Lauren Finley's book in the colors round robin is black and white. She did a beautiful watercolor portrait in black and white on the first page, and wrote, in a beautiful calligraphy, "As simple as black and white."
It was obviously pretty simple for Lauren. Her beautiful illustrations and silhouettes float across the pages she made. And I loved the idea. I adore black. I adore white. What could be easier?
Turned out, it wasn't so easy. The book stared up at me for days, and the days turned into a week, and still inspiration didn't hit.
This weekend, I've been scanning some of my favorite images and photoshopping them to use at Art and Soul. And finally, it hit me. The collage came together with some fabric and vintage pearl buttons, along with words from a 1961 tract on caring for a newborn, "mother's love, generously given."
Aren't those beautiful words? They come from the booklet my Mother-in-Law was given when she brought the Judge home from the hospital. I hope that is how my own children will look back on their childhoods. It really was pretty simple after all.