Archive for February, 2008
I‘ve been working on a few sketches that will eventually be turned into detailed paintings or drawings for a show in May. The theme has to do with the town I live in CT. There are a few interesting histories from the area that I could draw upon–one being the town’s(long dead) hermit, George Washington Gilbert. His house crumbled around him until he reached old age and until a wealthy man eventually built him a small cottage to live. Mr. Gilbert was friendly in his odd lifestyle and often amused visitors with complex math problems.
This drawing is from a photograph of his crumbled abode….I’ve just embellished the flora around it a bit.
I have been listening to and reading more and more about Mozart recently. I was listening to Fantasy in D Minor last night and thought I should do a quick sketch of the young master being inspired at night. There had to be something divine to touch upon him early on in life. This makes me sound like a spiritual person but I cannot fathom another way that someone like him existed.
Reviewed by Lindsey, age 13.
In this random land of autumn and nonsense, a young boy describes his odd but enjoyable life with two badgers, Maurice and June.
The young boy is discovered in a basket on top of a rock and, years later, enjoys eating flowers, sleeping in his den and playing with the vegetation around the stream.
This book makes absolutely no sense and that is probably why I fell deeply in love with it.
The gentle illustrations convey the warmth of the parents and the sprightly youth of the child.
The words are simple, with only a sentence or two on each page but the slow, gentle meanderings through a simple world, are really all one needs to relax.
A good book sparks the imagination and makes you think, just like this one. You can motor through the book or you can really take the time to get into it. Relish the details in each framed picture, imagine yourself in the heat of the cozy den, think of running wild and free through the grasses and fronds, drinking from a clear stream with a boat floating all by its lonesome.
A short review for a short book that should be cherished for a long time in the hearts and imaginations of little ones.
I give Honey Badgers, a whimsical little picture book, five stars.
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