What Do You See? (Joplin Public Library)

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS REIMAGINED: WHAT DO YOU SEE? Remember your favorite books from childhood? Perhaps you even have one or two on your bookshelf today? Now, picture them reimagined as abstract paintings.

I’m the adult child of a librarian (positive that’s worth noting) and lovingly remember the books that shaped my childhood. I asked the librarians at Joplin Public and Post Art Libraries about their favorite children’s books, read them, and painted them in an abstract, mixed-media style.  

The display is purposely hung at a child’s eye-view and will prompt each viewer to ask “What do you see?” This exhibit is presented by the Post Art Library in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Free and open to the public through the end of August 2022.

One half of all sales will be given to the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of art books for children.

Questions: email info@lorimarble.com

WORK 1 of 18

This Book is Wordless!

Librarian: Jeana
“I’m laughing just thinking about reading this clever “wordless” book. It’s one of my son’s favorite books and I love hearing him laugh and ask me to read certain passages “just one more time!”

SOLD

Inspired by the children’s book: Be Quiet! by Ryan T Higgins

WORK 2 of 18

Nobody Suspects a Thing!

Librarian: Alyssa
“Helen Yoon’s illustrations tell the story just as much her words do. Ultimately it’s about opening your heart to others, even if – at first – you thought you wanted to eat them.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Sheepish: (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon

Nobody Suspects a Thing!

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 3 of 18

Click, Clack Moo quack!

Librarian: Linda
“All time favorite!”

Inspired by the children’s book: Click, Clack Moo
Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Click, Clack Moo quack!

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 4 0f 18

Ready?

Librarian: Jason
“More of a picture book, but it’s genuine magic for toddlers.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Ready?

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 5 of 18

Buttons all over his jacket

Librarian: Jason
“Not exactly a storybook, but it’s a nice introduction to what friendship should look like.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Buttons all over his jacket

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 6 of 18

Sit quietly and smell the flowers

Librarian: Jill
“I didn’t come across this book until well into adulthood. It’s a beautiful story and the artwork is fantastic.”

Inspired by the children’s book: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Sit quietyl and smell the flowers

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 7 of 18

Yummy, yummy words

Librarian: Derek
“I remember having this book read to me as a child and quickly resonating with Wally’s voracious, logophilic appetite. Wally’s verbosity is contagious–or at least it was in my case.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Wally the Wordworm by Clifton Fadiman

Yummy, yummy words

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 8 of 18

Knock! Knock! Knock!

Librarian: Christina
“I love the collage style art, the emphasis on community and gratitude, and the recurring ‘Thank you, Omu!’ that makes it fun to read out loud.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora

Knock! Knock! Knock!

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 9 of 18

And he thought and thought and thought

Librarian: Beth
“It’s beautiful! I want to play in the snow and to wear a red snowsuit every time I read it. It’s inspired me to make snow angels and to visit big cities. The snowball disappeared from my pocket, too.”

Inspired by the children’s book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

And he thought and thought and thought

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 10 of 18

When something is just out of reach

Librarian: Christina
“It’s so affirming and the art is beautiful.”

Inspired by the children’s book: You Matter by Christian Robinson

When something is just out of reach

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 11 of 18

Could you, would you, with a goat?

Librarian: Patty
“This could be any number of Dr. Seuss titles. I love reading them to my nieces and nephews and looking at the illustrations.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Could you, would you, with a goat?

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 12 of 18

Late bloomers are awesome!

Librarian: Derek
“I’m fairly certain that my name was “Leo” until my senior year of high school. This book always proved to be a powerful reminder of how everyone grows at their own pace, and of how the process of growth can be just as beautiful as the ‘end result.'”

SOLD

Inspired by the children’s book: Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

WORK 13 of 18

Thank you mom!

Artist: Lori
“One of the more significant books I remember asking my mom to read over and over. To this day I believe houses have personalities.”

Inspired by the children’s book: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Thank you mom!

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 14 of 18

There once was a forest near nowhere

Librarian: Jill
“I picked this book off of a bargain rack because I thought that the art looked interesting. As it turns out, it’s a wonderfully magical book about making something beautiful out of things typically considered otherwise.”

Inspired by the children’s book: The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

There once was a forest near nowhere

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 15 of 18

A quiet old lady whispering hush

Librarian: Patty
“What better way to snuggle into bed for the night than saying goodnight to everything around you.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A quiet old lady whispering hush

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 16 of 18

We are friends

Librarian: Beth
“James Marshall is amazing! He does so much with so little–creating sophisticated, witty stories with simple sentences and only four colors. Who knew so much emotion could come from a pair of tiny eye dots?”

Painting SOLD

Inspired by the children’s book: George and Martha by James Marshall

WORK 17 of 18

Buttons, Lisa, Friend

Librarian: Alyssa
“When I was small, I had Corduroy memorized, and I would “read” it aloud on my own. His night spent scouring the department store always seemed like an exciting adventure.”

Inspired by the children’s book: Corduroy by Don Freeman

Buttons, Lisa, Friend

24″ x 18″, mixed media painting on Strathmore paper. Framed with plexiglass. If shipped, additional shipping charge will be applied. 1/2 of all “What Do You See?” series sales will benefit the Joplin Public Library for the purchase of children’s art books.

$275.00

WORK 18 of 18

Ain’t a nut, gonna paint my…

Librarian: Jeana
“Very catchy rhyme/song, kids and adults alike love hearing it read aloud and David Catrow’s illustrations are expressive, colorful and all around fun!

Painting: SOLD

Inspired by the children’s book: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont