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Guest blogging over at the Barn Door today. Join me for a snarky look at a recent flight back from Florida.Add a Comment
I've painted endless number of flying things over the last few years, between the Fairy Chronicles (this is the cover from the second book in the series) and the Wind Dancers, which features flying horses. Wings, wings, wings.... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
This is a piece of art I created as a cover proposal for SCBWI. I have been having fun working latley in acrylics.Add a Comment
This was created for a poster exhibit at an SCBWI conference a few years ago. (It's good to have friends!)www.jenniferthermes.comwww.art-words-life.blogspot.comDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Yesterday my brother phoned to tell me he’d visited the British Lawn Mower Museum. He loved it, was the only one there, and described the ‘lawnmowers of the stars’ section which had lawnmowers belonging to celebrities. So I made this small story for him…
The prompt for Illustration Friday this week is transportation. If you could travel any way you wanted, what mode of transportation would you choose? I’d pick something fun, like flying by paper airplane, if it were possible.
Jumping out of the airplane might be fun too …
… as long as your parachute opens! Eep! Maybe I should stick to something closer to the ground, like skateboarding.
Then again, since I don’t have a skateboard anymore and I’m not a chicken, I’ll pick something I do on a regular basis.
But only until they invent paper airplanes that you can fly in. What kind of transportation would you choose, if you could choose anything? Have you ever had grocery cart races? (I have!)Display Comments Add a Comment
Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Feiwel & Friends, 2009. Review copy supplied by publisher. Picture book.
The Plot: A young witch desperately wants to fly.
The Good: This story of learning to fly is written as a sestina. The repartition both lulls the reader and reassures the reader, while cheering on the young witch in her goal: flight. This also makes it a great read aloud; there is something about poetry that just works better when read.
On the surface, this is a story of try, try again, similar to stories of learning how to ride a bike or swim. But, this is flight. Something so much more than just riding or swimming; flying is about growing up and leaving childhood behind, it's about not accepting limitations, and it's about freedom.
Here is the young witch, finally flying, and its words that could cheer and encourage anyone: "Hold tight to your broom
and float past the stars,
and turn to the heavens and soar.
For only a witch can fly past the moon.
Only a witch can fly."
And I read those final words and thought, "and we are all witches."
Let me tell you, that photo of the cover doesn't give the actual cover justice. The moon is a soft, light butter yellow that matches the font of the title and it just makes you go "oooohhhh... I must pick this up. I must touch this cover." The colors throughout the book are warm: black, brown, orange, green. Yoo shares details about her art at an interview with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. And the young witch has striped stockings. I so, so want those types of stockings but alas, at my age cannot carry off that look.
The Poetry Friday round-up is at Becky's Book Reviews.
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This is sort of an oil painting "doodle." It's fun playing with a new style.(and extra fingers)Display Comments Add a Comment
I read a fascinating few lines in a book about Maurice Sendak on the subject of flying. The book is Making Mischief by Gregory Maguire:Flying is desire fulfilled.Flying is sweet release.Flying is rescue.Flying is confidence.Flying is escape.I know I often wish I could just fly off on a cloud. Sometimes when I'm coasting down a steep hill on my bicycle I wished the bike would just go up andAdd a Comment