MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD
Written and illustrated by Theodore Waddell
2018, published by Bar R Books (Helena, Montana) Children’s Picture Book, 28 pages, $16.95 Book available at Riverbend Publishing
Ted Waddell was born and raised in Laurel, Montana, a small railroad community west of Billings. His new book, Memories of Childhood, tells of an idyllic rural childhood with caring parents, close friends, farm animals, and numerous boyhood adventures.
Before cell phones and video games, growing up in the west required exploration fueled by imagination. Nature played a major role as a fertile playground and a stern teacher. The humble stories relate lessons learned in the joys and heartaches of growing up in a rural environment. Waddell recalls a simpler life, although not necessarily an easier one, as young boy he worked many colorful jobs for low wages.
The fourteen playful illustrations in the book are splendidly populated with chickens and cows, boys and dogs, threshing machines and tractors. Readers will find a common thread in these Montana memories of hunting and fishing, farm choirs and fall harvest.
Parents, and particularly grandparents, will enjoy reading these stories to young people. Memories of Childhood is a book of memories worth sharing. Collectors of Ted Waddell’s paintings, prints and other books will enjoy this addition if this thoughtful boyhood memoir.
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April 4th, 2018
Available Now through Online Booksellers and the University of Oklahoma Press.....
Born in 1941 in Billings, Montana, painter, sculptor, and rancher Theodore Waddell stands as one of the West’s most celebrated contemporary artists. His paintings and prints of “landscapes with animals” couple abstract expressionist technique with creatures—Black Angus cattle, horses, and bison—that populate the high plains and mountain valleys of today’s ranching West.
Richly illustrated with the artist’s own work, as well as images from his personal archive, Theodore Waddell: My Montana, traces Waddell’s influences, ranging from the Cezannesque works of Montana rancher, painter and teacher Isabelle Johnson to the abstract expressionism of Robert Motherwell, the expressionist figuration of Robert DeNiro Sr., and the classic western paintings of Karl Bodmer, Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Maynard Dixon.
Theodore Waddell: My Montana is published by Drumlummon Institute of Helena, MT, and is distributed by the University of Oklahoma Press.Theodore Waddell: My Montana is priced at $29.95 paperback, and $45 cloth, 288 pages, with 185 color and 40 black and white illustrations. The book is distributed by the University of Oklahoma Press for Drumlummon Institute, Helena, MT. The book is available from online booksellers, in bookstores, and directly from the University of Oklahoma Press: 1- 800-627-7377
To arrange an interview with Theodore Waddell in Montana, please contact Corby Skinner at SkinnerBenoit Public Relations, 622 North 29th, Billings, MT 59101, 406-294-2390 or email Corby@skinnerbenoit.com
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