Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Illustration Friday 062306 : Rain

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Spent last week away at a conference, so never got 'round to completing anything for "Dance", and now I find myself exhausted by trying to catch up with all the *real* work that I'd left undone. So, that's my excuse for a rather uninspired bit of doodling. I hope to have my oomph back for next week's challenge...

Friday, June 16, 2006

Illustration Friday 060906 : Jungle

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Haven't had much chance to look at the links on IF this week, but I expect at least two or three others have done something very similar to this... If I'd had more time, would have liked to try my hand at vines and tendrils, and some dappled light.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Illustration Friday 060206 : Portrait

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My favorite portrait of all time was painted by Velasquez, and lives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Its subject, Juan de Pareja, was also a painter. I discovered him in the late 70s, when I was living in Manhattan, making a monthly pilgrimage to the Met to escape my coursework.

For years, I had a postcard of this painting on the bookshelves above my desk. One very hot night 20+ years ago, when it was impossible to sleep, I unearthed an old set of watercolors and pulled an all-nighter painting my homage. My only light was a pre-halogen desk lamp with a very yellow glow, so I didn't realize until the morning that I'd been rather heavy-handed with the yellow paint!