Seattle is in the thick of a heat wave. Here are some images to make things even warmer.
Brian Wildsmith’s sun is powerful, yet benevolent.
Antonio Frasconi made a Book of Many Suns in 1955. Here are nine Frasconi woodcuts of suns. Each small sun has a large personality.
Enough sun you say? There is always more sun.
Here are some images that are not specifically of suns but are hot with color and imagery.
Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire show the making of the world in their book of Norse Gods and Giants. A volcano erupts. Hot.
Joohee Yoon shows the beginning of the world in her illustration of Walt Whitman’s Hummingbird from the book Beastly Verse. With a controlled palate the world is erupting with heat and light.
There is more volcanic heat on Wm Steig’s Rotten Island. Steig was a master of beastliness including beastly heat
…and beastly beasts.
Is the heat making you feel beastly? Maybe you feel like this She Goat or Bear, from a late 19th centurty Russian Lubok.
Cool off with an early morning bike ride! Here’s a jaunty cyclist illustrated by Mariana Malhão in the book Uma Rosa Na Tromba de um Elefante by António José Forte.
A jump in the water is another good option. Orlando the Marmalade Cat, by Kathleen Hale shows how. The gentle drawing and the lithographic process make the water soft and inviting.
Whatever you do – keep cool!