This is a video Roger just found. It was done by the Los Angeles Children's Museum from my book, Bring On That Beat. The illustrations were done in black and white oil paint with colour shapes layered over them using the computer. I was one of the first illustrators to use the computer to create book illustrations....my first books using this technique were, ABC Pop, 123 Pop and Bring On That Beat. The first 2 titles were based on the Pop Art movement with an homage to such Pop artists as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
This photo is awful but it is the best I could manage. I love old posters. This oil painting measures 5' x 4'. I plan to paint more circus scenes when I get to France. I saw a wonderful circus poster, that was once plastered on the kiosks in Paris advertising the arrival of the circus and the location of the great tent, in a small shop near the Seine. I saw that poster in the early 70s.....wonder if the poster and shop still exists. Many artists created advertisement posters for kiosks and theaters including Jules Chéret, Toulouse-Lautrec and Théophile Alexandre Steinlen.
I will be handing in my next completed book to my publisher, Penguin, in a few days. Love to come to the end of the journey. I usually celebrate by treating myself to some item I've been wanting......a small antique type object or some special book. I remember going to McMillan Publishers, years ago, with my first finished book, "Max". It was quite a thrilling experience. Afterwards, I went on the crosstown bus, 59th Street in New York City, and told the person, a total stranger sitting next to me, what I had just experienced. "Max" came out a year later and was a big success....which really launched my book career.
Started a new painting....not certain I like it. I'll keep going until a decision can be made. It's difficult to know when to put down the brush and call it quits. When you come to the realization that, "there is hope but no chance" as Roger always says....it's time to move on.
I am working on a new painting....I am always working on a new painting. I am thinking that there might be some sort of pattern in producing successful paintings. What I mean, is that I go through a few, perhaps 3 or 4, canvases and then hit a good one. A keeper. I very rarely achieve, let's say, 5 good paintings in a row. I've read about many artists who experience this as well. Even when Van Gogh returned home, he would paint over a bunch of canvases once he looked at them propped up against a wall in his house. One paints madly and then when the painting is viewed from a distance, or off the easel, it looks different. Know what I am talking about?
The same thing happens with book illustrations. When the book is finally produced, and you see your artwork reproduced in book form, the results can be very disappointing. This happens to many illustrators. I know many who stopped doing books because of this end result. I have a rule, I don't look at a published book I have done for at least 6 months. For some reason, the space of time lessens the blow.
This is a book I just finished for Penguin-Random House Publishers. It will be out in a few months. The story is set in Africa.
It takes about a year, from when I hand in completed text and artwork for everything to come together and a book to be actualized. There is an enormous amount of work that goes into making a book after it leaves my hands...from editors to art directors and their art departments to designers to printers to publishers, etc. it takes a village to produce a book.
I have almost completed my next book, My Dog Laughs. This will be out in spring 2017. And, I'm writing the book that will follow.
I'm working on a new painting which is actually an old painting that I am re-working. I now apply a new technique to paintings that I didn't like but did not want to discard. A great deal of experimentation and discovery has gone into this process. I used to get so discouraged and frustrated with paintings I was working on, I slashed the canvas with a knife, never wanting to lay eyes on it again....wish I had those canvases to rework. Attempting to put gesso over a previously used canvas is very difficult, if you want to achieve a smooth surface. But, now I find the unevenness of the canvas has many advantages. Van Gogh worked on jute at times which gave the surface a rougher texture and greater absorbance. This all makes painting even more of a challenge while extending the possibilities.
May 7th, 2016
Liss Gallery's Grand Opening Group Show
Liss Gallery cordially invites you to a group exhibition celebrating the grand opening of our new Cumberland location.
Featuring new artworks by: Greg Angus, Johnathan Ball, Malcolm Emilio, Rob Farmer, Rachel Isadora, Sim Posen and Alexander Rocco.
112 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON, Canada.
June 4, 2016
Tony Williams Ballet is proud to present an action-packed program that will include the second-ever production of “Ben’s Trumpet,” a jazz ballet concert based on the award-winning children’s book by Rachel Isadora, along with a carnival of works from George Balanchine to Isadora Duncan with the sounds of Saint-Saens, Glinka & 1930s- 40s jazz.
Strand Theater, Dorchester, MA
543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125, United States
$20 Tickets: twbstrand.eventbrite.com
I was surrounded by art and artists from my very beginning. My mother and uncle were artists and from the time I can remember, I was in the stroller visiting their artist friends, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Raphael Soyer, in every cold water flat and studio in New York City. I loved to paint and draw and wanted to become an artist too.
My sister was a dancer and I was still in the stroller when I watched her classes at The New Dance Group. When I was old enough, I began lessons. My love of dance continued and I became a ballerina.
The two arts have remained intertwined to this day and are inseparable. Though I don't dance professionally any longer, the subject is the focus of many of my paintings and books. I observed closely movement and form of the human body when I was dancing and this has been an inspiration for my Expressionist paintings. Being exposed to some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries has only inflamed my passion for art. Great music and choreography influence my paintings through timing, colour and light.