Monday, February 8, 2016
Easter Island Girl for Illustration Friday's "Mystery"
Rapa Nui girl, Easter Island. Virtual trip for research! I thought it would be fun to go to Easter Island, wander around the land and festivals in my mind. I let my eyes feast on all the images I could find, did some quick pencil and color sketches before bed, and let it all sink in overnight. In the morning I asked my daughter to try out a couple poses for me. She picked this one on her own, even though I had envisioned something else, and wouldn't you know it, this one worked best. She got a brief introduction to Maxfield Parrish, one of my favorite artists, and how he used models for his work. Years ago when we lived in New Hampshire, I was able to see a special exhibit of his works in Manchester. I admired his use of color and dreamy quality in paintings, illustrations and even theatre sets. I always fantasized about attempting a mural in my house based on one of his paintings. Alas, it never happened. We moved to Arizona, found the Phoenix Art Museum, and I was pleasantly surprised to find another painting by Parrish of the local landscape. I recognized the artist immediately. I think of that painting often when I drive and can see those mountains in the distance.
Posted by Sandra Jessop