Archive for January 2013

The Future of Children's Literature: The Story Behind the Art

This new piece, co-illustrated by both Benjamin Hummel and Cherish Flieder, tackles the question, what role does children’s literature have as we move full steam into the 21st century? We certainly live in a changing world. Book sales nationwide continue to drop–magazine and newspapers are going out of business left and right. We are in…

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Surfer's Crossing: The Story Behind the Art

The painting began as inspiration of the wet island of Kauai. However, after scumbling in a few cliffs and some virga in the background, the painting was lacking something. It needed… a story. It wasn’t enough that these were beautiful cliffs with some tropical trees; what’s going on in the foreground? Eventually Benjamin came to…

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Wipe Out: The Story Behind the Art

“Can I make this jump? Can I make this jump?” That was always the question as we would travel to hilly Eastern Colorado after a fresh snow for a fun-filled day of sledding and fellowship with friends and family. The right section of the hill carried a milder grade, while the far left was practically…

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Pikes Peak with Wild Lavender (or Purple Mountain Majesties)

I am reminded of a few lines from one of our most beloved patriotic songs. “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain…”The song was first written as a poem titled, “”Pikes Peak,”” written in 1895 by Katharine Lee Bates, inspired by a trip she…

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Right Field: The Story Behind the Art

The phenomenon of little league sports can be pretty humorous at times. Attending many such outings with my younger brothers, there were always two or three (usually my siblings among them), who would find interest in anything other than the game in which they participated. It was easy to spot the casual player compared to…

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A Dragon Named Trouble

This piece was co-illustrated by Cherish Flieder and Benjamin Hummel according to their acclaimed Been Cherished style. The story is simple. There is a dragon named Trouble who would love to come inside the kingdom. So he makes his appeal to the children guarding the gate. The boy thinks he remembers this dragon being here…

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After The Cattle Drive: The story behind the art

It’s the end of the 1800s and cattle ranching is a good profession into which a young man can invest his life. This isn’t to say that it’s easy living. For months on end, the elements of outdoor nature pound brutally against him as he tries to make sure not a single head of cattle…

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