I haven't posted since January 18th, but that doesn't mean I've been idle.
My husband had back surgery 2 weeks ago so that has shaken up our household routine quite a bit, but I'm still managing to create art. I got 6 JKPP portraits done last month, 3 paintings for facebook art group challenges (got 2nd place in one of them again), finalized my first online art sale (the money cleared, yay!), am currently working on some Valentine-themed mandalas for the LOV event in Pontiac this weekend, and started attending a Watercolor on Aquaboard class. I still have the annual Women exhibit in mind but I don't think I'm going to be able to get a piece done by the February 11th deadline.
But the most fun thing lately - and most time-consuming - has been working on an upcoming exhibit for Gallery 194. Not my own work, but an exhibit on "Literary Art." Now, that term can mean many things, and an exhibit with this theme can go in many different directions. The first task of our Gallery Programming Committee was to narrow down our focus. Since Lapeer is the home of children's book author and illustrator Marguerite deAngeli, and our local library (appropriately called the Marguerite deAngeli Library) has a collection of her original works, we definitely want to include them in the display. While we could easily fill the whole gallery with her work, that didn't seem quite enough to constitute a "Literary Art" exhibit. So we decided to include some other book illustrations. I started to do some research for the committee and got sucked into a magnificent, mesmerizing, endless rabbit hole of information and images.
Book illustration (specifically, the "Golden Age") is such a vast topic that I honestly don't know how to describe it briefly for a simple blog post. So I will simply leave you with some links. Peruse at your leisure, but be forewarned, you may not get anything else done for a while.