Illustrating your Own Story! Becoming an AuthorArtist - Part 5 with Maya Gonzalez
Play takes you all the way!!!
Once upon a time…
She made sure they had color and books in their hands. Then cut them out and gave them something a little extra so they could stand up on their own!
The woman longed to make more play things. Find more stories! And so it was that she was a children’s book maker.
She allways remembered…
to make books that children can enter and find themselves…
one must enter first and play, play, play.
Big blessings on ALL your play! May you play your way right into making a great big book!
Maya Gonzalez is largely self-taught. She has illustrated over 20 award-winning multicultural children’s books and written 3 with, not an end in sight! Her latest book, Call Me Tree, set to come out this year with Lee&Low Books, is her most recent labor of love! Her fine art has shown internationally and appears in numerous books about the contemporary Chicano Art Movement including on the cover of Living Chicana Theory and Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture and Education considered to be "the Bible of Chicano/a art." Ridiculously creative, she’s probably making art as you read this or thinking about making art if she’s driving a car or using the stove. And one of her ultimate passions is inspiring others to create books, because she believes that creating children's books has the potential to be one of the most radical things you can do!
2/9/2014 02:18:59 pm
These are lovely, Maya.
2/11/2014 11:27:46 am
2/10/2014 05:23:04 am
I love your cutouts for getting ideas. Just wonderful.
2/11/2014 11:28:33 am
play is so awesome!
2/10/2014 07:38:56 am
I love the little super hero!!!
2/11/2014 11:29:25 am
i could make a million teeny superheroes! all flying around. i better shut down this direction or i'll be up all night!
2/10/2014 09:44:56 am
Maya, this idea is fun and inspiring. Imagination can take you to all kinds of places :)
2/11/2014 11:30:06 am
imagination rocks above all else! rock on darling!
2/10/2014 11:48:57 am
how lovely Maya. I think I will try some play time art. Thank you
2/11/2014 11:31:02 am
playing is so refreshing! it's amazing that we don't do it ALL the time!
2/11/2014 10:13:00 am
This is so great!!! Many years ago, my first grandchild, at around the age of 6 and I, sat down behind a tall wicker couch and put various small finger puppets on our hands and told a story of a King and a peasant. (Her mother took a few pictures of the action.) The peasant's cows wandered into the King's private land and the story flowed. We had fun getting him (actually granddaughter's uncle in N. Ireland) out of this troubles thereafter with the King. We even drew pictures to 'make' a book. Fun, fun fun experience!
2/11/2014 11:31:43 am
what a great memory! i love hearing! thanks for sharing sweetie!
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