Jules: Today, we’re happy to feature art work from German blogger and painter Gabriela Böhm, whose blog, Kampfhorn (“wee but powerful”), caught my eye a few weeks ago. And when it did, I saw this illustration we’re featuring here, and I fell in love with it (here’s the post where I initially saw the illustration, entitled “Gratitude is a force”). And then I saw posts like this (oh yes! Rilke) and this, the Goddess of Illustration. I love it. So, I asked her if we could feature some of her paintings here. For the record, Gabriela, who goes by Ella, is not an illustrator of children’s books (though don’t you think she should try her hand at it one day?), and I know that’s who we usually feature here. But her paintings were too good to pass up. Here’s a little bit about Ella, which she shared with us:
“Three facts about me and my art:
- Because I love photography, you will sometimes find photographic effects in my drawings or paintings such as vignetting, fisheye perspective and grading. (Short) animation and movies are also a huge influence.
- Experimenting with different textures (e.g. Nepalese paper) — either to paint on or to use as part of an image — is also something I am excited about.
- Animals fascinate me and often find their way into my work.
(Why is it so hard to talk about what you do?!?)” 😉
You can also read more about her here at her blog’s “About” page (she’s a fighting squirrel, but you’ll have to go read to find out what that means). We thank her for letting us feature “Gratitude is a force,” and she also sent us a new illustration, “Trick or Treat,” which would have been perfect for Halloween (but is just as perfect now, too). Just look at that!
Isn’t that fabulous? I love that perspective, as if we’ve just stumbled upon that spooky cat. Or is he friendly? Or both? I dunno, but I’m glad she shared with us, even though she finds it hard to talk about her work. In my humble opinion, I think she’s a painter going places, and if she illustrated a children’s book, I’d be first in line. Thanks, Ella!
By way of explanation for any new folks (who we hope will leave their lists), our weekly 7 Kicks list is the meeting ground for listing Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week (whether book-related or not) that happened to you.
1). I’ve actually been under the weather all dang week (it’s starting to get on my nerves; I’ve got stuff to do, germs. Go away), but I am feeling a bit better as I type this, which is Saturday night . . . and just in time for kick #1: My husband and I have a date tomorrow to see “The Golden Compass.” Oh yes! Pumping my arms in the air!
2). I won a small print of a Robert’s Snow mouse — and signed by Grace Lin — from Elaine Magliaro’s Blogging for a Cure contest. I tried to get her to give it to a participating blogger, but she wouldn’t let me. And I’m glad she did. I got it this week, and it’s lovely and wonderful to have. Thanks to Elaine and Grace!
4). A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann. I blabbed about it here yesterday (it will be released in early, early January — the 8th, I believe it is).
5). Candice Ransom sent me a beautiful, hand-made card with a wonderful Margaret Wise Brown snow poem in it.
6). Ella’s art work this week. I know this sounds perhaps a bit too earnest or whatever, but going out of my way to show my gratitude when gratitude is called for in life is important to me and is something I’m trying to pass on to my daughters, so I particularly love that first painting Ella shared with us this week.
7). I’ve been listening to “Raising Sand” lately (the new CD from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), and on it is the cover of a new Sam Phillips song called “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us.” Which is beautiful. Which is not a surprise, ’cause Sam wrote it. Anyway, so I finally got around to looking at some YouTube footage of Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing and wailin’ on her guitar. Awesome. Here’s the song that, quite obviously, inspired Sam to write her gorgeous song, seeing as how Sam’s lyrics include “Strange things are happening everyday/ I hear the music up above my head/ Though the sight of my heart has left me again/ I hear music up above.” I believe this is circa early-’60s, but don’t quote me on that. You’ve got to see her burn up that guitar in the middle portion of this performance.
Eisha couldn’t make her kicks in time. I hope it’s ’cause she was out, having fun. I’m sure she’ll add hers later. What about you? What are your kicks?