Since I'm always scouting around for examples of cute animal illustrations, I was really excited to come across an old 1927 book at my local thrift store called "Pine Tree Playmates." A beginner reader, it was written by children's author Mary Francis Blaisdell and illustrated by an artist I'd never heard of, Clara Atwood Fitts. What fun to find someone new! Since the illustrations were so beautifully done - by someone who was obviously well-practiced in animal character illustration - I tried to find out more about her. There's not much. She was born in Worcester, MA in 1874, attended the Boston Museum School, was a member of the prestigious Copley Society, and lived and worked primarily in NH. A quick search of Amazon Books shows considerable artistic versatility, with children's, religious, and classics to her credit. Her date of death is unknown. Above are a few examples of her work. They are extremely charming, beautifully drawn, well composed, and cute, cute, cute! Don't you agree?
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Welcome to my ongoing blog about the history, specific artists, techniques, and varieties of cute animal art illustration. (Please open the archives for previous articles on the above subjects.) Just so you can get to know me and my work better, above is one of my own illustrations from the Whimbletails™ collection (check out my profile for my bio.) It's called "The Pumpkin Cafe" and one of my all-time favorites. Shrewy is a recurring character - a mighty industrious fellow, who not only operates the Pumpkin Cafe, but a farm stand too! If you'd like to see all of my current work and the various products featuring it, clickhere.