Virginia is steeped in history. Recently we were in Alexandria and there is a rich trove there, but first need to address the local historic properties, especially if they are presidential - so now Highland is added to my Virginia History collection.
These are just exquisite together. The colors are so vivid against the matte dark grey background. This series will be offered in a limited, signed edition. I am that excited about them! Currently they are exhibited without glass: the subtle grays and blacks are lost in the reflections of normal glass. There is a great solution, and that is museum glass, but we will have to arrange for that in a special order, as museum glass needs to be custom ordered and the cost is, well, museum-level cost. Museum glass is not only UV protective, but it is laminated with films that cut the reflectivity. It is some kind of magic technology that allows the true colors and all the detail to be seen, as if the glass were not even there.
As the Monarch butterflies are migrating through our area at this very moment, and the last of the other butterflies are still in the fields, these posters are reminders of fleeting summertime.
They are really stunning, and I hope they find homes together though individually they do hold up well. Come see them on display at Cville Arts gallery, or soon at the Crozet Artisans Depot.
A terrific event! A lot of work to do these street festivals or craft fairs (though my set up is nothing compared to some of the delightful, elaborate displays of some of the other vendors, including lights, fountains … and often, heavy fragile items such as ceramics. I’ve got it easy as long as there’s no wind, or rain) but always so fun to meet people, and Del Ray in particular has a nice neighborhood feeling. Even better, I had my entire family there to help - and I truly needed their help as it got quite busy at times. It was so fun to be together there that we have planned to return to the area this weekend to bike around together.
Great to get out of the ‘ville and see new (actually, mostly old, very old) things particularly the stunning tiles that can be found on the Iberian peninsula. These are modern era; many are 1800’s and were a less expensive, durable and showy way to cover a building’s surface. Pharmacies seem to be particularly lushly decorated in Spain. This one is in Córdoba.
These have been in the works for a long, long time. Yes, not a travel poster, yes, not in the genre of commercial/advertising art. The Monarch butterflies have been everywhere in recent days, passing through, right on schedule, on their journey to Mexico. I just had to make these.
No border, it was too hemmed in with the border around it … finished!
Rappahanock County adjoins the National Park and is truly one of the greenest most beautiful places I have seen. Old Rag mountain towers over it. It has a rocky promontory, and to summit it one must scramble over rocks, but the reward is a breathtaking view. This poster only hints at that awesomeness, but its coloration does capture the incredible lushness of the area, especially after a record year for rainfall.
Technical observation here - the top version of this poster looks just as I would like it to, at least on the screen. The hiker is almost lost in the deep greens of the forested mountain in the near background. The luminous colors do shine through the deep shadows. However, when printed, colors are not the same as when backlit on a computer screen, of course, so I am printing from the second image.
Next Saturday, October 6th I will be at the Art on the Avenue festival in Alexandria, in the Del Ray neighborhood. Last year I nearly sold out of posters, and met some really nice people who love living in Del Ray. This poster has some nice echoes of past commercial art. I really like the red of the boat’s hull and for those who live in and or know Alexandria and the area, will recognize the airplane in the upper right hand corner as a ubiquitus sight in the vicinity of National Airport.
I have become entranced by the beauty of this young woman's work. There is some amazing art direction which reflects Beyonce's business acumen. And the dancing ...
Wanting to refer back to book design of an era past, perhaps 1920s
Like a writer's block, I suppose. It happens. Need to recharge and am picking up the pencil and the brush and stepping away from the MacIntosh, my longtime trusty medium, for a while.
Many colors in black.
Quickly one runs into the limits of technology but it's still fascinating ...
Ad Reinhardt studied this, beautifully. Impossible to reproduce, must be scene in person, up close:
of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and cyclists. In the spring especially, groups of people often from Quebec come down to ride the scenic parkway.
In Virginia, there is one tunnel on the BRP and it is fairly close by, near Buena Vista, in an area that is (like all of) so beautiful.
Rarely do I use much black - I do love color, and black is a spectacular color - one day I might post my studies of black, á la Ad Reinhardt, but for this poster perhaps a midnight blue tunnel is good? Or is there allover too much blue?
I love this because it has the bright colors of a toy. This caboose is located in the schoolyard of the Mt Vernon Avenue School in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. We met so many nice, chatty, and proud residents of Del Ray last fall at Art on the Avenue and we plan to return. Sure, art festivals and the like are a LOT of work (and risk - rain and wind are the enemy of my posters) but it is worth it!
Mostly women, and it all started with Emma Gonzalez