An Artistic Sanatorium . . . for the muse plagued with artistic attention deficit disorder.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


How many times have you wished for an undiscovered manuscript, composition, or painting by your favorite dead artist to magically be unearthed?

Well, I've had several little "unearthings" this week: two by one of my favorite Fin de Si├Ęcle illustrators, Kay Nielsen, and one of my own sketches.

I'm assuming these Nielsen illustrations have been known to others much longer than to me but this steals none of the magic from my own emotions upon finding them on the web.

I found these via Golden Age Comic Book Stories, which has wonderful, wonderful images from many classic children's book illustrators, comic books, and pulp fiction.

As to my own lost sketch:

Today I send "The Embroiderer" off to a new home. As I turned her over to inspect, voila! there on the back of the Bristol is a light sketch of some lanky, ornately encrusted, medieval princess I did while working up roughs for The Embroiderer. The ink from the finished piece on the other side seeps through so that the sketch is not very discernible; it did not photograph or scan well enough to post. But what a fun remembrance for me and what a nice "extra" for the new owner!

Next post, you will finally discover my muse's new name and I'll post pics of the prize I created for Renee. So come peep in again soon!


Robin said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see the bonus drawing! :-) "..lanky, ornately encrusted, medieval princess" sounds right up my alley.

Love those Nielsen illustrations. The second one is especially haunting and beautiful. Best wishes, Robin

Renee of the Fae said...

Wow! My sis and I had a book titled (I think) The Twelve Swans, and the illustrations looked very much like those Nielson pieces. I wonder...
I'm so very excited to see my prize!!!! *^_^*

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