Love, Lost & Found
Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761163589, 128pp.
Publication Date: September 22, 2011
In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the what if? of a missed connection.Like a message in a bottle, a missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of "Ruby's Wish" and "Big Red Lollipop," has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings. "Missed Connections" is a collection of illustrated love stories. There's We Shared a Bear Suit. If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine. Hairy Bearded Swimmer. Each is told in the shorthand of a missed connection, and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.