Spread from Winter Lullaby- 10.5" x 21" , acrylic
This week's Illustration Friday topic is "Swarm". I admit, I rarely have time to create something new specifically for Illustration Friday, but I enjoy participating in the forum. If you are not familiar with the site, you should check it out. It's an excuse to be creative and share with other artists and fans. There is a different theme posted every Friday and hundreds of artists contribute to it each week.
Detail from Winter Lullaby
This piece is the second spread from my picture book Winter Lullaby. Written in question and answer form on alternating spreads, the text simply and poetically explains where animals go in the winter. The opener poses the question "When the breeze blows the petals off the flowers, where do the bees go?" Turning the page, this particular painting illustrates the answer, "inside their hives 'till spring arrives". It's a quiet bedtime story for young children that happily is still in print. You can find it here.