Tag: sky phenomena

  • Low Horizons, Big Skies

    Low Horizons, Big Skies

    Header illustration made with Midjourney using the prompt: alien arrival, big sky, low horizon, silhouette of city along skyline, interesting cloudscape

  • Sunsets and Sunrises in Art and Illustration

    Sunsets and Sunrises in Art and Illustration

    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

    Clouds In Art and Storytelling

    “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.…

  • Symbolism of Bridges and Rainbows

    Symbolism of Bridges and Rainbows

    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

    Aurora In Art

    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 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…

  • Storms, Cyclones and Wind in Art and Storytelling

    Storms, Cyclones and Wind in Art and Storytelling

    The wind blew as ’twad blawn its last; The rattling showers rose on the blast; The speedy gleams the darkness swallow’d; Loud, deep, and lang, the thunder bellow’d: That night, a child might understand, The Deil had business on his hand. Robert Burns In some parts of the world, wind is associated with a certain…

  • Illustrating Rain, Droplets and Rainclouds

    Illustrating Rain, Droplets and Rainclouds

    A collection of art featuring rain, some realistic, some cartoonish, some stylised.

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

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

    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.

  • The Half-Skinned Steer by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    The Half-Skinned Steer by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “The Half-Skinned Steer” by Annie Proulx is, as said by Mary Lee Settle “as real as a pickup truck, as ominous as a fairy tale.”

  • What Colour Is Your Sun?

    What Colour Is Your Sun?

    Different cultures view the sun differently. Ask a Western child to draw the sun and they will draw it yellow. Ask a Japanese child to draw the sun and they will draw it red. Our closest star is ‘actually’ white. I grew up in New Zealand and I drew it yellow. But when I lived as…