My daughter is only 6 months old. She doesn't understand pretty much anything that is said to her, but "the experts" all say you should read to your infants from birth anyway. Really? Does it make a difference to their growth and development? I'm skeptical. I mean, you try to read a book to a baby that can't sit up and cries every time you try to just sit with her and a book. So, I honestly haven't found a lot of time to read to her. I know...I'm a rebel mother.
But...I do try from time to time and am seeing a change in her ability to focus these days, so reading is becoming more of a priority. As I have started to read a bit more of the children's books, I find myself really looking at the artwork. I think about the artist that completed each page and why they decided to do what they did. I enjoy figuring out what medium they used and trying to look for the details.
Anyway, we don't have many books yet, so the same ones have been repeated many times. Here are two of the books I tend to read more often:
As you can see from the covers, the style of these books could not be more different. The alphabet book is extremely simple with a lot of solid colors and simple lines. It was probably all illustrated on a computer. The kisses book is full of beautiful watercolors. There are a lot of details and there is a large color range on each page.
When reading through each book, there was one page in each that always makes me a little bit happier to turn to. Each page makes me feel excited and especially creative. Here they are:
Again...really different, right? But, do you see something similar? Look again.
Exact. Same. Colors.
I obviously am drawn towards this color combination. Here's a note to go into my artistic journal (if it existed).
"Bethany, you love this color combination - spring green, royal purple, sunny yellow, tangerine orange, and highlights of white. It doesn't matter what you do...just use these colors and you will love it."
Eclipse - These photos also inspired me to want to paint
Last Reminder - Some inspiration from nature
Hidden Artwork - Maps - Another place I was surprised to find some beautiful art