mixed media painting

Art That’s Cool-Eric Carle

The Art of Eric Carle: Eric Carle: 9780399240027: Amazon.com: Books

I recently read this amazing book and have a deeper appreciation for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Just now I came across an article and this passage just sums up my experience. The enjoyment that I get just makes me want to share it.

Art, as Carle likes to call his personal works, “is kind of funny,” he says. “I didn’t want it to be all that important. I just did it for myself. I did it for entertainment.”

So where does his inspiration come from?

Eric created a book that children can read and learn from at school. At the same time he wanted children to  feel the comfort of playing with a toy at home. Don’t you remember reading the book and trying to touch the pages, the holes and the huge butterfly?

He loves animals. He seems to love color and nature.

He paints tissue paper and then cuts out shapes to build collages of illustrations for his books. The best part is this was unintentional. He had been painting and used the leftover scraps to create these beautiful images we get to experience every time we read and remember.

Read the article here and you may want to go to the library or a bookstore and pick up the book too.

Now I have to do some collage work. I will include this as part of the putting into practice part of this session.