Sunsets and Sunrises in Art and Illustration

Norman Mills Price (1877 - 1951) boat with sunset

I can’t be sure which of these illustrations depict sunrise and which sunset, but it’s funny how sometimes you still get a sense of the hour of day. How do artists do that?

Clouds In Art and Storytelling

René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967), daily bread, oil on canvas, 91.6 x 69.8 cm

“I like the clouds… the clouds that pass… there… there… the wonderful clouds!”Charles Baudelaire, the stranger “As a cloud crosses the sun, silence falls on London; and falls on the mind. Effort ceases. Time flaps on the mast. There we stop; there we stand. Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame. Where……

Symbolism of Bridges and Rainbows

Edmund George Warren - Crossing the Brook 1874

Why bridges and rainbows? What have they got to do with each other? Well, the archetypal bridge is an arc shape, like the rainbow. Symbolically, bridges and rainbows can be similar.

Aurora In Art

Ola (Northern lights) by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, 1932

Aurora are works of art in their own right. Of course artists have been reproducing aurora in paintings and illustration since it was possible. Below are some examples of aurora in art, including various media. It’s interesting to see how the aurora can even be reproduced using woodcut.

A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams Analysis

A Woggle of Witches is a picture book written and illustrated by American storyteller Adrienne (“Dean”) Adams in 1971. In total, Adams wrote six of her own books; mostly they illustrated for other writers. Adrienne Adams was a prolific illustrator through the 1960s and beyond, and a two-time winner of a Caldecott Medal (1960 and……

Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel Analysis

Owl At Home is a 1975 picture book written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The book comprises five very short early reader stories about a kind, anxious and lonely owl. These owl stories, along with the frog and toad stories come from the second phase of Lobel’s creative career, in which he tapped into his……

Wait Till The Moon Is Full by Wise Brown and Williams Analysis

Wait Til The Moon Is Full

Wait Till the Moon Is Full is a 1948 picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Garth Williams. The story has carnivalesque elements, a gentle utopian storyline and a well-drawn mother figure, who is safe and warm but who also joins her son in his imaginative play. This picture book is a……