|Art by Jerry Pinkney|
Mr. Pinkney's way of showing that process is by showing the process of the race. That is exactly how it is with watercolor painting too. You start with the lightest colors, adding layer after layer of paint. Wow, WOw, WOW, WOW! is all I can say. And this process parallels life.
The art is brilliant in color and expression. I love how he has personified the animals with clothing. Mr. Pinkney uses graphite, watercolor, colored pencils, gouache, and pastel on Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper. I agree with him about Arches, but I like cold-press paper a bit more.
At the Caldecott Pre-Conference, in June, I had the honor of meeting Mr. Pinkney, and we spoke briefly after the Coretta Scott King Breakfast. We spoke about watercolors and painting and I shared how much I love watercolors and how working with them has helped me slow down and take more time with life, because as with life and watercolors, if you mess with it too much, it usually ends up bad. You have to just let go and let the paper, paint, and water do it's thing. When I read and explore his children's picture books, I feel like they connect right to my soul.