Thursday, February 14, 2013

A little something for the day

On this Valentine's Day, I wanted to share with you these postcards that I received as a gift in a large batch of vintage photographs (thank you Candace!).  In case you ever thought that previous generations were oh so prim and proper, think again.


Mailed in 1910, lovely flowers, a sweet message.  Wait, what?   Can you read it?  If not, it says,

"Compel me not to toe the 
  mark, 
Be ever prim and true, 
But rather let me do those things 
That I ought not to do."

Then there is this one:


Written at the bottom of the card, "And judging from the scene above-- The AUTO is the CAR of love."

This next one almost looks like the same couple from the car, perhaps later in the day... 


"Do you mean business young man or are you only kidding?"

This last one is my favorite if only because of what the sender added:


From Gertrude to Linden (who was the recipient of three of the cards, all from different senders...) no date, it wasn't mailed like a postcard, but it likely is between 1908 to 1910, the dates on the other cards.  In case you can't make out what Gertrude added to the card:


And just a little something that Gertrude wrote on the back, "Say I would like to see you and tell you what I dreamed last night.  'Ha Ha.'  It was a peach."  Gertrude also goes onto to request a photograph of Linden and promises to send one of herself, but for him not to tell Nettie that she sent him a card or Nettie will kill her.  I cannot tell if one of the other postcards Linden received was from Nettie, but wouldn't that have been fun?

There you have it, a little love triangle for your Valentine's Day.  Have a good one.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 167 to 176

A few more Hobbit illustrations for the weekend.  Slowly getting caught up.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 167
Page 167: "...a river ran out of the heights of the forest and flowed on and out into the marshes at the feet of the high wooded lands."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 168
Page 168: "The king looked sternly on Thorin, when he was brought before him, and asked him many questions."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 169
Page 169: "...he began to wonder what had become of his unfortunate friends."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 170
Page 170: "...when suddenly out sprang the light of many torches all round them, like hundreds of red stars."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 171
Page 171: "There the great beeches came right down to the bank, till their feet were in the stream."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 172
Page 172: "'Did you not three times pursue and trouble my people in the forest and rouse the spiders with your riot and clamour?'" 

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 173

Page 173: "...yet he did not dare to march among them because of his shadow..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 174
Page 174: "...when he heard Bilbo's little voice at his keyhole."

Ink, acrylic gouache, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 175
Page 175: "There stood barrels, and barrels, and barrels; for the Wood-elves, and especially their king, were very fond of wine..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 176
Page 176: "When the barrels were empty the elves cast them through the trapdoors, opened the water-gate, and out the barrels floated on the stream..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In the studio: Curtains!

Yes, I'm posting about a curtain.  If you have followed my blog for awhile, you might vaguely remember over a year ago when I set up a new area for my studio and bought some material to make a curtain for the window (and I would be impressed if you did remember that).  Well, many, many months later I have finally made it and I'm so relieved pleased to finally have it done I had to share:


I made it myself I did.  With some awesome fabric from Ikea.  Here's a closer look:


I then tidied up the work space around it:


But not all of it:


Because I was up late last night working on this:


That's just a small part of the painting.  Those chevrons, they sure take a long time to paint.  Especially when you can't decide on the colors, but I think it is finally settled now.  Hoping to finish this piece and another this week.  Better get to work.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 162 to 166

A little Hobbit for your weekend...

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 162

Page 162: "Already the spiders were beginning to weave their webs all round them again from tree to tree."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 163
Page 163: "He suddenly slipped on his ring, and to the great astonishment of the dwarves he vanished."

Ink and acrylic gouache 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 164
Page 164: "The spiders swelled with rage, and spluttered and frothed, and hissed out horrible curses..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 165
Page 165: "Some of them even got up and bowed right to the ground before him, though they fell over with the effort, and could not get on their legs again for some time."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 166
Page 166: "The next time it had been Thorin who stepped forward, and as the lights went out he fell like a stone enchanted."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Have a great weekend!