Flora and Fauna of the Midwest and Eloise Wilkin


January 30, 2013

Well, yes. It's been a long time since I've been able to visit this space, but here I am again. I hope you all had a great holiday season and that the first month of 2013 has been good to you. It's been a slow start on this end, but it finally feels like I am back in the swing of things.

I wanted to share this painting I FINALLY finished, after several months of starting and stopping, and then repeat.  Some of my more recent posts have been about art in children's books, and this painting was inspired by one of my favorites. I love the frontispiece from the old Golden Book "Wonders of Nature". Eloise's Wilkin's illustrations in this book have so much sensitivity and reveal a keen sense of the natural world. We have several vintage Golden Books illustrated by Wilkin. 

I'm not crazy about all of her work. Sometimes I really love the way she depicts children, and sometimes they kind of creep me out. If you are familiar with her work, I think you know what I am talking about. Anyway, Wonders of Nature, The Wonder of the Seasons, and Birds are all classic, wonderful first nature books for a child (and adults!).

That's all for now, but I plan on being back soon!

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