Children's LiteratureThis beautiful book reflects Locker's love of the Kaaterskill Clove in the Hudson River Valley. He goes deep into the mountains in an attempt to capture the beauty he feels has eluded him when looking at the landscape from a distance. The text is thoughtful and reflective as Locker explores secluded scenes, noting details. He learns more about light and shadow. He discovers how color changes during the day. These paintings of "America's First Wilderness" are exquisite. Vibrant colors and a myriad of details will entice readers to pore over individual pictures and come back again and again to marvel at their loveliness. The reader feels honored to have accompanied Locker on his personal journey of discovery and renewal. An author's note about his connection to this place over his lifetime and a map of Kaatersill Clove on the end papers create a special connection to this fascinating setting. 2000, Bell Pond Books,
School Library JournalGr 4-8-Locker describes his 1997 "vision quest" in his beloved Kaaterskill Clove, located in New York's Hudson Valley. Here, redefining his perceptions and his Hudson River School art style, he presents the resulting emotionally charged paintings and a detailed account of his artistic growth and development. Each verso contains a paragraph of text accompanied by a thumbnail sketch of the artist in a different spot; opposite is the resulting painting rendered in oils on canvas. Several questions and answers about the artistic process and about the geography of the area are appended for those who delight in extra detail. This is a lyrical piece for artists unsure of their vision, a trip planner for those wishing to visit the area (maps provided on the endpapers), and a sensitive look at a painter's maturation. This special book is visually rich, quietly moving, and intensely personal-a multilayered experience.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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