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Carson Ellis (American, b. 1975)
Untitled, 2018
Study for The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, Candlewick Press, forthcoming 2019
Gouache on watercolor paper
Signed bottom middle
Sheet 8 ¾ x 19 ½ inches
Copyright © Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis illustrated The Shortest Day (2019), a picture-book adaptation of Susan Cooper's winter solstice poem of the same name. This study shows the sun growing weary with the onset of autumn. About the work, Ellis says: "I [had] tried a lot of approaches---the atmospheric landscapes of this book were hard for me. This is my favorite study because I finally, finally felt---with this one---like I'd figured it out."

Ellis won a Caldecott Honor and the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for her book Du Iz Tak? (2016). Other awards include two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and a Grammy nomination in 2016 for her design for The Decemberists' LP, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

All proceeds benefit The Carle's mission to instill a love of art and reading through picture books.

Artwork is framed by R. Michelson Galleries using archival materials.

Winners can take their artwork immediately after The Carle Honors. Absentee winners will receive their artwork via Federal Express; a flat shipping fee of $150 per artwork will apply.

Donated By Carson Ellis