The Artist


It seems that the Artist’s head fizzes and buzzes with ideas. It’s full of the wonder, joy and choices of the world about her. In fact, she’s filled with a need to nurture these ideas so that she shows them through her art, with crayons, pencils and paints. Thereafter, she makes works that people want to see.

They lead her to leave for the big city where people view them. However, what if the artist’s brush slips and she colours outside the lines? Could her disappointment at her mistake lead her to surrender her brush? Or might the encouragement of the people encourage her? After all, doesn’t everyone make mistakes? Furthermore, don’t we need her art?

Ed Vere’s The Artist is inspirational and heartwarming, infused with shadow and blurred primary inks, line and movement. Bookwagon loves this passionate, meaningful picture book.

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The Artist

Ed Vere

(Penguin Random House)

The Artist ‘sees the wonder, the joy and the beauty’ and ‘makes it into- ART‘. Ed Vere shows the processes that this entails. Thereafter we see the artist’s head ‘full of colours, full of feelings. Full of moods, full of dreams‘. It seems that all the ‘fizzing, buzzing, bumping together‘ of this fullness fuse into ‘ideas’.
At that point, ‘with crayons, paint and pencils‘ there might be drawings and plans and pictures that could take her far from home. Thereafter, these ideas could lead to busy cities where her pictures are shown and provoke comments and the desire for more. However, what if the artist’s brush slips and she moves outsides the lines with her colours? Could it lead to the people encouraging her away from the sadness this brings that they demonstrate how much they ‘love [her] pictures‘? In fact, might it be that ‘mistakes are how [we] learn’?
It seems such a message might make her colours fly into a messy fullness? Then again, it seems that Ed Vere’s message is clear, that creativity is open and ongoing and essential.
Bookwagon loves the rich tapestry of colours, the urgency of the message and then the depth of storytelling, too. Like his Mr Big, The Artist is vulnerable. Then again, like that character, this one is charged by the need to create, explore, show and bring joy. What a beautiful picture book!


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