5 Things I Didn’t Know about Illustrator Eric Carle, 2 Books, and 1 Week Late for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Thanks to the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) for a great tour of I See a Story, an exhibition of illustrations from Eric Carle’s picture books —

Eric Carle Moon

The Moon in Half-Light

If you’re not already familiar with him by name, I’ll bet you’ll recognize him as the collage artist and author/illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many more picture books.

Eric Carle Sun and Moon quote

There are always lots of things I don’t know, but here are the first five things I learned from the exhibition —

1 – He paints his own tissue paper for the collages (after early experiences with commercial paper that was not archival).
Eric Carle - painted tissue paper
2 – His favorite animal is the cat.
Eric Carle cats
3 – He’s also great with chickens (I love cats too, but I have fun collecting pictures of chickens).

Eric Carle Chicken

4 – The Grouchy Ladybug started out a bit differently.

Early version of Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybug

Early book dummies are in the exhibition.

5 – His parents moved the family to Germany when he was six years old. He left behind a real-life friend, and based this illustration for Friends on a photograph of the two of them as children.

Eric Carle - Friends All that and I haven’t even got to the “2 Books” part of my title yet. Maybe I should save them for another post. I’m still sorting out books so stay tuned, I may find more than 2 of these surprises.

Meanwhile, here’s the intro to the exhibition, with a portrait of that famous caterpillar —

Eric Carle I See a Story

If you’re anywhere near Atlanta, see it at the High Museum, April 2 2016 through January 8 2017. The exhibition won’t be traveling, except to go back home to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst MA.

More on the Weekly Photo Challenge Half-Light

I See a Story at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA