Monday, June 13, 2011

Beautiful Illustrations

One happy day I learned about an illustrator named Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900-1931). She only lived 31 years, but her beautiful illustrations are kept alive by every new person who falls under their enchantment. I am one of those people. A copy of this painting hangs in my studio to inspire me:

    Blondine and the Tortoise by Virginia Frances Sterrett 1920
    From Old French Fairy Tales

    I love the subtle variations of color, detailed patterns, and expressive lines. I can visualize how someone might accomplish all this with modern acrylic paints (you can wipe them off and repaint if you make a mistake), but all her work is done in watercolor! She died years before I was born, but I would have liked to spend and afternoon in her studio witnessing her brilliance and asking her questions.

    She illustrated three children's books:
    • Old French Fairy Tales by Comtese de Segur  (1920)
    • Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne  (1921)
    • Arabian Nights  (1928)

    To see the rest of her paintings, go to:

    The books she illustrated are all in the public domain and can be viewed and downloaded by anyone. 

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    1 comment:

    1. Gorgeous! I love being introduced to new fantabulous things. Thank you so much!

      Sarah Allen
      (my creative writing blog)


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