Books were the wellspring of imagination for me as a child. The illustration above combines some of my favorite childhood memories. My dad used to take me with him to the drugstore every Sunday to buy the Chicago Herald Tribune. I was allowed to pick out one Golden book. Even though I couldn't read (I was only 3 at the time), I remembered every book in my "library" and always knew which new one I wanted. The picture above in the middle is my dad (now with a wonderful bird head), reading to me. The painting on the far right is of my grandparents' library, as I remember it. When my cousin David would come out to Marengo (where we all lived) from Chicago to visit us, he and I would play marvelous make-believe games in there. One wall was a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, filled with books. Some of the books were my mother's books from her childhood, like The Jungle Book, and Alice in Wonderland. I don't remember having anyone read them to me, but I vividly remember the illustrations, and loving them. There were two desks facing each other (both of my grandparents wrote). We often made things out of cardboard. I remember making a huge rocket ship one day, and this picture celebrates that. "My Childhood Imagination"
7" x 11"
I recently was accepted in a show put on in collaboration with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. The entered works had to be inspired by the following quote from "Time"s Passage" by Fernando Pessoa:
I was brought up by Imagination, I always travelled by her hand, And thus I always loved, hated, spoke, thought, Having every day this window before me, Every hour being mine in this way.
Gallery at 14 Maple
Opening Reception: Sept. 19th, 6-8pm
14 Maple Ave., 3rd Fl., Morristown, NJ
I found it both rewarding and challenging to create art inspired bysomeone else's artwork. I often write stories myself, and then Iillustrate them or sometimes I create stories based on my illustrations.As I am currently interested in becoming a professional illustrator forbooks and magazines, this was an extremely useful project. The fact thatit spoke directly to my own personal experience as an artist was part ofwhat made it complicated and interesting.