Is there ever an age too old to fall in love with the classic ABC illustration? A visual mnemonic device for children learning to read, I find ABC illustrations to be the quintessential project for artists new and old, seeking to express and perfect their artistic style.
William Denslow did it, Graeme Base did, and so did Oliver Jeffers. What I love about these designs is that they bring us back to our younger selves, at a time when we were more creative, more trusting and more daring. We dreamed of all sorts of fantasies that somehow our adult selves choose to ignore.
I painted this one a few months back. After searching high and wide for a cute ABC illustration that would whet my appétit for all things French, I decided that it was about time I made up my own ABC animal alphabet. With the idea of the French countryside in mind, I soon expanded my alphabet to instead encompass all European animals, the stuff of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. My first letter is R, r is for fox. I think this fox would make a darling add to any kids or adults wall collection!