If you notice some of the imagery in the clouds, I think this is what a book does for a child’s mind. It allows a dreamlike state of reverie and a glimpse into worlds unseen. Or potential worlds?
In my own childhood I was much like this little girl at the window. Luckily, my relatives gave me books to read. A book allows you to slip into the world the writer created. Many books I had in childhood had beautiful illustrations like this one.
I love pen and ink and watercolor washes done this way. The images for my books HEART OF CLOUDS and the upcoming THE SEAHEART (I will be writing in November) are suited to this kind of imagery.
We have so much technology now for books. But I like books as a tangible beautiful aesthetic object. That is what they were in the past — and some publishers still do them this way.
I decided to make THE SEAHEART one word. For poetic reasons.
I think the imagery in the books I’m writing would look lovely with this old fashioned kind of illustration.