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


  1. Wow! Jennifer, this painting is so magical. I love the idea of using vintage photo references to paint from. I did that a little bit recently in an online class with Carla Sonheim, called Faces 101.

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