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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ok, so this weekend at the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Authors & Illustrators conference (biiigggg inhale), I had many nice encounters and heard inspiring, smart, professional artists. One of the most inspiring talks was by Christopher Canyon, a southern Ohio artist who seems to reinvent himself with each new picture book.

This is another short post, the purpose of which is to say to artists and illustrators, simply "Go to his website and see how Christopher Canyon and his equally astounding artist-wife, Jeanette, have made what looks like a beautiful life doing beautiful work that enhances the lives of children."

And also: I had to buy his Christopher's picture-book version of John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulders," because 1)He did a great slide show talking about the making of the book, 2)It's an inspiring work that, as he points out, isn't about anything happening, but about a feeling, a situation that sets up an interesting challenge for illustrators, 3) he played guitar and sang the song for us, and 4) the whole experience spirited me back not only to the 70s, but to that very particular kind of freedom that characterized being a kid out in nature int he summer.



Clare said...

I Stickeen signed by him!

Valorie Grace Hallinan said...

Good post!