I’d love to see more of DeArmond’s illustration work, but unfortunately very few of her books are available in my library system. Still, there’s much to enjoy in the images here. I love the wood grain background of the duck, the patterns of its feathers, and the shape of its face and beak. I love the huge halibut and the tiny fishing boat, like my leviathan, except that it seems more like a sort of icon of Halibutness, rather than a picture of an actual monster fish. I like the single red swirl of the sun, too. I love all the light in the night scene, the glowing creatures in the teeming ocean, and the light surrounding the people and the kayak. Despite the awfully big waves, they seem protected by the night.
[Pictures: Duck on a Rock, wood block print from multiple blocks by Dale DeArmond;
Eskimo Village, wood block print by DeArmond, before 1986;
Halibut, wood block print by DeArmond, 1973;
Chickadees, wood engraving by DeArmond, 1958(?) (Images from Ahgupuk Art);
Cover image, wood relief print by De Armond for Tales from the Four Winds of the North, 1996.]