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“Outside the Box” (two cases)

“Outside the Box” (two cases)

We’re into some lessons on linear perspective in the course.
It’s a big subject, of course, that has preoccupied the intellects of artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to David Hockney.  But no discussion on it today is complete without a mention of Dick Termes of  Spearfish, South Dakota,  who has learned how to turn the world inside out.

I’m nuts about this artist and his website and his videos and creations.  His meticulous painting reminds me a little of the art of late great children’s illustrator Barbara Cooney.  Except his illustrations employ vanishing points to your left and  right, below and above,  in front of and behind you — all on the surface of a beach ball — or rather, a “Termesphere.”

The largest exhibit ever of these brain-bending orbs, Thinking in the Round is on display  at the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City South Dakota through May 31.

Meanwhile, in case you’ve ever wondered, refrigerators,  too can be exquisite vehicles of self-expression.

So can children’s  nonfiction. And when you combine the two, you can get something like
Chill: Discover the Cool and Creative Side of Your Fridge by Allan Peterkin (Kids Can Press, Toronto, Ontario. 2009) cover

With chapters named “History”, “Theory”, “Practice”,  “Business” and “Resources”, you know this is the definitive self help book on the subject of refrigerator art.  It even tells us how refrigerator magnets are made. Animator and children’s television program director Mike Sheill provides the zany, sometimes gross though appropriate (in a Sponge Bob sort of way) cartoon art — and endpapers that feature what else but refrigerator contents. Chill proves that you can make an entertaining children’s nonfiction book  of almost any topic, which is the attitutde kids take in seeing the world, anyway.

About The Author

Mark Mitchell

Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Mark G. Mitchell teaches classes in watercolor and children's book illustration at The Contemporary Austin Art School in Austin, Texas. He's the author of an online course, "Make Your Marks and Splashes: A Natural Approach to Children's Book Illustration."

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