Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Alice's Wonderland

Today was a good day. I picked up my friend Andy Mitchell and we headed down to South County to visit our friend, Alice Provensen.

We had a delicious lunch. Alice's daughter and son-in-law made us THREE different kinds of salad.  I brought the cookies. We shared the artwork that we've been working on, Andy's  watercolors for magazine covers and sketchbook, Alice's new book, Murry in the City, and my doodlings from the iPad and Haunted Histories.

Alice and Martin Provensen illustrated many of the Little Golden Books, like Color Kittens. They won the Caldecott medal for children's book illustration for their book "The Glorious Flight" After Martin passed away Alice continued to illustrate books.

 After lunch, Alice showed us her new flat file. It was filled with all kinds of incredible artwork that she had done. Lovely, lovely stuff.

 Wonderful shapes and colors, don't you think? Her art is so alive.

It was a treasure garden of delights.

Here's a pict of Alice and Yours Truly from when we judged an art contest a couple of years ago.

When I am ninety-four-years-old I hope that I am still painting and making toys. 

Did I say good day? I meant most excellent day.



“I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love…I believe in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.”
~  Elbert Hubbard


  1. What a special day with special people!
    The Color Kittens was my .. no IS my favorite book .. I love it!
    Thanks for the post and the pictures!

  2. Love all of Alice's work, which I grew up with, then shared with my children, students and grandchildren. So many favorites!

  3. Oh my, I had no idea she was still alive. Colour Kittens was a favourite of mine when little. I wish I knew what had happened to our copy as it was quite rare to find it in the UK.
    Fabulous that she is still so young at 94

  4. I had that Colour Kittens book! What a lovely day you had, Maz! (Great pics too! :))

  5. What a wonderful day you had!!

  6. I loved the Color kittens and all of her illustrations. What a delight to meet her through your blog!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  7. I just discovered your blog; have been a subscriber to your newsletter for years.

    I still have my Color Kittens book! I love that story. Mine is the extra-large version. Wonderful to see the artist is still active, and to meet both her and you through this blog. Thanks for sharing ~


  8. One of my favourite children's books is by Alice & Martin Provensen, "A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius", I'm just about to introduce my grandson to it ~ he already loves all the Maple Hill Farm books. It was lovely to see her in your blog.