I know I'm a little late, but I just wanted to share some thoughts I've had the past few weeks in light of the season. I've begun to develop a few Halloween traditions of my own in the past few years. I've realized that no Halloween is complete without a quick reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (I especially love this edition for the American folk-art style of Will Moses' illustrations, great grandson of Grandma Moses), and a visit to Disneyland to look at the Halloween Tree in Frontier Land. It is a tribute to Ray Bradbury (who wrote the children's book The Halloween Tree) and his long-time illustrator Joseph Mugnaini.
This year I thought I'd re-read the book since it's been many years since the first time I read it. Not only was I enchanted with Bradbury's writing all over again, but I had forgotten just how captivating Mugnaini's simple line drawings truly are. At the beginning of each chapter in the book, Mugnaini drew a little face, no two exactly the same. Now that I've seen his work again, I'm tempted to try my hand at embroidering some of these little faces into a Halloween sampler, or possibly framing each one in an embroidery hoop and hanging a collage of hoops on one wall. Can you imagine how great these faces would look embroidered onto colored fabric, maybe a grey or orange background?
Ahhh. One day!