Archives for the month of: January, 2012

“I have been doodling with ink and watercolor on paper all my life. It’s my way of stirring up my imagination to see what I find hidden in my head. I call the results dream pictures, fantasy sketches, and even brain-sharpening exercises.”

Maurice Sendak

“A picture book is not what most people think it is – an easy thing, with a lot of pictures in it, to read to small children. For me, it is a damned difficult thing to do, like working in a complicated and challenging poetic form. It demands so much that you have to be on top of the situation all the time, finally to achieve something so simple and so put together – so seamless – that it looks as if you knocked it off in no time. One stitch showing and you’ve lost the game”

Maurice Sendak

“I recommend doodling as an excellent exercise in stirring up the unconscious, just as you would stir up some mysterious soup all the while hoping it tastes good”
Maurice Sendak

12 Music for a Puppet Court, Op. 11_ II. Toyshop Music after _Tris_

 

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“none of my books come about through ‘ideas’ or by thinking of a particular subject and exclaiming, ‘Gee, that’s terrific; I’ll just put it down!’ They never happen quite that way. They well up. Just as dreams come to us at night, feelings come to me,and I rush to put them down. But these fantasies have to be given a physical form, so I build a kind of house around them – the story – and the painting of the house is the picture-making. Essentially however, it’s a dream or fantasy”.
Maurice Sendak

“I believe there is no part of our lives, our adult as well as child life, when we’re not fantasizing, but we prefer to relegate fantasy to children, as though it were some tomfoolery only fit for the immature minds of the young.”
Maurice Sendak

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.”
Maurice Sendak