Sunday, July 31, 2011

Undated – Sons and Daughters

There was no date to accompany this photo card but I love the expressions, the grouping and the dress of the woman on the left. It looks almost nautical.

The photo also reminds me of Sons and Daughters by the Decemberists for some reason, hence the title of the post. As I mentioned in my previous post, I tend to build a narrative in my mind when I find images like this, and the Decemberists have a wonderful narrative quality to their music. Enjoy!

P.S. I'm beginning a FEARLESS painting journey beginning soon... you can read more about what I'm partaking in here and here. I can't wait to share with you.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1906 - The Manager

The manager ... pour Mr. ??

I have something of an obsession with photo postcards from the turn of the 20th century. There is a hint of mystery in each object, of a story to be told. Given a few extra dollars and time to kill, I often find myself in antique shops scouring for little pieces of others' lives. My imagination gets the better of me as I create all sorts of fantastic stories and adventures to accompany the images. I know that the reality of the images are likely far more banal... but what fun is that?

Vintage photos are also great reference material for painting... I've been known to source them for fantasy portraits in the past.

watercolor, ink and pencil - 2008

Friday, July 22, 2011

No, I said 'ello, but that's close enough!

"Things are not always what they seem in this place... so, you can't take anything for granted."
 Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorites and this scene is a nice way to begin our story here...

Starting a new blog is a lot like starting a new journal, although it admittedly takes a good deal more preparation. Secret Place is more than just a new blog, however – it's a new adventure.  

What can you expect to find here?
• New (and really old) paintings, drawings and curious creations by yours truly
• Mysterious circumstances
• Videos, articles, hand-made finds and links to other items with a fantastic bent
• Some dark, some light
• Photos of people, places and things that inspire a sense of magic
• Memories and nostalgic finds - both imaginary and real
• Books, oh dear, all the books
• Odd and intriguing objects that come across my path
• Surprise twists
• Plenty of geekiness and a fair dose of humor

To start us off on our journey with appropriate recommendations, here are few links to whet your appetite for adventure. 

A Book

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente is about as appropriate a book as I could find to recommend as we begin our journey. It is the tale of a girl (maybe special, maybe not) on a journey in Fairyland. Often compared to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is both a fairy tale and a criticism of the same.

The story was originally independently published by the author online as a free web novel. It is still available here, minus the final act, but you can also learn more about the author and view a few curiosities. Be sure to listen to September's Rhyme!

A Song

A Toy 

 And just in case you love the The Labyrinth Worm as much as I do, you can find your very own here