The other day the kids and I ended up at the bookstore instead of the library. There was a book there that caught my eye immediately, for the beautiful graphics and the color palette on the cover. I started flipping through the book, my mind started racing with ideas, and I grabbed it.
The book is "Seasons" by French artist Blexbolex. Google him and you'll find all you need to know.
Each image and related word on each page is evocative. The pastoral, snowy images are the ones that really pulled on my heart strings. Anything that smells like winter in New England is bound to get my attention this time of year.
When I got home I started ripping. Images as simple and meaningful as these can't stay trapped inside a book. There are some I will save for our walls, like "SNOW", "SILENCE", "TRANQUILITY", "HOMECOMING" and "STILLNESS". And there are a whole lot of others which just became "thank you" notes and my new personal stationary. I have so many brown paper bag envelopes right now left over from an order I made for my holiday cards, so I've got somewhere to stuff these notes once I write them all.
I don't feel one bit bad about ripping this book apart. It has so much to give, it has to be shared. I did just order two more. Maybe to rip. Maybe to gift. Maybe to read. It is so beautiful.