You can hear Zelinsky's recording for a website to aid the blind, called Art Education for the Blind: New York Beyond Sight. This is an organization that offers introductions to art and other experiences that may be out of reach to the sightless. On this page, Paul describes one of his favorite landmarks in New York City: the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. (A photo taken on the Promenade already exists here on paulozelinsky.com, but it is hard to find!)

Also recently posted is a short video conversation between Paul and Nell Minow, a.k.a. Movie Mom, whose movie reviews on behalf of parents with young children appeared for a long time on Yahoo.com, and now appear at MovieMom.com. This conversation is on a movie site because of the popular Scholastic DVD featuring The Wheels on the Bus.

google image labelerA little surprise struck Paul Zelinsky when he was trying out an online game recently introduced by Google Image Search: the Google Image Labeler. In this game, a player is matched randomly with another participant somewhere in the world; the two are shown the same image and have to supply words that describe it, hoping for a match of words. In this way, Google Image Search might improve its ability to find pictures from word searches. As Paul was playing the game, this image appeared: a toddler on a potty chair, holding The Wheels on the Bus. This is not unrelated to celebrity Al Roker's mention of the same book.

artist's magazineThe Artist's Magazine has published a feature article about Paul O. Zelinsky. Written by Louise B. Hafesh, the article covers four spreads and features pictures from Swamp Angel, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, as well as pictures taken during the creation of several books. The article is in the November, 2007 issue of the magazine.

self portrait detailArtist to Artist is a beautiful new book in which 23 well-known children's book illustrators talk about their art, addressed to a child audience. Each artist's section includes a self-portrait made for the book. Paul Zelinsky painted himself in Renaissance costume; this detail is the mirror hanging on the back wall of the room. You'll have to look in the book to see the scene from the front, and different stages in its creation.

The book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. All of the included artists have exhibited there. It is a wonderful place to visit!

An Exquisite Corpse (not what you might think):

"Exquisite Corpse" is the name of a parlor game invented by French surrealist artists in the 1920's.   head   Run your cursor over any of these three sections to see what that artist chose to draw as head, body, or legs.
On a piece of paper divided in three, one person draws a head, one a body, and one legs— without seeing the others' contributions! body Click on any part of the image to see all of the Exquisite Corpses on Schwartz & Wade's website, and a fuller explanation of the game.
Anne Schwartz and Lee Wade, the publishers of Toys Go Out, wanted to see what this game would look like played by the illustrators of their books. legs Click to see the full image, large.

Get at least three people together and try this game yourself!