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Down the Road
Earl B. Lewis is an artist and award-winning illustrator who has illustrated over 50 children's books. He works primarily in watercolor depicting stories about the lives of young black children and their struggle in race encounters, children in hospitals, and families. In this painting a mother, father, and child walk down an unpaved road visiting with one another. The father wears all denim with suspenders while the mother wears a long floral dress, completing a traditional image of a working-class family. The child wears a pair of denim overalls and holds a basket of apples. One can presume the family went to pick the fruit together in the countryside and are on their way home. Lewis' command of watercolor achieves great depth in the painting in the layers of green that comprise the surrounding woods while simple white spaces left untouched attribute realistic highlights to the scene.