Jules: Eisha and I are featuring artist Jaime Zollars this week and are rather gaga over her style. Pictured here is “Little Red”, a silkscreen print. Isn’t that great? Jaime paints for galleries and commercial clients but has illustrated a picture book — intended for release this Fall with Tricycle Press — entitled Inside the Slidy Diner, written by Laurel Snyder (who has a nice-looking web site herself; you can read a bit more about the book here).
There’s a darker element to a lot of Jaime’s work (or “melancholy,” as she puts it), which Eisha and I both like, but since Sunday is for listing kicks, we’ll start with some illustrations that have a bit less gravity to them, such as “Tranquility” and — pictured below that — “Marmalade Sky”:
Now, those are some images we chose from Jaime’s site, as she gave us free reign (and it was hard to choose). Here are two more, sent to us by Jaime, which are not featured already on her site:
She sent us more, but we know this post is long enough already. It’s hard to choose our favorites. They’re all beautiful, all quite striking. Many thanks to Jaime for sharing with us, and we look forward to her first illustrated picture book this Fall. (And here’s Jaime’s blog if you like what you see here and wanna keep up with her!)
As a reminder, 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 (as well as featuring wonderful artists like Jaime). We hope you’ll share your kick-worthy moments from the week.
1* I love this week’s illustrations. Jaime Zollars is really, really good with trees and birds, don’tcha think?
2* I had a job interview.
3* Got a cool invite from Adrienne of What Adrienne Thinks About That to check out the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival. How fun will that be? As if hanging with Adrienne weren’t enough reason to go, Libba Bray is going to be there! Which means I really need to get down to business and read the two books that came after A Great and Terrible Beauty.
4* B. and I went to see the opera he just designed, La Finta Giardiniera. It was hilarious. They took great liberties with the supratitles.
5* Before the show, we went for Thai food. You know I loves me some tom yum soup!
6* I met a former co-worker for lunch this week.
7* I may get to go to NYC to see B.’s latest show in a couple of weeks.
1). A friend of mine, whom Eisha and I went to college with and who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, is finally cancer-free after a long and difficult year!
2). Jaime’s art work this week.
3). Having way more work to do from my can-do-from-home-in-my-PJs job, for which I’m very grateful. It’s made me terribly behind on blog-reading (I only had time this week for a few, quick stops) and, therefore, I’ve been feeling very disconnected and like I’ve been blogging in a vaccuum all week. Not to mention, I MISS EVERYONE! But I like having more work and hope to get caught up on my blogs soon (oh, and I do know who Jama’s favorite Beatle is, and isn’t that what matters, friends? Also, I know there’s a child who attends Adrienne’s library who would like the library to be in the clouds. Brilliance, I tell ya.)
4). Thank the high heavens for people like Jack Johnson for making children’s music that doesn’t make the parents want to gag and that is really, really good. We’ve been listening to this all week. On this CD, there’s a really gorgeous, spared-down version of the below song by Ben Harper, sung by Ben and Jack accompanied by only guitar (here’s a live snippet, complete with an interpretation in French at the bottom).
5). This might not sound like a kick, but watching Monsters, Inc. with my almost-four-year-old last night and both of us getting all verklempt over Sully having to say goodbye to Boo. It shouldn’t surprise me each time when she gets that emotionally drawn into a story, but it does. She’s a big feeler, that one.
6). Oh, and she also did my heart good this week when I asked her how The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the book) differed from “The Wizard of Oz” (the movie), and she said, “No, you mean, how is the movie different from the book!” (as if the book came first, which it did, damn skippy. Attagirl).
7). Getting beautiful art work this week (via email) from two new picture books I love, which I hope to share in their reviews some time soon.
That’s all I got, folks. I’ve otherwise been drowning in work this week. How ’bout you all?