I initiated a long-term project with
my art students, whereby we made homemade, DIY art journals, and worked
in them throughout the year. I then embarked on a project to
create a guest entry into each one of my students' journals -- and so we
have here a two-page vertical spread I painted for a student for whom I
read aloud the first chapter of "To Kill A Mockingbird" when I was
subbing for another instructor during his literature class. A great
American classic, "To Kill A Mockingbird" has to be one of my all time
favorite tales. I can still clearly remember first reading it myself
when I was about his age, and so I felt the short time I spent with his
class enough of a connection to do for him a piece inspired by the
As anyone who has read the book may recognize, here we have the scene
where Scout and her brother, Jem, have been discovering small trinkets
and curios in the knothole of a tree near their house -- funny little
'gifts' apparently left there for them by some anonymous source. One
day they are surprised to find wee hand-carved, primitive figurines left
in the knot-hole, a male and a female, complete with distinguishing
features and details for which they can come to but one conclusion: these
little figures represent themselves.
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