• HeatherL

The Hundred Year Barn - stunning art from Kenard Pak

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

I was lucky enough to attend the Society Of Illustrators Original Art opening night on Thursday. Kenard Pak's illustration from The Hundred Year Barn was the art that stuck with me after several trips around a very overwhelming gallery of gorgeous picture book art.

What I love about this book: Pak's classic, rustic illustrations pack a lot of restrained emotion. Also-the colors are divine.

From the publisher: Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan’s poignant text and award-winning artist Kenard Pak’s gentle and rustic illustrations paint the picture of a beautiful red barn and the people who call it home.

"MacLachlan pays tribute to a symbol of the American farm. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and digital media in browns, tans, and cinnamon, enable the red of the cap and the barn to stand out. The solid building at the heart of the farm offers comfort and continuity in the life of a family" -Booklist

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