Friday, April 3, 2009
There are so many things I would like to share with you - my old, new and future friends... It's hard to pick one subject. I would like for exemple to talk to you about my uncle Garth. Even though I was born and raised in France, I am biologicaly and magicaly related to a wonderful slice of american culture in the form of my uncle Garth Williams and his wonderful Art. He is most well known for his illustrations of The Little House in the Prairy, Mister Dog and other little Golden books, Charlote's Web, Stuart Little, and some others. But sadly, the most wonderful and beautiful of all his work is a much less known book about two little rabbits that fall in love. His technique there is at it's zenith, and it's one of the few books that he himself wrote. indeed it's one of the most beautiful and sweetest children books ever made. It is called "The rabbit's Wedding" A must-have. Another great one is "Three Little Animals". In both of these books, he uses ink washes and charcoal or pencil, with a very Chinese-brush-like technique, with very few subtle colours. Like his dad -my grand father- who was a very talented artist as well, Garth did not like the world of commercial Art. He avoided as much as possible having to deal with the pains of becoming well known, promoting oneself and humoring art directors and he did not hesitate to refuse a job if it didn't meet his ideals.