The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
acrylic painting on 16x20 canvas
It was published in 1984, and I first read it in kindergarten. Or rather, my teacher Mrs. Bingham read it to us. I have a vivid memory of Mrs. Bingham slowly saying: "red...ripe...strawberry" each time, looking over the top of her glasses at us. It was intense and I loved it.
I also thought this would be a cute story for a little girl with the mouse and strawberry.
So here's the beginning:
I'm so slow, it took me an entire watching of Avatar to do the strawberry plant one night.
(Avatar seems a lot cheesier the second time you watch. Kind of like Dances With Wolves meets Furngully... I still liked it)
In the few paintings I've made, I usually have a major problem with proportion. This time it was the mouse door. It is way too small for the rest of the painting. I guess the mouse will have to crawl on its belly to get in there. I did change the color of the door. It was kind of orange in the book, but I made mine turquoise to match the baby stuff.
One of my favorite things about this book are all the cute expressions in the mouse's face. I chose one that seemed easier to try to copy.
This is the progress of her little corner. I have a few more things planned to go on her shelf.
If you have little kids, you may want to check out this book. My little boy really likes it.