Monday, January 26, 2009

Art Appreciation

"We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child's sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing..." Charlotte Mason, Home Education Vol. 1, p. 309
Noah and Dove from Animals of the Bible by Mary Hoffman and Jackie Morris,

We "discovered" the artist, Jackie Morris, through the Barefoot Book of Classic Poems which she had compiled and illustrated and we use for our Poetry Friday celebrations. The poetic feeling in Ms. Morris' illustrations dovetail perfectly with this beautiful collection of some of the greatest poems in the English language. We found out how important her work was to us one night when Luca, then three, was sick and with fever. He was restless and I could do nothing to help when he asked for "the lobster one," meaning Lobster Quadrille by Lewis Carroll. Poem after poem we read (and looked at) with him until he fell asleep in my arms.

We've found Jackie Morris' artwork to be great inspiration for our nature journals as well. She is skilled at painting wildlife and it was fun for our family to find out that her adorable cats, the Ginger Darlings, are models for some of her work.

If you love the "story behind the story" as much as we do, visit her blog "Starlight, Starbright" where she takes us on a fantastic journey from start to finish of an exquisite new children's book written by James Mayhew which she illustrates. This is more than a behind-the-scenes is from the heart: mind, emotion & will.

Mothers on a schedule be warned, set your timer or you will find yourself wandering the coast of Wales with three ginger cats into the wee hours.

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