Friday, December 4, 2009

Dream Snow


I created my book Dream Snow after a two year “sabbatical” from making picture books. During this time away, I created abstract art out of my painted tissue papers. I also used other materials such as silk fabric, plate glass, aluminum foil, and plastic sheathing. When I started making books again, I created Dream Snow, the story of a farmer and his animals, and a celebration of Christmas. You might have noticed that instead of a white background the animals in this book are set in front of bright colorful swatches of painted tissue papers as background.



This was a change from my previous way of working. My time away making abstract art was influencing my book art.



I had always been reluctant about making a Christmas book, but when the idea for my book Dream Snow came to me it seemed impossible to resist.

17 comments:

eileen c said...

Thanks for your insight. I hope the holidays are merry and bright for you and yours.

3continentfamily said...

Beautiful! I particularly love the horse and the colorful ground he's standing on.

thecatzmeow said...

absolutely beautful!

Modern Girl Style said...

The images are amazing! I love the abstract influences found in your art.

–źLEKSANDRA MOREL said...

I love it

vanessa said...

We first read this book with my 2 year old daughter this past summer. She LOVED it. Now whenever I ask her, "What did you dream about last night?" She says, 'SNOW!' Thank you for writing it and creating such beautiful pictures to go with it.

Jen said...

We read this story all year long. . .my boys love to uncover the animals and say "night night pig!" "night night horsie!"

tykergirl said...

Around our house we're awfully glad you didn't resist. We enjoy it immensely. Thank you also for sharing some insight into your making it. It's fun to share with my older boys. They still enjoy it but it's much easier for them to say they're re-reading a picture book to see how the author's art has progressed. :)

tykergirl said...

Around our house we're awfully glad you didn't resist. We enjoy it immensely. Thank you also for sharing some insight into your making it. It's fun to share with my older boys. They still enjoy it but it's much easier for them to say they're re-reading a picture book to see how the author's art has progressed. :)

Sarah Butland said...

I have added this book to my son's Christmas list - it's his first Christmas so I know he's a bit young (will be just over a month) but I believe it's never too early to start reading to your child.

Sarah Butland
www.SarahButland.com

Peter said...

I teach Kindergarten and First Grade in Greensboro and my children are so excited to learn about you! They will be even more excited when they discover you have your own blog just like our class does. If you have a chance, check out some of our excitement for learning!

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Annie said...

HO thrilled I was to see you have a blog, Eric. I am a music teacher who uses your books in class. Better yet, my 3 year old daughter in Maine sent me a video of herself reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" Timeless!Naturally I'm sharing "Dream Snow" with her.

seema ibrahim said...

Beautiful! ur books and illustration way is always inspiring and amzingly unique.Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.Wish you a very happy holidays and a prosperous healthy new year.

Seema Ibrahim

Deborah J. Stewart said...

I am amazed at your art! I love that you have chosen to use a medium such as tissue paper to create - it is so fun to share with preschoolers and let them try too!

Pene said...

I've loved your books & on Monday (Dec. 21st) I read "Dream Snow" to a first grade English class at the Catholic School in Tartu, Estonia. They loved it. Thank you for all your wonderful books.

indigodragon said...

I'm glad you were able to take a little break to inspire your creativity. I think as artist's we all need that from time to time. I really like the new technique, and the wonderful, vivid colors!
Happy Holidays and Cheers in the New Year!

seema ibrahim said...

With a New Year 2011, Hope it has brought many good new ventures for you. Also happy surprises. May God Bless you! you are a treasure to us and especially to children. I would love to hear more about your latest