Wednesday, September 26, 2018

children's books 98

Peter Sís rightfully won the Caldecott for his beautifully illustrated book, Starry Messenger.  Told in a simple narrative perfect for children, the story of the life of the scientist, astronomer, mathematician, physicist and philosopher Galileo is illustrated with incredible detail and imaginative, dramatic layouts. A fine crosshatching technique over handsome watercolor washes and hand drawn cursive words accompanying the pictures go well with celebrating ideas about acute observation. Galileo's path of study, invention and discovery is touched upon in highlights including the first ever sightings of four moons of Jupiter he named the Medicean Stars and his Law of Falling Objects which proved Aristotle wrong about velocity. His book, the first Starry Messenger, was very popular, and his fame and celebrity spread upsetting the Catholic Church resulting in an inquisition before the Pope. Galileo was found guilty of heresy for saying the earth was not the center of the universe and condemned to spend the rest of his life locked in his house. He never stopped thinking about stars and the universe, and even after going blind he continued to pass his ideas along to others. One of his many quotes in the book reads, "I think that in discussion of physical problems (Nature) we ought to begin not from the authority of scriptural passages, but from sense-experiences and necessary demonstrations."

Sunday, September 23, 2018

fine flourish

Pretty pressed Queen Anne's lace cards by Lucy Duncan can be found at Eartbound Arts on Trade Street in Winston, along with pottery, herbal teas, soaps, beeswax candles, and more handmade by Lucy and her husband Gordon Jones.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book it to McKay's

McKay's book store in Winston is a wonderful place to spend an hour searching through aisles and aisles of interesting books, movies, music, instruments, tech gadgets and toys. They buy and sell items, and they have four other even bigger locations. I especially love finding new children's books and gorgeous coffee table (or coffee in bed) books like these.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


This little dish reminds me of my Grandma Jan who also loved fine details.

Monday, September 3, 2018


It's been far too long since we shared some stories...
These were chosen for their enormous extent of FUN!
My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta) written by 
Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone
The Pig in the Spigot poems by Richard Wilbur 
and illustrations by J. Otto Seibold
The Secret World of Magic written by Rosalind 
Kerven and illustrated by Wayne Anderson
A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go 
written and illustrated by William Stobbs

Saturday, September 1, 2018


My parents gave me a wonderful set of colored pencils to make hundreds of realistic soft fleshy skin tones. The "portrait set" is a clever combination and a good idea for an artist's toolbox.