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“Excuse Me!”

Sometimes you have pleasant accidents when you take a photograph. I was trying to take a photo of this.

Graffiti Ladycopyright ECR 2013
Graffiti Lady
copyright ECR 2013

I was having trouble focusing and trying to avoid a glare so I put this Graffiti Lady on my easel on top of another painting I am working on.

The Horses are Backcopyright ECR 2013
The Horses are Back
copyright ECR 2013

and this is what resulted.

Excuse Me!copyright ECR 2013
Excuse Me!
copyright ECR 2013

The message is loud and clear, ” This is my easel, clear out.”

 

 

 

 

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Portrait Shakespeare

Portraits in Publication

Several months ago I was contacted by Emory University. There was going to be an article in their Quadrangle magazine about the International Shakespeare program. The article entitled “Skyping Shakespeare” was going to feature the digital learning experience co-directed by Sheila Cavanagh and Kevin Quarmby.

You may remember my post from October 3, 2012. I wrote about portraits, specifically the ones I had painted of Sheila and Kevin.

Emory wanted to use these portraits in their article.

Quadrangle Magazine Winter 2012
Quadrangle Magazine
Winter 2012

I was thrilled to see my artwork in this lovely publication. Thank you to the staff of the magazine and to the faculty who made this possible.

For more information on the World Shakespeare Project you may visit their website at http://www.worldshakespeareproject.org/

For more information on my portraits please request a brochure that includes a price list. You can email me at beth@bethrommel.com

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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Cats and More Cats

Several weeks ago I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference here in Atlanta. One of the offerings was to have a portfolio review. I packed up photos of my paintings and recent work to show. A very nice gentleman from New York was there to share some of the mysteries of the publishing world and to look at countless images brought by hopeful artists.

Since I have not asked if it is okay to use his name I will only tell you that his publishing house is Abrams Books. He was so generous in time and kind words.

I showed him a reproduction of Timmy Felt an Unsettling Presence.

Timmy Felt an Unsettling Presence
Timmy Felt an Unsettling Presence

He encouraged me to work more in this style. More cat pictures was a suggestion.

Micecopyright ECR 2013
Mice
copyright ECR 2013

If you have a cat you probably also have a million of these little toy mice. You probably also step on them in the night in the dark or find them behind the bathroom door when you think you are alone.

Sleepcopyright ECR 2013
Sleep
copyright ECR 2013

If you have a cat you have probably also known they were sitting beside you in the dark staring at your face waiting for your eyes to open.

If you have read this blog for very long you also know I had a great deal of fun painting these pictures. That was what the wise man from Abrams Books was suggesting. Have fun, enjoy your work. Brilliant!

 

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Central Park Snowball Fight

Here is a little more work on the boys we saw throwing snowballs in Central Park.

Snowball fight in Central Park.copyright ECR 2013
Snowball fight in Central Park.
copyright ECR 2013
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Self Portrait

Self portraits have been a staple of the artist diet since early times. As long as there has been a mirror or a body of water or window there has been an image to reflect upon.

Several months ago, I along with eleven others, registered early for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Spring Mingle conference. We signed up for the illustration intensive. At that point we were assigned a project by artist Mark Braught. This assignment was about how we saw ourselves. Specific locations, time periods and animals had to be included.

The first sketch I sent Mark was this one:

Sketch for SCBWI projectcopyright ECR 2013
Sketch for SCBWI project
copyright ECR 2013

 

This self portrait is placed in the Victorian Era, in England with lemurs. Of course!

Step onecopyright ECR 2013
Step one
copyright ECR 2013

As is typical for me there is under painting, this time in pink. My artwork adorns the walls with the subjects being turned into lemurs, my children are represented as the two lemurs in the chairs. Queen Victoria is on the right depicted as a lemur.

To add some depth to the piece I needed to make some changes.

Photographs of books from my shelves.
Photographs of books from my shelves.

I took lots of photos of the books on my shelves. I cut them out and began stacking them and arranging them around the room. I used decorative paper for the wallpaper and the rug.

Self Portraitcopyright ECR 2013
Self Portrait
copyright ECR 2013

And there it is, the self portrait.