Fairytales have always held a special place in my heart. Giants, magic kisses, unicorns, monsters and wishes granted: these magical lands filled with imaginary beings play an important role in our lives. They open the doors. They are the buds of creativity blossomed within the heart of every child. I now encourage you to ask yourself what happens when the story is over? Do the characters take a break from their roles? Are the villains still villains?
“Take 5, Fairytales” now allow your children to explore how they perceive the story. They can be in charge of their own interpretation and feelings. I encourage you to discuss what is happening in these pieces. Ask your child questions when observing this series.
What does this remind you of?
How is this piece different from the story you know?
What do you think will happen after this?
What is the difference between what we see and what is imagined?
How does your mood affect/change what you see?
How does this image make you feel?
I feel that this kind of discussion will create a long lasting love for art and develop deep, creative, critical thinking skills.
Children are naturally artistic. They show us this with the wonder and imagination they develop in their make believe play. We need to nurture this kind of creative thinking. Art can expose your child to new realms! Art can promote curiosity and expression. Art can help to explore the bounds of your perception. Why not take that leap?
Please join me this Saturday, April 16, 2016 for the opening of my 10 piece series, "Take 5, Fairytales", from 5-7 pm. Relish, Jr, in southeast Atlanta, is hosting the event. Drinks and appetizers will be provided for this free event!
I was interviewed by the art rental company, Action Artwork Rental. It was a lot of fun to talk about my inspiration and show off my studio! Action Artwork rents art to the film industry. I have had my art in a few films since my husband, J.R. Wicker, is a screenwriter. He used my art whenever he needed a children's room decorated. I love how well Action Artwork treats their artists. They are a great company to be a part of.
Carey Hall is one of the founding members of AAR and writer of the blog "Artists in Action"
Here is a snippet of the interview:
Erin Wicker, also known as erin the great, is a local children’s book illustrator and purveyor of the whimsical. Her illustrations invite viewers into a world of detailed fantasy, where it is easy to get lost in her vibrant colors and imaginative characters. “I can distinctly remember coloring and thinking this would be the greatest job ever. I think that’s my process. I make a coloring page and then I color it,” says Erin.
I sat down with Erin in her home studio in Glenwood Park to speak further about her illustrations, her gnomes project, connections with the film industry, and having the greatest job ever!
To read the full interview, click here