"His body was frail but not his spirit", writes Jeannette Winter in the author's note of her beautiful new picture book, Henri's Scissors, which chronicles the life of the great artist, Henri Matisse. Late in life he was confined to his bed and a wheel chair due to a serious illness, but this did not stop his creative spirit-- in fact he began a "second life" as an artist, cutting out large colorful paper cutouts. I don't have studio assistants, like Matisse, to paint paper for me and or a piece of charcoal on a long stick to draw upon the walls, but I do have a cat or two to visit and keep me company. Piles of books to read, drawing pencils, paint brushes, writing tools and paper surround me. I am ready for new stories, new drawings, new ideas and all from the comfort of my studio-bed.
Not a bad beginning to the new year after all.