Why am I so excited that a book by Eric Gibbons is available? Because it isn't just by him, not really. He invited lots of fellow art teacher to contribute illustrations and I was one of those lucky ones to be included. This is the first time an artwork of mine has been used as an illustration and it is in such a terrific book.
The premise of If Picasso Went to the Zoo is that many famous artists see animals at the zoo and depict them in their known style. Well, in this case the artists are actually a group of art teachers emulating the styles of different artists. My artist was realist Gustave Courbet and my animal was a chimpanzee. Gotta love the alliteration (Courbet's Chimpanzee).
|Courbet's Chimpanzee 14 x 14 Oil on Panel Copyright Margaurita Spear 2015|
Truly I have been sitting on this secret project for so long because the book was not yet published, but since it became available last month I can share.
The book is available at select retailers, as well as Amazon at this link: If Picasso Went to the Zoo - Buy on Amazon
Each animal is accompanied by a poem (tie in to literacy) and includes leaves to represent its status (endangered, etc.).
This is the second book in the series. The first was If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree. And there are more in the works, but that's still hush hush.
If you get the book be sure to share a rave review.