drawIllustrating a picture book about an artist can be tricky. What do you draw to depict what he or she drew?

This unusual book neatly sidesteps the problem. The text recounts the events of Benny Andrews’ life in a straightforward way, but each spread is illustrated by a reproduction of one of his paintings. This is especially remarkable since the book was written several years after his death. The paintings are haunting, quirky, moving, flamboyant–the one thing they are not is forgettable!

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews, by Kathleen Benson, illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews. Clarion: 2015.