Thursday, May 28, 2009

Shellbound

I've been working on this piece on & off for nearly a month in between deadlines... just like this poor creature I'm desperately eager to get moving, but my progress is oh so s l o w...
if only we were both better adapted for speed.

Acrylic on text (from Steele's Fourteen Weeks in Physics, 1878) & star map (from 1906 Chambers's Encyclopaedia) on canvas, 12"x12" Please click for details.

Shellbound will be in my upcoming show at the Block Gallery (Hargett Street, Raleigh NC) 4 June-28 July. It's called Picturing the Fantastic & includes 22 pieces of mine as well as the wonderfully weird work of Tisha Edwards Weddington. Her paintings are HUGE while mine will be accompanied by magnifying glasses (really!)-- I think the contrast adds a delightfully vertiginous Wonderland effect. Thanks to Sarah Blackmon for putting this together!

31 comments:

Roberta said...

What a delightful and curious show that will be!!
Wish I could see it!!

110SPECIALBLACK said...

it´s worth taking so long

Katie White said...

This is the most creative yet. Very wonderful and expertly done.

krisztina maros said...

congratulations to the show! this sounds really great! your works are still beautiful with so fine details.

Crayonmonster said...

Very detailed and great facial expression!! Love it!

Koldo said...

I think this is one of your best pieces Leah. I love the color palette and of course the character, half cute half mysterious. Your work makes me sigh...

Naomi said...

Wow, so gorgeous! I really love this!

Julia Kelly said...

wow- where did the idea bubble up from- I know- I never can explain that either- the color and rendering is wonderful

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

you're putting in a lot of work, but it's showing! It looks fantastic! I wish I was on that side of the US so I could attend the show...but thanks for posting the pic on Illustration Friday so we could all see it!

Elizabeth Parsons said...

this is amazing...i love that you painted on the old paper...very cool...expertly rendered.

tlc illustration said...

I love these pieces that are painted on top of text. But are there issues with acidity (and therefore fugitive artwork?), or are you scanning and printing out on archival paper?

I've enjoyed your work for years. I have a folder of your pieces that I tore out of old Crickets long ago. Love even more what you are doing now.

omarto said...

my god! you even made the hairs! :) its so amazing. great work!


omar from patagonia :)

Amber's Illustrations said...

It's so beautiful. I love the stylization.

uglymuffin said...

This show that you speak of, it's not anywhere near Salt Lake City, just asking. Very well rendered, a lovely sense of humor.

Daniel Hertzberg said...

G O R G E O U S S T U F F !!
Nevermind the snail's pace, slow and steady wins!!

georg said...

it's so beautiful and very creative - wonderful!

angels said...

Very good work! Well done!

kathy hare said...

beautiful..

Artemis Wilde said...

Amazing work!

auralesnjak said...

Wow, great imagery! I really really love the foliage, its so realistic!

steve said...

Geez, this is AMAZING!!!

joseph's art and stuff said...

stunning bit of work, the slow process worked well! love all the little details!

Greg Hartman said...

I've been out of touch for awhile now, but every time I visit your work I think "Damn, Leah is so amazingly talented!" Really Leah it's staggering! I would love to see your originals in person one day.

Denise Gallagher said...

beautiful beautiful beautiful!

Curious Art said...

Thanks so much for the kind comments, everyone! It makes me feel a lot better about being such a slowpoke!

Tara (tlc)-- I used the original papers when I first started out with this style, but for various reasons-- mainly archival issues & my reluctance to tear up beautiful old things-- I decided to go the archival scan route. I do miss the letterpress texture, but honestly, by the time I slop on all that paint it's hardly noticeable, & I have the added option of changing the scale of the type.

Babur said...

All outstanding.

C. L. DeMedeiros said...

;)

not for you, Leah
for your cute creature


Carlos

tp said...

very beautiful! ure are is very intricate anc amazing!

johanna said...

another beautiful painting, leah! been wondering how you are. haven't visited blogs for a while now. hope to see more of your new work soon :-)

Roberto MarĂ­n said...

Leah your ilustrations are amazing(sorry for my English is very elemental) ja ja.
I'm very glad if you visit my blogg.
Thank you
Roberto

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello, well I must say that is wonderfully exciting :) 22 pieces did you say, Yowza! It's not the speed that it takes its the result that matters - that's all people will see in a hundred years - the results - and I bet they will still be looking :)