I discovered the superb, sometimes startling, always imaginative paintings of Bill Carman when writing my review for Kate Saunders' magnificent fairy tale, The Little Secret. Bill did the cover art for the book and I was thrilled get the chance to view unused artwork for the book when I subscribed to Bill's blog. Bill's most recent post features a second painting (left) that he contributed to the online gallery show titled Terrible Yellow Eyes, curated by Cory Godbey. The show is a tribute to Maurice Sendak and his landmark picture book published in 1963, a book that has embedded itself in the consciousness of millions of children in the ensuing years - Where the Wild Things Are. Contributing artists have re-imagined the iconic images of Max and the Wild Things from the book in new and amazing ways, including some 3-D paper creations. I encourage anyone who has been touched by this book to scroll down the website and view the 25+ pieces of artwork that have been created in celebration.
Even better, if you live in Southern California, you get the chance to see the artwork and even some of the artists in person at the Gallery Nucleus located 210 Main Street, Alhambra, California. The show opens September 19 and runs through October 6, 2009.
Below are a few of my favorites, but really, every contribution will bring a smile to your face.