This piece of art is from my book A VALENTINE FOR YOU, part of a holiday series that I published with Clarion Press back in the late 80's and early 90's.
My editor for this series was Dorothy Briley. I'll never forget the time when, after our lunch together, Dorothy took me to the Farmer's Market at Union Square---right around the corner from Clarion's offices. Dorothy kept enthusiastically suggesting that I take some produce back to Vermont with me, including yellow and purple potatoes (I did), and some special goat yogurt (I didn't, fearing it would not weather the travel). Dorothy herself selected what resembled a 4-foot tall tree---a heavily studded, luxuriant stalk of Brussels sprouts. It had the heft and size of a large medieval weapon, and as we walked back to her office, passersby made large detours around us.
The series of books itself, two books a year for three years, a total of six holidays, was a delight for me to work on. The little village in the books was based very closely in appearance on the wonderful small Vermont town I was living in at the time. The texts incorporated many Mother Goose and traditional children's rhymes, one of my big enthusiasms. And I've always enjoyed working with themes that deal with the cycles of life. I'd love to come up with another series, revolving around some of these basic rhythms.