Rockport, Maine: Down East Books, 2000. Kelly Paul BRIGGS. First Edition. Boards. First edition, first printing. 8vo square; 32pp; color pictorial on navy glazed paper over board, vignette to rear; 14 full page color illustrations; unclipped color pictorial dust jacket, price on rear; fine in fine dj. ISBN: 0-89272486-2.
Framed art: 16 ½” x 16 ½” frame size; 5 5/8” x 5 5/8” image size. Original illustration art from Lighthouse Lullaby by mid-coast Maine author and artist Kelly Briggs. The first illustration found in the book shows the base of the lighthouse with the keeper’s cottage in a winter’s snow scene. Under a starry sky, a small crab scampers on the rocky shore, a cat gazes out a window, a snowman stands guard in the yard, and the keeper with his lantern is welcomed home by a cat. This work is done in pointillist technique using tiny dots of color to define the space and create and image. This technique was first described by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886 as part of the Neo-Impressionist movement. This painting along with several others was in an exhibition at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine. Please note the artist does not sign her illustration work. Fine / fine. Item #1488
A charming story of a lighthouse keeper and his family living on a remote Maine island. The author explains, “Island living was not easy, but they took pleasure in simple things that we now sometimes take for granted—a warm bed, a roof over our heads, and someone to love us.” Ms. Briggs is a mostly self-taught artist, born and living on the coast of Maine. She is part of the Farnsworth Museum’s Arts in Education Teaching Artist in Rockland, Maine.