‘The Artist likes to paint one picture before breakfast. When the world is quiet.’
This story is a celebration of childhood freedom, creativity and nature. It encourages readers to embrace their inner artist and see the details of their environment.
From the acclaimed author of Night Walk, this is beautiful and thoughtful book.
"A subtle lesson in the values of observation and practice." Booklist
"...this is a great read-aloud for a general introduction to art and art’s purpose, making something hard to pin down for children a bit more tangible." School Library Journal
"There is no denying that this publication is a superior one...This gorgeous title reflects the freedom creativity and imagination can bring to a child. The peaceful atmosphere of this charming book is soothing. In reading it, I felt a strong sense of calm and great satisfaction. The images transported me to the sea, the dock, the rocks and the boat. I loved it for its total beauty. Kids Book Review
"This book celebrates the quiet yet fulfilling life of an artist, his relationship to his environment and his desire to paint. Binks’ words are assured and find a balance between dreamy imagery and a simplicity that grounds the text. Her watercolour illustrations are wonderful portrayals of both the artist’s environment, and his own watercolours." CBCA Reading Time
"The Artist is a captivating book about a young boy's artistic spirit and the natural world that inspires him. A beautifully rendered story, told with deep understanding and insight." Tohby Riddle
"...this visually impressive book celebrating and nurturing children's creativity". The Herald Sun
"This is a warm and evocative tale of the need to paint, the desire to get what you see down onto paper, of the internal push to capture that moment. With dreamy watercolour images, the story Binks has produced reflects the lives of many artists, often withdrawing from the world and its distractions, finding a place and a time to be themselves, to work unhindered. In this way Binks celebrates the child who is free of restrictions, who is able to go off at will, taking his paints and paper with him, looking at the natural world around him to find inspiration and love. Young readers will dream along with the boy of a time when this is possible, of taking off by themselves to muse and create, wonder and adore the environment in which we live." Read Plus