Welcome to the third installment of the KidLitArtists series on inspiration! This time we have Jessica Lanan here to talk about what inspires her.
My work has its origin in my experiences with the world. My memory for the chronology of events is terrible (When was that trip to Arizona? What was the name of that street? I have no idea!) but the sights, smells, tastes and atmosphere of a certain moment in time can remain with me forever. Sometimes I imagine that my memory is like a pool of vivid experiences, relatively disconnected from one another in any rational, linear sense, but ripe with inspiration for paintings.
Weekends in my childhood were spent for the most part camping in the mountains. (In winter, this translated to cross-country skiing.) I grew up with aspen forests and wilderness sunrises, creeks laden with moose and beavers, incalculable mosquito bites and the ubiquitous smell of campfire smoke. These experiences are the inspiration for my most recent dummy book, but more importantly I think that it was during these trips that I really learned to observe things like atmosphere, emotion and quality of light.
|Assisting with tent setup, circa 1986.|
|An illustrated camping trip. Note the tent. The cooler is straight out of history as well.|
|My own copy is looking pretty worn nowadays.|
I hope my inspiration helps you find some inspiration! Next week, we’ll have the talented Andrea Zuill to talk about what inspires her. Thanks for reading!