Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Edmund Dulac

I thought I would post another of my favourite illustrators - Edmund Dulac (1882-1953).  He was a French book illustrator from the 'Golden Age of Illustration', famous for his beautiful 'romantic style' fairy tale illustrations, Arabian Nights, Sinbad the Sailor and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.  This video was posted by Josh on YouTube.  Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Emma William's Painting

I've been meaning to post this beautiful painting on my blog for a while now but I've been putting it off as I don't have a very good camera.  Mine is a basic point and click camera, which is good for nights out with the girls but no good for close-ups of wonderful works of art.  I decided, I might never have a good camera, so I threw caution to the wind and took a photo and here it is:

It was painted in gouache by one of my best friends, Emma Williams, for my wedding present 10 years ago.  I lived in Chepstow at the time and Emma says the houses on Castle Street inspired her – a row of Georgian town houses painted in ice cream colours, with views of Chepstow castle. I can stand and look at the painting for ages, there is so much attention to detail.  Each garden depicts a different activity: friends enjoy a barbecue; a lady weeds her garden; people chill out, listening to music in their tent; children play in the paddling pool; a little dog plays with his ball, and so on.  It epitomises a beautiful summer afternoon. 

As I said, my photograph doesn't really do it justice and I'm hoping to post a clearer photograph in the future, but until then I hope you enjoy the painting as much as I do :) 

Kay Nielsen

I found this on youtube, another of my favourite illustrators, posted by Josh.  Kay (pronounced Kigh) Nielsen (1886-1957) was a Danish illustrator, another from the 'Golden age of illustration'.  His work was influenced by Swedish artist John Bauer, Beardsley and Japanese art.  He's famous for his illustrations from fairy tales such as Grimms Fairy TalesOld Tales from the North (East of the Sun West of the Moon)Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.  He also worked with Walt Disney on Fantasia.  Hope you enjoy :)