Oct 04 2017
The Peacock who wanted to Fly like an Eagle, written and illustrated by Mama Suranya is a marvellous story of a little Peacock called Piku who wishes to fly like his friend the “Little Eagle”. Unaware of his own talent and worth Piku feels neglected and depressed as he watches the little eagle soar higher and higher every day until he becomes a dot in the sky.
But one fine Rainy day as the clouds roared “ Dharram Dharram Dharam!” Piku’s life takes a 360-degree turn when Mama Peacock and Papa Peacock give him the surprise of his life and he realizes his real worth.
Inspired by Indian paintings the illustrations take you on a splendid tour of the life in “Madhuvan Gardens”. Whereas similes such as “ Muchhas of Ravana” add to the beauty of the narration.
Drenched in the petrichor of India this book is a must-have for every child.
Sep 21 2017
Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco is a sensitive book that talks about the importance of the role a teacher plays in a child’s life. How being a good teacher does not only entail having the knowledge of once subject but the ability to guide and unfold the abilities of a child rather than trying to mould her/him.
This is an excellent book about an elementary school principal who takes the time to help a troubled child. It addresses racism, bullying and teasing, and it’s also great for bird lovers.Though the story touches upon the issues of bullying and the harm that it does, but it highlights another very important factor, the conditions that cause a child to become a bully in the first place. Mr. Lincoln’s Way draws the connection between what a child learns at home and what he does at school. The story encourages us to ask whether it is really the child’s fault that he is a bully.
Polacco’s illustrations add to the story as she has meticulously detailed her story with people of all ethnicities, which makes the story relatable to all. She has marvelously captured different emotions, moods and gestures through her watercolour and pencil illustrations.
Read the book to find out how Mr. Lincoln helps “Mean Gene” become his true self “Eugene Esterhause”.
Aug 28 2017
Do not wait for the perfect time to create…
A picture book biography of the remarkable folk artist Clementine Hunter, who defied all odds for her passion of painting.
An awe inspiring journey of her paintings hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed. Can you imagine being an artist who isn’t allowed into your own show? That’s what happened to folk artist Clementine Hunter.
With lyrical writing and striking water colour illustrations, that capture the essence of her life and work, this picture book biography introduces kids to a self-taught artist whose paintings captured scenes of backbreaking work and joyous celebrations of a farm life.
Art from her Heart written by Kathy Whitehead & illustrated by Shane W. Evans is a book that gives younger readers the opportunity to learn about Clementine Hunter’s important contributions to folk art and the obstacles she faced as an African American woman artist. A picture book about, dreams fantasies and the real life challenges related to farm work, human resources, and discrimination.
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Aug 21 2017
The Artist’s Way by #JuliaCameron
Books, leading to books is a calling.
A few years ago, when I picked up ‘Who will cry when you die’ written by Robin Sharma, little was I cognizant that it was my calling for a transition. Though it took a few years to realize it, the rusted levers were set in motion by the latent forces of nature, then.
Robin Sharma suggested two books to readers; Walden by Henry Thoreau and The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron.
Unaware of the instant shift in FOC, that evening, I went to the book store and picked up both – it was not an easy decision because The Artists’ Way was a costly ledger – the trade off between entertainment, pleasure, and fun vs. addressing & rediscovering essential deeper self.
I took that chance then….
….and realized a few years later that NATURE could never go wrong. It craves for alignment, always.
I left Walden after fifty pages; my cerebral taste buds were not so accustomed to the compound and dense creation of art. So, I began reading The Artists’ Way which is much easier to eyes and brain. (Confession – I have not yet finished Walden, but plan to do it soon).
Reading through it, this is what I have come to learn about Creativity & how ignorant we are about it.
Let me ask you a questions.
As a parent, would you ever insult your own kid?
I know your answer, it is a big NO!! Isn’t it?
What if I say, You DO, we all DO it consciously or unconsciously.
Here is something for us to assimilate.
– We want to be a Singer, but we compare our voice with a celebrity’s voice, the moment we open our mouth.
– We want to be a writer, but we expect to match up to Stephen King or Lee Child, right from the time we write our first page.
….and so on and so forth…
Is this not an insult to our creative child?
Why we forget that time defines the evolution of an artistic flair. Why are we so unfair to us, not ready to give time and chance to the creative child to metamorphose into an adult.
