Michelle’s Interests: Artists, Authors, Flora, Fauna & more…

Picturing Poetry Picture Book Exhibit

I recently viewed this wonderful picture book exhibit:
Picturing Poetry. It includes picture book artists illustrating poetry from Beowulf to Langston Hughes. The artists, authors  and their books include Carin Berger’s Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant by Jack Prelutsky, Ed Young’s Birches by Robert Frost, R. Gregory Christie’s From Love to Langston by Tony Medina, Peter Sis’ The Conference of the Birds, Brian Pinkney’s The Dream Keeper and other Poems by Langston Hughes, and James Rumford’s Beowulf. 
Picturing Poetry is at
Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryan Education Center
Through May 12, 2013


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The first  New Book I can remember is “Curl Up Small” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. It’s a pivotal book for me for a few reasons; first it was given to me by my grandmother whom I was very fond of and only got to know briefly, next it’s about nature, cycles and quietness and filled with rich and sensitive illustrations. Perhaps the book  influenced all the nature linked art I create today. Here’s the cover of the book: 

Hope you enjoy these Pictures from the Art Institute of Chicago’s Artful Alphabet Exhibit, June 11- Nov. 6, 2011, in the Ryan Education Center.

Mary Thelen From her book: The Jazzy alphabet, Cool Cat cuttin the Rug..
Mary Azarian From her book: A Garden’s Alphabet, Everything.
Mary Azarian Underground
Chris Raschka L is for Lion.
Chris Raschka from his book, Talk to me about the Alphabet.
Stacy Innerst D is for drumming and dining all around your house.

Spring Nature Walk: Indian Boundary Park

I took a walk through Indian Boundary Park, in Rogers Park Chicago. Many of the wildflowers were in full bloom and some of the critters were out and busy… Hope you enjoy your visit!

Taking a break on the log.

Find Me in the Tree…

Busy Bee Pollinating

The Secret Garden

I recently read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, to my daughter. We both enjoyed the sensitivity of the illustrations. These images are from a 1962 borrowed library book, and I would love to find a copy of this book for my own collection!  I’ll be adding the illustrations hopefully before the book is due again. The Book was returned and here are more of the color Illustrations. I’ll be adding some of the black and white illustrations also.

01. Chapter 4. Secret Garden Martha

02. Chapter 6. Secret Garden Martha & Mary

03. Chapter 7. Secret Garden Key of Garden

04. Chapter 8 Secret Garden Mary with Key

06. Chapter 12. Secret Garden Mary & Father

07. Chapter 14. Secret Garden Mary with Martha

08. Chapter 20. Secret Garden Mary, Colin and Dickon

09. Chapter 24. Secret Garden Martha’s Mom

10. 26. Secret Garden Mother with Mary

11. Chapter 27. Secret Garden The Garden

6 Responses to Michelle’s Interests: Artists, Authors, Flora, Fauna & more…

  1. Allison Blakley Davis says:

    I had a first edition of this book when it first came out, but it didn’t survive the various family moves. I’ll keep my eyes open for another copy for you.

  2. Beautiful work, Michelle.

  3. sue clancy says:

    Wonderful work Michelle!!! I love the details you get!!

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