Drawing Good News
The Bible seemed so dull and black and the gap between people and the Bible seemed to be growing. So Annie Vallotton, a Swiss-born artist, asked herself “If I really believe that love and hope is in the Bible, what should I do?” She soon had the answer to her own question. She was invited to provide the 500 illustrations needed for the Good News Bible. Wherever the new, lively, everyday version was read, Annie’s pictures would be studied too.
Her line-drawings may look simple and unelaborate, but she drew them with great care. Annie made about eighty preliminary sketches for every drawing, and she herself acted out many of the poses in front of the mirror in order to get them just right. She said that she aimed her drawings at “the child-like part that remains in each adult”. She tells the story of a child who had to give the Scripture reading in church. Instead of prefacing it with words such as ‘Here beginneth the lesson’, she said ‘I have a lovely story for you today – it’s from…’
Taken from The Everyday Book by Mary Batchelor, a unique collection of stories, themes and quotations – 366 stories. This one is for the 12th October. (Supplied by Jean Richardson).