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Derek Anderson

Original Painting:
He couldn't even remember why he'd come here.
But he was glad he came, glad indeed.

19.25" X 15"
Acrylic on Arches Watercolor Paper

This is a rare opportunity to own a Derek Anderson original painting from outside the world of his published works. Derek's personal artwork is driven by curiosity and a fascination with the world and how each and every one of us sees it differently. His bold compositions, interesting characters and fearless approach to creating are as much a part of his personal work as they are his published books.

From the Artist...

"I painted this fellow in April 2011. I don't know if it was raining at the time or if I just wanted to explore drizzly rain effects. I laid in the atmosphere and ground with as little brushwork as possible to keep the focus on the character. This pig has a bit of mystery to him with his umbrella, glasses, hat and overcoat, so I gave the painting a title that reflects that curiosity. It's a long title that doesn't give you any answers. It just causes you to want to know more, which is exactly what a good painting should do." -Derek Anderson





Little Quack Original Painting

Original Painting:
Little Quack's Opposites

9.5" X 14"
Acrylic on Arches Watercolor Paper

Originally painted in 2009, this piece was published in the book Little Quack's Opposites by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. With more than five and a half million books in print, the Little Quack series, written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Derek Anderson, has been widely translated and is a favorite of young readers in countries around the world.



Little Quack

Limited Edition Print
Big Splash, Little Quack

10.5" X 8.5"
Edition of 450
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper

Available for the first time as a print, this is the cover painting of Little Quack's ABC's, written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Derek Anderson. The book was first published in 2010 by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. The original Little Quack made its debut in spring 2003, earning Derek a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. With more than five and a half million books in print, the Little Quack series has been widely translated and is a favorite of young readers in countries around the world.



Miss Cow

Limited Edition Print
Miss Cow

17.25" X 13"
Edition of 250
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper

Derek Anderson's book Story County: Here We Come! began with this picture. He sat down one day, intent on creating a character out of very simple shapes. Miss Cow was the result. Through the magic of paint, she came to life and inspired the book about five friends - a farmer, dog, pig, chicken and cow that come together and make their own farm. Derek is a tireless creator. Long before he ever works on the actual pictures that appear in a book, he spends months experimenting with drawings and paintings of the characters and their world. Published here for the first time, Miss Cow is one of those pictures.

From the Artist...

"I grew up in Story County. That may sound like an imaginary place, especially coming from an author and artist, but in my case it's true. Story County is real. It lies in the center of Iowa, right in the heart of the heartland. Story County is an absolutely magical place. It's where I learned to write and draw, and where I first discovered the power of the imagination. We all have the power to imagine- to dream big dreams for our lives and then chase after them. This picture of Miss Cow grew out of a need to get back to the basics of drawing, creating the way I did when I was growing up in Story County. Back in those days, absolutely anything was possible. I created fearlessly with simple shapes and outlines. Sometimes we need to return to our roots, to find a way back to the basic things we learned as children. For me, that will always mean coming back to story." -Derek Anderson



Derek Anderson

Limited Edition Print
The Raincoat

13" X 15"
Edition of 200
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Paper

Derek wants his artwork to be accessible for not only his readers, but anyone with an appreciation of fine artwork. In addition to selling original paintings, he's offering one of his personal artworks, The Raincoat, as a limited edition print. Though there are only two hundred in this edition, it's an opportunity for anyone who has a love of the imagination to afford a unique collector's print that can be enjoyed by everyone in your family for generations.

From the Artist...

"When I first sketched this piece, I'd made the character wearing the raincoat human. I did multiple drawings of him for months, experimenting with different body shapes and expressions. It wasn't until I made him an elephant that the piece sprang to life. That's when I discovered the deeper meaning. There's something magical about a rainy day that sparks the imagination. While the world outside is transformed by stormy weather, we're often trapped inside with only our thoughts. Whether this is actually an elephant wearing a coat of rain or an ordinary man whose imagination has run away on a rainy day is up to each individual's interpretation." -Derek Anderson


Notes on Artwork


All artwork is copyright © Derek Anderson

All images are signed by the artist in either paint (on originals) or pencil (on prints). Prints are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Originals and prints are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to change prices at any time. Prices may increase when any edition nears realization. Because the prints are limited edition, they will no longer be available once the edition has sold out.

When purchasing a limited edition print, you will be asked for three preferred print numbers (example: for MissCow: 2,10, 25 means 2/250, 10/250, 25/250). Number one in each edition is reserved. We will do our best to satisfy requests for specific numbers based on availability. If your three choices are taken, we will assign an available number.

All artwork is unframed unless otherwise noted.

Payments are processed through Paypal's secure website. You don't need a Paypal account to purchase through their website.

Final artwork and prints do not have the imbedded web address as seen above (this is for online protection).

Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of all artwork. Note- when purchasing original artwork, we will only deliver to the billing address of the credit card holder. All artwork is shipped flat and will require a signature upon delivery.

We recommend that all images be framed with conservation glass to preserve the artwork. No artwork should ever be displayed in direct sunlight. The sun's UV rays can be harmful to any pigment and damage a picture over time.

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*All dimensions refer to the paper or canvas the picture is painted, drawn or printed on. All dimensions are approximate.