I’ve always loved the kind of illustrations that you find in the Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans and The Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff. Whimsical, pen and ink, color washes. I went to a library recently that had the equivalent of two rooms full of used books for sale. Priced to sell. Like one dollar, or two. They were organized into categories, fortunately. I looked through the children’s and adult vintage sections. I love the look of really old books and the feel of the paper. I got a small book published in 1896. Stories by Honore de Balzac. I had actually read one of the stories from it in my book club. We have a very eclectic book list. But I bought it because the cover and pages are just so soft. It feels like a little treasure. My favorite is a book published in 1950 called The Paris We Love. Each chapter was contributed by a different writer and tells the history of the different quarters throughout the city, starting with the Middle Ages. I will glance through the writing, but the reason I bought it was for the pictures. Lovely illustrations that look like little watercolors.
And beautiful illustrated maps of each quarter.
Another book, published in 1942, called Van Loon’s Lives, has stories about a variety of people from Plato to Thomas Jefferson. Again, I’ll skim through the writing to check it out, but it was the pictures that caught my eye. Some in color, some delicate pen and ink, or etchings.
I love the one below of Don Quixote. I got to see hilltops lined with windmills while driving through the Andalusian region of Spain. It is an awesome place.
Illustrations like these are not only delightful to look at, but creatively inspirational.
My remaining photos are some observations that caught my eye, in and just outside my house in the last couple weeks. Hence the title of this post. A bird in a bath. (Thinking about it).
And taking the plunge.
A dog in a bed. (Sounds Dr. Seuss-ish).
And lastly, a plant in my neighbor’s yard that adds colors as it grows.
And then flowers at the tips that include all three colors. The colors make me think of popsicles.
Enjoy your week. And be on the lookout for delightful things.