|I love the colors in this drawing. Joan shifts the evening world towards blue. The lighting is spectacular. Notice the moonlight reflected on the hills, in the trees, and on the ground. A full moon is like a second sun. The forest scene is well imagined to include tree branches on the ground, and brush. But the real power in the scene is the stare between the girl and the owl. This picture certainly draws us in.
The most well known example of an artist who sometimes used a palate shifted towards blue is that of the Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. For a few years at the beginning of the 20th century he painted a series of pictures that were largely in shades of blue. This came to be known as his "blue period." As I have mentioned before, we are shifting in Stone Soup towards publishing more free-standing art--art that doesn't necessarily have to be tied to a story. If Joan's and Picasso's blue shifted artworks inspire you, then please send us what you create. You don't need to use a blue dominated palette. Follow your imagination to match a compressed choice of colors to what you are depicting.
Writing a novel?
If you are a young writer reading this today, or a former Stone Soup author or Honor Roll recipient, I'd like to know whether you are in the midst or writing a novel or longer form piece of prose, or have already finished one. You can reach me by replying to this Newsletter.
Coming soon - the September Poetry Issue
I had the pleasure today to read the upcoming poetry issue. I was so impressed. I have read a lot of poetry by young writers in the last 45 years. This collection that Emma Wood has selected for the September issue is the strongest body of children's poetry I can remember reading. I think you will find, as I did today, that the poems have fluency, complexity, beauty, and emotional power. You will be able to read the new issue online on September 1st. If you need help getting into your digital account, then get in touch with us at email@example.com, and we'll make sure you are up and running in time for the new issue!
Until next week,