Yellow Book Road

Saturday, February 27, 2010 · 3 comments

I’ve been asked to do the cover art for the upcoming 4th issue of Olam Katan (Small World), an Israeli journal of children’s literature study.The theme was reading books in childhood and its influence and relation to cultural, social, political and historic aspects. The first thing that came to my mind was “The Wizard of Oz”. For some reason, I really, really wanted to do my own version of that well known poster. There was a small problem though: wanting is not enough – there has to be a damn good reason for your choices. It took me a day or two to come up with this idea, which was finally rendered with acrylic paint:

It is arguable whether this was a good solution or not, but could it be possible that the visual was formed in my mind prior to the concept itself? I don’t think so.
I think I must have had the idea of “path” unconsciously on my mind, and this led me to wanting to relate my work to “The Wizard of Oz”.
I would say intuition is an inner voice led by a strong but invisible reasoning. Was that what we call “intuition”? maybe.
However, the print was not very accurate – you don’t have to be too sensitive to colors, to notice it came out a bit dark and blue (literally). 

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