Monday, July 18, 2011

Picture Books and Picasso

Earlier this year, I was asked to write a short picture book text for an illustration competition run by the State Library to coincide with their children's book illustration exhibition: "Look! The Art of Children's Picture Books Today".
Each month, a new section of the story was released and children were invited to send in their interpretations of the text. It goes without saying that it was VERY difficult to choose the winning entries as the work was so diverse and so lovely and sometimes the other judges: author/illustrator Anna Walker and author/publisher Jane Godwin and I would disagree. But I think you'll agree that the finished books in all three age categories are simply stunning.
Click on this link to look at the e-book, and make sure you read all the way through as the different age groups are all bound up together.
As an illustrator, I find children's artwork constantly inspiring: the spontaneity of their line work, the freshness of their ideas. Looking at children's drawings helps loosen my rigid adult way of seeing the world. As Picasso once famously said: "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."


  1. Hi Sally,
    I absolutely love this post. I am going to be busy for hours. I've already filled in the Victorian State Library Survey and I've been watching the Picture Book Author/Illustrators links.
    Your e-book is stunning! I find it so fascinating how children develop their drawing/artist skills and develop their own personal style.

    I saw the Picasso exhibition when it was in Brisbane years ago. Thank you for reminding me just how brilliant it was and sharing this link. I'm in heaven!!!!

  2. Hi Renee,
    I'm thrilled that you are enjoying those links. It was a very special exhibition and I'm happy to report is now set to tour so might be heading your way!
    I loved the Picasso exhibition too as I'm a big fan of his work. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the work of Schiele and Klimt, another two of my favourite painters, at the NGV as a part of the new 'Vienna' exhibition. While Picasso was a master of line, these two are masters of pattern and colour. Love, love, love!

  3. Thanks for letting me know Sally. I will definitely be going!
    My brother teaches english in South Korea and he saw the Klimt exhibition when it was there. He said it was brilliant. I've got a wooden jewellery case with Klimt's painting, 'The Kiss.' I love his work also.