Children love search pictures and, as I noticed, not only the little ones. I am currently working on my fourth picture book. Since I use the iPad for my book illustrations, it was a nice change for me to paint on paper using watercolor and ink. I could well imagine to create an entire book with traditional painting utensils, even if the process takes much longer. The greatest difficulty is to scan or photograph the finished illustrations for the book printing.
If parents with children read my posting: Eight animals are hidden in the meadow. In my next blog entry I will give you a sneak peek into my next picture book.
I have always loved to read aloud – and I still do. But sometimes it’s nice to spontaneously invent stories and tell them right away. Or you take a nice picture and come up with a story together with your children.
There is no story for this illustration yet. The scene with the dwarf with the lantern and the sleeping animals could certainly be a start for a nice bedtime story.
During the last few days, you could see them everywhere in the bakeries and confectionery departments of supermarkets: The lucky pigs made of marzipan, usually together with a four-leaf clover. Another lucky charm for the new year are small chimney sweepers made of paper mache, which I do not really like. I have no idea why they consider the chimney sweep as a lucky charm. In any case, I prefer the marzipan pig. These little pigs just look so cute. As to whether they bring luck, I cannot say. But they always tasted very good to me.