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Friday, September 5, 2008

Illustrated Walls

I've spent a good deal of my life surrounded by Oz in some form or another, but a couple years ago, I took that to a new level. My partner and I had repainted our dining room in a rather uncompromising shade of mustard yellow - something I was a little unsure of then, and am still uncertain about. To give it some additional interest, I decided to try illustrating the walls.

This was accomplished by projecting images of book illustrations on the wall, tracing, and painting them in place. I had a lot of fun, choosing drawings by various artists we collect, and generally sticking to less recognizable characters.

There are quite a few Neill drawings since he's a favorite and they were really well suited to the application. As images were added over time, I couldn't help adding a few classics like Piglet and Pinocchio. There are also images by Edward Gorey, Mary GrandPre, H. J. Ford, H. R. Millar, and Palmer Cox - a bit of a grab-bag of illustrators. There are still a few holes that could be filled; we'll see.


Anonymous said...

That is so cool! I love Blinkie and the Roses especially.

Jay said...

Wow! I'd want the library in my house to be done in that fashion!