Painting by Author/Illustrator Jeff Mack
In 2009, the talented and generous author/illustrator Grace Lin donated 11 original paintings to the Foundation for Children's Books to be auctioned on eBay as a benefit for our programs in under-served schools.
This year, we are fortunate enough to have 12 different illustrators contributing to our "Small Graces" auction. Each month a small, unpublished, original painting will be auctioned on eBay with 100% of the proceeds to support the FCB's author/illustrator visits and residencies in urban schools. Each painting will illustrate a bit of wisdom, a proverb, or a "small Grace."
This month's painting (below), a sweet watercolor of a duck at the top of a waterfall by author/illustrator Jeff Mack, is on auction now Monday April 5 through Friday, April 9. The proverb says "Everyone must row with the oars he has."
To bid, go to this eBay link. For those who find original art from children's books beyond their budget, this is a great way to buy affordable art! Please spread the word and bid!
Jeff Mack is the author and illustrator of HUSH LITTLE POLAR BEAR (Roaring Brook, 2008). He is also the illustrator of fifteen books for children including James Howe's BUNNICULA AND FRIENDS series (Simon and Schuster) and Eve Bunting's HURRY! HURRY! (Harcourt) one of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2007. At home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write and illustrate books, paint murals, and talk with school groups about his work.
Don't forget: you can purchase high-quality, hand-signed prints of three of Grace Lin's 2009 paintings online at the Child at Heart Gallery. The cost is $25, they make wonderful gifts, and half of the proceeds will support the Foundation for Children's Books.