We went to an art demo and book signing by Jan Brett this morning . . . at the IKEA, of all places (I guess it was the Scandinavian tie-in.) Organized by RJ Julia Bookstore to benefit Read to Grow, the event was well-organized and fun. There was a huge Hedgie character walking around, two Santa Lucia maids, books for sale--and even her painted rock-star travel bus outside that we posed in front of!
Brett herself spoke and drew for upwards of 45 minutes, encouraging all of the children there to embrace their individual creativity, as unique as their own fingerprints. And she gave a lesson on how to draw a bunny--basketball body, egg-shaped head, almond eyes, not a cotton tail, shading the edges, using prismacolor markers for blending; she takes an hour an inch, I think she said, and finds inspiration all over the place. The resulting work is that bunny above. Sis was ecstatic, especially when Brett brought out her own "bun-bun" and showed the audience.
We waited awhile, in orderly and calm fashion, to have our copy of The Animal's Santa signed. It went faster because we ran into our friend Miss M who works for Read to Grow. She used to play with the kids when they were very little--puppet shows and fairy houses at the beach, baking cookies at her house; we've even been to a concert or two of her band. We don't see her as often anymore--we changed churches and she's had a long run-in with cancer--so it was especially good to chat today.
And eventually it was our turn. Sis very happily chatted with Brett about wanting a bunny. Brett told her she had wanted a horse when she was young and finally got one when she grew up. They posed for a picture and then we were off. . . . to buy foodstuffs in the IKEA marketplace
A delightful, inspiring morning.