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|Posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM||comments (67)|
I am excited to announce that Martha's Gardens on Selby and Snelling is carrying my cards and gift tags. This is a wonderful little shop with many fascinating things to peruse. This florist won the WCCO "best of" for fresh flowers. They concentrate on weddings and large events.
After Labor Day I'll be making my first delivery to Lexington Floral on Lexington Avenue in the Vadnais Heights/Shorview area. This shop has scarves, jewelry and many other interesting items for sale and I'm happy to be among them.
I just finished creating 200 wedding invitations and am now gearing up for the holidays. I'm hoping to take part in some craft fairs and I could use your help in letting me know if you hear of any.
I'm hopeful that I'll be selling on this website soon but I have some kinks to work out.
Recently I've added a line of larger cards, 4" x 5"and I have many Fall and Halloween images. Please send me an email if you are interested and we could get together.
I've posted three new artist profiles on my blog. I have images in my library for all but Violet Oakley. If you have something in mind let me know.
Thanks for stopping!
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Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, mostly of books for young people.
Pyle was interested in art and literature from a young age. He studied at the studio of F.A.Van der Weilen in Philadelphia for three years and had a few lessons at the Art Student's League of New York. This was the extent of his formal education. His first illustrating commission was from Scribner's Monthly and subsequently Harper's Weekly and for many other publications.
In 1900, he founded the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art in Wilmington, DE. Pyle and his students became known as the Brandywine School. Of note, an unprecedented 50% of his students were women, remarkable for the time.
His first book, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, was published in 1883 and received international acclaim from critics such as William Morris.
Other books include Otto of the Silver Hand (1888) which was about the life of the son of a robber baron during the Medieval Period . (He wrote and illustrated this book.) He also illustrated a four volume set on King Arthur.
Pyle's illustrations of pirates (above) are responsible for our current stereotype of pirate dress. (Look like anyone familiar?!)
He also was a muralist and painted the mural, The Battle of Nashville, at the Minnesota State Capitol!
van Gogh, a contemporary, wrote in a letter to his brother Theo that Pyle's work ".....struck me dumb with admiration".
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism notes: "As time passed,Pyle's historical position as the founder of a distinctly American school of illustration and art, as the innovator who introduced the total-design approach and as the great reinventor of children's books, would outshine any single work he did, so that he is remembered less for any one project than for his total stance".
Pyle's students included: N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jesse Willcox Smith, Violet Oakley and many others. We'll look into them later.
From the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|Posted on July 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM||comments (31)|
The Golden Age of Illustration (roughly the 1880s to the 1920s) was a period of excellence in book and magazine illustration. The printing press had advanced to the point that illustrations could be reproduced accurately and inexpensively, but photography hadn't quite gotten there yet. There were many magazines and periodicals along with niche hobby/interest publications too; all in need of illustrations.
In Europe, Golden Age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.
American illustration during this time was largely represented by the Brandywine Valley tradition which was begun by Howard Pyle whom I will profile in the next Blog entry