Chickadee in Winter
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
This lovely little black-capped chickadee is just part of an illustration from my book of nature opposites Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry – published in 2000 by Orchard Books. Unlike most of my other picture books, this one was illustrated by direct observation. My previous project, the illustrations for A Ride on Mother’s Back, entailed more library research than I had ever done for a picture book. Now I wanted to get outside and work directly from nature.
The weather smiled on my work one day in February. Fresh snow graced the branches outside my window; and as the clouds retreated, the winter birds resumed their busy activity. I got to paint this image from the snowy scene right in front of my face!
I still think back on that day with a smile.
Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry is out of print – but if you want a copy, you can find it on Amazon. The book was also published in Korea!
A good week to all.
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