I love, love, love the illustrations for this vintage nursery rhyme book that I found recently. Each picture is so saturated with color, the expressions so wide-eyed, the cheeks so rosey.
I also love how the illustrator used punches of black to ground the other candy-colored hues;
The black and white striped dress of Mother Hubbard, the velvet jacket of little Jack Horner and of course all the patent leather shoes on almost every child featured.
What fun it must be to be able to draw and paint like that and see whole worlds come into sight by just the stroke of a brush or pen…
I am dying to do something with these images, but I know I will not be able to rip the book up – it is just in too good of condition. Perhaps some scanning will be in order if I can ever decide how I want to use them. For now I think we will just have to enjoy the rhymes and illustrations during the boys bedtime reading and be inspired that way.