Day 17 of Advent
(Mother Bear's plates, rondels from Woodland Nutcracker)
Stories within stories - illustrators create a whole world for the characters they portray. In the background of any scene are photos on the wall, views through the window, books on a shelf. We can't help it, it goes with the territory. The Bear family of the Woodland books have a cottage, which would naturally have Mother Bear's pretty things in it, hence these two Watteau-inspired plate-rondels with summer scenes of carefree bears revelling in nature's gentler mood.