Mother & Child

The Mother's Light 72dpi DETAILBeautiful mother & child images for Mother’s Day

Posters – 8/5″x 11″
$10 includes shipping

Cards – 5″x7″
$3.50 includes shipping
Six for $18

Original art:
please inquire

Order $25 worth of merchandise between now and Mother’s Day,
and get a FREE copy of my greeting card booklet,
Love Is
($6.95 value):

Love_Is_cover_smFits in a 5″x7″ card envelope (included)
and can be mailed with just two stamps!

Order the images of your choice
for posters or greetings cards
(fill in the title here for posters, here for cards):

World Mother (2)World Mother

The Mother's Light 72dpiThe Mother’s Light

Maternal Roots

Maternal Roots

 

Black Madonna

Black Madonna

"Lotus Birth" was originally commissioned by Mothering Magazine. Available as a poster or card.Lotus Birth

Mother & Child – linoleum block print © Durga Yael Bernhard

Mother & Child (1)

The BearersThe Bearers

Screen shot 2017-04-30 at 8.20.44 PMThe Mother Garden

Beginning PrayerBeginning Prayer

The Letting Go Spiral – gouache & ink painting © D Yael BernhardThe Letting Go Spiral

Thank you for your interest in my art.

 

D Yael Bernhard
Author / Illustrator of
LOVE ISNew! – a unique crossover book for all ages
THE LIFE OF AN OLIVENew!! Explore the life of a 2000-year-old olive tree
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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The Kapok Tree

IMAGE OF THE WEEK 
Kapok© Durga Yael Bernhard

On the occasion of Earth Day, here is an illustration from my picture book Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree, published in 2014 by Wisdom Tales Press.  This multicultural concept book features a rhyming poem about a child interacting with a tree – but on every spread, a different child is shown with a different tree in a different country.  The endpapers show a world map, and for older readers, the back of the book has interesting facts about each tree.  Here’s what I wrote about the kapok tree, or ceiba  pentandra, of the Amazon rainforest:

Kapok detail 1The kapok, ceiba, or “silk cotton” tree of Central and South America has a huge, thick trunk with buttressed roots and heavy branches that often grow straight out to the side. Known as an “emergent” tree, the kapok can grow up to 230 feet high, often rising above the canopy of tropical rainforests, where it is bathed in sunlight, enabling the growth of a broad crown.  Young kapok trees produce spiny cones on their trunks that make the tree difficult to climb. Older kapoks create shade and shelter for many birds and animals, including monkeys, sloths, harpy eagles, toucans, snakes, and porcupines. The kapok tree is deciduous, shedding all its leaves in the dry season. This gives the trees beneath it a chance to receive more sunlight. Its fruit pods contain a fluffy fiber that has been used to stuff mattresses, pillows, life jackets, and stuffed toys. The seeds are used in soap and also make good fertilizer. The kapok tree was sacred to the Mayan people and an important source of healing medicine. They believed a departing soul could ascend to heaven by rising up the trunk of a great mythological kapok tree.

You can order Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree, here.

Kapok detail 2

Happy Earth Day to all!  I leave you with an excerpt of a poem from Gary Snyder – his version of the pledge of allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.

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Sacajawea

IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Sacajawea© Durga Yael Bernhard

On a completely different note from last week, here is an illustration that I did about ten years ago for an educational publisher, specifically for a middle school history textbook.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was an important part of America’s westward expansion. Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian woman who was married to a French Canadian, was engaged as a guide and translator as the explorers charted the Louisiana Territory.  Beginning in 1802, Sacajawea traveled thousands of miles with the expedition, from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean – carrying her baby with her for half the journey.

Legend holds that a Newfoundland dog accompanied the expedition, too.

This was not an unpleasant image to paint.  I like the clothing of the 1800s.  The blank space at the center of the page is for text.  I had no say over the design of this piece.  It is not creativity but accuracy of detail and clarity of execution that matters in educational illustration.  Fanciful images are rarely allowed in textbooks.

A good week to all!

D Yael Bernhard
Author / Illustrator of
LOVE ISNew! – a unique crossover book for all ages
THE LIFE OF AN OLIVENew!! Explore the life of a 2000-year-old olive tree
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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