Getting back into the swing of things

I am in love what I am doing: matching up fantastic pictures that are squirreled away in discarded books and teaming them up with a picture frame that has seen better days, adding a splash of color with a mat board, and creating one of a kind and unique art. This is the kind of stuff we need on our walls, not the mass produced stuff from Target of Urban Outfitters (don’t get me wrong, I love love love those stores, but we need to assert our individuality and the most appropriate place is on our walls, our art!)

I am a major art lover, I even went to college and majored in art, but I cannot make the stuff I want to see on my walls. I don’t think most of us can. Even my illustrator husband who can literally draw anything and everything, does make some nice stuff for us, but we need variety, we need different opinions, we need contrast, but above all, we need good art, lots of it.

So visit my GotchaChaCha on Etsy and see if you agree with me and my idea’s and vision.

Here’s to good art!

Below, my inspiration, (sometimes), Cha Cha. She caught a mouse the other day. No picture of that.


New Illustrations Coming

Here are some illustration that brings me joy. From the book, “A Treasury of Little Golden Books”. Can’t really frame pictures from this book, but here they are all together, and I discovered a new favorite, Aurelius Battaglia, which I will have to research.

And what I am working on next, are just so good illustrations from this book:

Hopefully get something in The Shop tomorrow, so come back then!


Now for something fun. Here is a collage of the pictures I currently have for sale on Etsy. You know, I am trying to sell these, sure, but I also just really love these pictures.  I started looking at children’s vintage books after the birth of my first daughter. There truly is an innocence that is not in contemporary books. I love so much illustration, and I love what is being made now a days, but this earlier stuff, before computers, before too-adult pop culture, hell, before MTV, speaks to a time when little girls could wear smocks and dresses (and not be skinny may I add) and the animals were funny, not snarky. On my treasure hunting I also come upon old science journals and textbooks, and those illustrations are clean and crisp and earnest. I use them with irony now, kind of like the pleasure of watching “Mad Men”.

And I think, that if I don’t highlight them, frame them and put them on my wall, they are lost to everyone. So this is my attempt by drawing attention to something, that in my mind, is very valuable and enriching. Maybe you do too!

“The Rain Puddle”, Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

“The Rain Puddle”, 1965, was written by Adelaide Holl, and was illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and his is The Illustrator Of The Day at my Etsy shop.

You can learn more about Roger Duvoisin here, but you would probably recognize his illustrations of such children’s classics as “Happy Lion” (written by his wife, Louise Fatio), and “Petunia”. He won a Caldecott Award for “White Snow Bright Snow”, written by Alvin Tresselt, in 1948, and he won a Caldecott Honor Award for “Hide and Seek Fog”, 1966.

“His virtuoso technique with line and color separations made by hand became legendary in the field.”

His illustrations are sharp and colorful and fit in with today’s modern style.

I have this and one other illustration up for sale.