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“If you want to be an artist, you have no choice but to be driven,” proclaims colored pencil artist Megan Seiter. Just in case you missed the feature article by Naomi Ekperigin on Seiter’s work in Drawing magazine earlier this year (Winter 2013), here’s a snippet from it!
An old friend of Tomie’s, Will Hillenbrand, the author and illustrator of award-winning books like What a Treasure!, Traveling to Tondo, Spring Is Here, and Louie!, first met Tomie 27 years ago when Will and his wife, Jane, attended the opening reception for a show of dePaola’s work in Nashua, New Hampshire. The next day they took dePaola’s workshop, “So You Want To Write a Children’s Book.” In November 2012, Will and Tomie chatted in dePaola’s 200-year-old barn studio in New Hampshire.
I look for an interesting, balanced composition, technical ability (rendering, paint handling, etc.), exciting color and light, and an interesting subject. Knowledge of the subject matter is critically important when portraying animals and their habitat.
When did you realize that you were an artist? Perhaps your own parents saw the light before you did, and encouraged it to shine. Drawing is empowering, and that’s why it’s important to nourish one’s talents and hobbies.
As a child, I remember wandering the aisles of the local department store that was filled with patent leather shoes. Their shiny and reflective nature was mesmerizing. As an adult, they artistically inspired me. Not only were they shiny and reflective, but the heels were also very high. I began to think about how I had grown as an artist and how these shoes were an analogy for my life. I felt that trying to do my best and creating high standards for myself could create opportunities for me to improve and showcase my art, just like the height of these beautiful shoes.
The squash is a humble vegetable. It’s violently catapulted across fields in a sport called pumpkin chunking. It’s subjected yearly to eager hands equipped with carving knives, and then, it’s inevitably left to rot on front porches across America, while our attention moves to plants of the evergreen sort.