This is art from illustrator Pamela Zagarenski. I fell in love with her detailed, intricate, folk-art-esque mixed-media art—with the highly stylized characters therein—the first time I saw it. Have you all seen Joyce Sidman’s Red Sings from Treetrops: A Year in Colors, the most recent illustrated title of Pamela’s? It was released by Houghton Mifflin in April, and it is a wonder. It’s a poetry collection which celebrates the changing of the seasons — but through the lens of color. And I mean color in ways you hadn’t considered experiencing it — hearing, tasting, and even smelling it.
each note dropping
like a cherry
into my ear…
And, in Summer, “Yellow melts / everything it touches . . . / smells like butter, / tastes like salt.”
If you’re not familiar with Sidman’s work, you’ll be treating yourself to read more of her titles. Check out these links for more information: Tricia’s Poetry-Makers interview with Joyce from April at The Miss Rumphius Effect; Elaine Magliaro’s 2008 interview at Wild Rose Reader; and Kelly Fineman’s 2007 interview at the Cybils’ site. Perhaps one day I can convince Joyce to stop by 7-Imp.
As for Pamela, she’ll be visiting for a seven-questions-over-breakfast interview soon. For this interview, she sent over one hundred samples of her illustration. Yes, one hundred. For which I give seven loud woo hoo!s. While she’s finishing up that interview, she gave me permission to post some images today, ’cause I can’t help it. (These two, incidentally, are not from the title mentioned today.)
Don’t forget to check out Red Sings… The very pages in this one sing. It’s a truly beautiful book.
Here’s another image from Pamela — for those of you who know what it’s like to be close buds with the strange. Before breakfast even. Enjoy.
All illustrations © 2009 and courtesy of Pamela Zagarenski. All rights reserved.