Why do we deny the basics – pampering, grooming, nurturing and hand-holding, every creative child inside us deserves so badly.
Above all, many of us do not even realize that we have a creative child breathing inside us.
A book that can be classified primarily as self-help by many but is more like common sense. It is designed to help readers reject the evils of self-doubt and seek for creative indulgence not as a profession or professional but as a form of therapy.
At the core of the book is a custom called “morning pages,” based on the belief that free-form writing, each morning, will unclog one’s mental and emotional channels of all the waste that gets in the way of being happy.
The other essential ritual involves taking oneself on an “artist’s date” each week – planning an outing to a museum or some other site of thought, free from the weight of responsibility or work.
Some day I will write a book on this master art, but today, I have to end my review here with two life changing lines by the Author and then my own comprehension of what this book has taught me over the years, and when I re-read earlier this year.
‘Practice Mystery, not Mastery’
‘Artistic people must learn how to emotionally guard themselves against the tides of negativity -both external and internal.’
Creativity is beyond the realms of semantics, a divine blessing guided by higher planes. Unfortunately, our limited intellect barely qualifies to decipher even a spec of it, unless, either it’s HIS will or our aspirations guided by the subconscious.
Aug 10 2017
Author: Anjum Rana
Illustration Design: Sameer Kulavoor
Truck Art: Hakeem Nawaz, Amer Khan
Publisher: Tara Books
This Truck has got to be Special says Truck artist Zarrar to China’s Gul, a truck driver from Pakistan. Gul- who drives along the mountain roads of the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush- has finally bought his own vehicle and wants it painted beautifully.
As Zarrar gets to work, Gul waits in the yard, thinking about his many journeys, the splendour of the hills and the intricacies of Truck Art until everything is atlast ready and it’s time to be off, on the road again!
A richly imagined collaboration between a Pakistani writer, Pakistani Truck artists and an Indian Illustrator, this book celebrates the energy and joy of Pakistani Truck Art, as well as the artists whose skill and labour breathe life into it. All along, the bold graphic vigour of Truck Art tells its own story.India has its history of Truck Art with the most eye catching slogans painted at the back of the truck. Can we share what we remember?
Jul 10 2017
During 1990-1992, Komagata created “LITTLE EYES” series for his daughter Ai Komagata. He realised that the new born babies are unable to distinguish colours, yet, they respond to contrast and simple shapes. He started with basic shapes in black and white, progressing to colour and then to concepts. The craft, concept, graphics, colours, paper, and the quality of print is awe inspiring. It is by far the most creative interventions that I have experienced in the space of printing.
Innovation is in the format. Small sized square books, meant for tiny hands, doesn’t bind you to a pre-bound format instead each page is an accordion fold and can be used in isolation or in combination to create a story, an installation and whatever else the mind can conceive. You can observe it from different angles and can create games too.
Check out the tiles:
Little Eyes No 1: First Look
Little Eyes No 2: Meet Colours
Little Eyes No 3: Play With Colours
Little Eyes No 4: One For Many
Little Eyes No 5: 1 to 10
Liitle Eyes No 6: What color?
Little Eyes No 7: The Animals
Little Eyes No 8: Friends In Nature
Little Eyes No 9: Walk & Look
Little Eyes No 10: Go Around
Enjoy the series!
Apr 20 2017
The book “Those Shoes” spectacularly portrays the modern day pressure of the need to fit in, on a child and then shows how he finds his way and goes beyond to a place of kindness and generosity toward another.
“Those Shoes” written by “ Maribeth Bolelts” and illustrated by “Noah Z. Jones” is about a boy who wants the latest trend of shoes but his grandmother cannot afford the retail price. They find a pair in a thrift store that’s a size too small, yet the boy buys them anyways and never wears them from the pain.
Read this book to find out what he does in the end that makes him happy about not having “Those Shoes” any longer.
Noah Z. Jones’s illustrations, created with watercolor, pencil and ink and put together digitally, perfectly depict how quickly a fad can flood the halls of a school, and how desperately children want to be able to have what others take for granted.
This picture book provides fodder for initiating conversations about fitting in, trends, and the difference in needs and wants.
Artist MentorBy art1stindia . Posted in Art1st Books