Thursday, 22 January 2015

Happy Birthday Brian Wildsmith

Today it is Brian Wildsmith's 85th Birthday and I wanted to compose a post to celebrate this British illustrator and his rainbow vision.

'Our children are our inheritance and our immortality. A child’s soul is like an empty book in which anything may be written. We must write about love, humour, compassion, truth, understanding and justice. In every one of my books I try and get something about that.'  Brian Wildsmith

The morality and compassion of Brian Wildsmith's books and others of his generation, are an inspiration. Their calm paced storytelling is important and I feel it is in danger of being lost in the ever increasing pace of modern life, good things take time and this includes the weaving of stories, in words and pictures.

All of the images in this post are from Birds by Brian Wildsmith, Oxford University Press, London, 1967.