The Splendiferous Spillage of the Cartoon Wizard and the Color Witch
by Paul Reynolds and Theodocia Swecker - CW2
In 'The Splendiferous Spillage of the Cartoon Wizard and the Color Witch' a cantankerous wizard has drawn his black and white kingdom “to perfection” through the use of his magic pens. Suddenly, his world gets messy as drips, drops and sprinkles of color from a strange color cloud are tossed all over his pristine black and white creation. Outraged at this uninvited and unwanted addition to his ‘perfect’ world, the Cartoon Wizard scribbles up buckets and bowls and scurries about trying to catch the disruptive drips to rid his world of this nuisance. As he looks closer into the hovering cloud he discovers it contains a flamboyant Color Witch who convinces the stubborn ‘ol wizard that as they combine their talents new worlds of color, light and line open up for them.
Through an engaging story and magical illustrations children are taken into the world of two marvelously funny, lovable, whimsical, but very different characters. The Cartoon Wizard and the Color Witch learn to overcome their differences and unite forces to create vibrant and imaginative possibilities. Reading this book inspires children’s imaginations as they learn about the world of art and tap into the boundless nature of artistic expression.
The Cartoon Wizard and the Color Witch is possibly the first story where a Witch, (feminine) energy and a Wizard, (masculine) energy come together as equals in the process of creation.
The Color Witch, Theodocia (Teddy) Swecker, and The Cartoon Wizard, Paul Reynolds,have been artists,writers and teachers for over 40 years and friends for over 20 years. Since developing the original concept for the Witch and Wizard, Teddy and Paul have continued to identify ways to use their ‘alter-egos’ to teach and help children explore the world of drawing ,painting and writing. Their example shows children that the creative process is a true dance between the world of the formless and form, light and dark, chaos and order,feminine and masculine, rules and no rules.