Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Back to beginnings
Sorry for the long break here. Rich and I have been touring around with family, looking for pelicans, watching herons, peeping at fall leaves, generally having a good time.
But there's more to be said about beginnings. Today I want to share illustrator and writer Jo Stanbridge's thoughts on beginnings. Jo lives outside of Toronto. She's also a librarian in her day job and a passionate artist in her heart. She's published a number of books, including two award--winners titled "Famous Dead Canadians." She finished a picture book on Charles Ives that will be published in the near future by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt .
"I adore research, too.
The other thing I have to do is to make a mess. I envy Nancy her ability to think clearly in her head! I can't seem to think without scribbling, anymore. I've attached an example. I was trying to work out an idea for a "Seasonal ABC" book. You can see how it started out tight and got messier and messier as I went along.
Near the end, I must have thought, "What would make this book different or interesting? Where's the added-value?" And out popped two ideas. I still think the Australia idea is cool. But I don't think I would have hit on it without the scribbling and mess."
It's nice to be reminded that beginnings can be messy. And out of those messes come some great ideas.