a collection of elephant images, in different poses, with the idea of making up words with letters that fall out of Gracie’s book. This is a great book for preschoolers; words come from our surroundings, like a zoo in this case and letters make up the words.
Final thought; it’s amazing how the character of an elephant; big, heavy and monotone in colour can be documented into a playful and active subject with a medium as light and translucent as watercolour.
This lovely story is about a growing boy and a seed, it reminds me of the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. However, the illustrations in If You Hold a Seed are very different. I was pleasantly surprise when I found this book in the children’s section of the library, not only is Elly MacKay a Canadian author & artist she has an Etsy shop, Theater Clouds, where you can purchase her illustrations.
The theme of this story is simple; dream and love what you are dreaming about and it will grow into what you believe. The lighting in the scenes is sensitive and soft, the shadows create the 3D effect. The scene where the little boy has made a tent of fabric and chairs with his teddy bear, tells the part of the story where protection and love help the seed to grow. The stage light passes through the cloth and paper showing the detail of layers and creases, making the scene a believable life size stage.
This book will encourage the; reader, viewer and other storytellers to experiment and play.
If you would like to get to know Elly MacKay a little bit more and visit her studio, this article on Theatre Clouds will share with you photos of her studio and a few new insights on magical miniature theatre.
Like MacKay I too have an Etsy Shop The Art Tree.
“Sing” Hand painted tile 3X6 inches, framed 4X7″
This would make a lovely gift for any bird lover, $149.00
The Night Life of TREES
If you love art and trees this lovely and authentic book is for you. The book is based on the visual folklore from the Gond tribe in India, they believe that trees are central to life, the spirits in the trees reveal themselves at night. This is not a spooky book, it has the element of pattern and design which reveals; bird images, eyes, winged creatures within the main subject, the TREE.
There is a brief description about the type and history of the tree left of the image. This book is an edition of 3000.
HUG A TREE
Yes, I’m filled with great framing ideas, especially when it comes to sentimental values.
Custom Picture Framing is a process, start with an idea, then collect pieces of the story. In this project the eyeglasses came first then the photos, names and places then ages and it just kept on going. Suede mat is very special when framing objects, it has a rich and soft touch to the collection, multiple windows and different depths add to the variety.
Give the gift of family history, frame a story.
It’s the kid in me! I love this book.
It always begins with the illustrations (for me) I don’t judge a whole book by its cover but in many cases I pick up the book because of its cover. Filbert the good Little Fiend has a lovely cover with the brilliant fall colours, orange, yellow and reds.
Filbert is a child Fiend (little monster) who is expected to live up to the meaning of monster, but it just isn’t in him. One day Florinda a child angel literally falls from the sky right in front of Filbert. She was told that she wasn’t good enough and Filbert not being bad enough got together as friends.
The two children are illustrated with colour and patterns that dance through the pages. The field of flowers under the tree are colourful circles on top of another coloured circle, the birds singing in the tree with heart shape leaves are on top of a brilliant yellow.
Facial expressions and arm gestures are enough to read the illustrations, but the story is just as great.
Enjoy the read – I recommend this one for the Fall season and the Halloween season, Filbert in his angel costume and Florinda in her monster outfit.
Oh! and what school teacher would encourage a PURPLE PAINT fight, Miss Fearsome-Frizz of course (and maybe me one day).
by Diane Goode
This lovely book is playful and informative about our North American Thanksgiving celebration. It’s a family event where everyone shows up to; eat and entertain while helping out.
Goode’s illustrations speak or read volumes to the few words she writes in this book. You will have to read it more than once to get all the information and suggested thoughts, it is a pleasure to share the re-reads with family, especially children.
Goode’s illustrations share the love of all family members including pets and the family activities like checkers or knitting. The story is a family profile index in a funny way, which one are you? The illustrations demonstrate feelings and emotions that typically happen on Thanksgiving like; feeling stuffed with food, a surprise visitor, or the Fall weather with coats and falling leaves.
Enjoy this Thanksgiving and Happy Art Making with pen & ink and watercolour like illustrator Diane Goode.
If ever there was a book with so many images of picture frames displayed and presented the way I would this is it. I feel as though this book states exactly what I do for a living. Custom Picture Framing & showing off the important things in your life. Reading and viewing the hundreds of images in this book I have gotten to know myself and what it is I do for a living.
Like many who have experienced this book, it is rewarding in that you receive great visual ideas and even a well written text. Custom Picture framing is a big part of making something intimate, and to give it importance, and the final placement in your home will complete your statement.
If you ever wonder why you should have things custom framed, please take a look in this book.