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VIRTUAL: Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor discuss BREAKING WAVES

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When Winslow Homer watches the sea, he studies it patiently, making sure to notice every detail before bringing it to life again in his paintings.

The fabled painter Winslow Homer always had a deep respect for the elemental power and beauty of the ever-changing ocean. Whenever he set up his easel, he was drawn back to its frothing waves smashing against rocks, gleaming like mirrors in the sunlight. He knew it took patience to get his painting just right to capture the life of the ocean.

Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea describes the artist's process from season to season, readers are shown the many blues, greys, browns, and golds that Winslow Homer used to depict the changing sea. Additional content in the back of the book further explains his work and passion for the ocean.

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"With quiet intensity, the book’s words and pictures set Homer’s work and self-sufficient style of living within the frame of this fascination. Children ages 4-8 may almost feel that they have joined in the artist’s creative process. . . ."—Wall Street Journal

"The watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful and capture the different feelings the sea can conjure. The images are at times calm and peaceful and at times thrilling and dangerous. These illustrations are reason enough to add this book to collections but, in addition to the gorgeous visuals, this work is rich with sensory language. . . . A beautiful and rich work of literary nonfiction."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A solid introduction to a major American artist."—Publishers Weekly

Event date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823447022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - June 1st, 2021