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: sterrett.artpassions.net
The books she illustrated are all in the public domain and can be viewed and downloaded by anyone.
Go to: http://www.archive.org/details/oldfrenchfairyta00sgrich