I Love Love Love this time of year! Soft warm breezes against my cheeks, rustling leaves blowing gently across the garden, and tawny faded colors, as if dusk seeks to reveal herself earlier in the day...
I am off to the CASTLE today, to take John McRae's 'French Sedan Chair' Class! So why the image above? It is called 'A Lady Descending from a Sedan Chair' and is a study drawn for the painting 'The Porteous Mob' by James Drummond, in 1855. Isn't she lovely? Drawing Link , painted scene here.
Tomorrow I hope to show you my completed chair, till then you must imagine what it will look like...
Konstantin Kalynovych is another Russian Illustrator whom I adore. His work is as finely drawn is Durer's with wonderful surreal overtones and true fairy tale imagination woven in. One has to look many times to catch all the details he has created. Whimsical plays on reality stir our imagination - ice skating on a neck ruff, origami birds flying through the woods, and bigger than life shadows leading the way. Delightful!!!
I absolutely adore the fairy tale illustrations of Russian artist Gennady Spirin!
Kathy Viksjo writes in The Times on June 7, 1998: "He incorporates Raphael’s rich color—deep gold, blue and crimson reds—together with the Italian master’s classical compositions, into many of his illustrations. The microscopic precision of his super—realism recalls Flemish great Jan Van Eyck, while Spirin’s unbelievable graphic facility is like that of German Renaissance artist, Albert Durer…Even at first glance, viewers intuitively know that this is one of the masters of our time…Spirin is like a magician, using his paint brush as a wand."
His lushly detailed images evoke deep feelings of wonder, romance and idyllic sensibilities!
This wonderful painting by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Long lost, and from the height of his career it came up to auction at Christies recently and sold for 2 Million! How lucky we are that it is now in public view again!!!