House of the Bishop by Ellen Beier, from Les Miserables
In this image, Jean Valjean returns to the house of the Bishop: from the (abridged) text: “What a wretch I
am!” he exclaimed, and he burst into tears for the first time in 19 years. Valjean realized that he had to change. When the church clock chimed
three on that morning, he was kneeling in prayer at the bishop’s door.
"If You Love Honey, Nature's Connections" written by Martha Sullivan and illustrated by Cathy Morrison
OK, let me explain… This month's theme is Valentine and this image has nothing to do with Valentine. But this is an illustration for If You Love Honey, Nature's Connections. So I'm connecting Valentine with Love and that's why I'm posting this image.
And I just posted new images from this book on my own blog if you'd like to see more.
Nothing to do with the theme. This is from an exquisite-corpse sort of project organized by an agency primarily funded by the state of Connecticut to promote literacy and the humanities. Twelve writers each get to contribute a chapter to an ebook with a plot built around various Connecticut landmarks and historical figures, making up the story as it is passed along, and each chapter is illustrated by a different illustrator. I got Chapter 6, in which one of the kids in the story encounters William Gillette, a stage actor famous in the early 20th century for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
This remains one of my all time favorite illustrations. Not so much for the technical aspect but I feel I captured the love of mother and calf when they are reunited in the story. I love illustrations, by any artist, that go beyond the words and capture the feeling.