-By Paul Bonner
|John Bauer. Pretty much perfection here.|
This was intended to be another lengthy prose on the strange, arcane, and somewhat haphazard techniques that I throw together in the hope of eventually reaching a satisfying arrangement of marks upon a blank, white surface. But alas! Time and circumstances dictate that the rumblings of something epic must wait.
For now, to keep you from growing restless I have opened some of the lowest level dungeons and cellars that contain some of my oldest memories. Some things never fade, and I managed to find a few dusty hints of images that I remember from childhood that possibly set me off, albeit - unknowingly, upon the hazardous path to becoming an… Artist!
|Ivan Bilibin. How ominous and forbidding is that?|
I could have included Frazetta, Froud and the Hilderbrandts, but they came a later. These are the ones that went deep and opened doors into my imagination that have been wedged open ever since then.
|Kay Nielsen. How romantic is that.|
|Tove Janson. Moomintroll. Grew up with her haunting stories and pictures.... still read them sometimes.|
|Hours of my childhood - right there.|
|Still to young to be a teenage delinquent, but I remember seeing this as a "painting" first, and marvelling - as opposed to a window to look through. Henri Felix Emmanuel Philippoteux (Must have been a pain in the "derriere" signing his canvases!)|
|Harald Wiberg ,"The Tomten". Very beautiful, haunting books. You can hear the muffled silence so loudly here.|
|From Lancelot du Lac by Roger Lancelyn Green. A book I physically wore out. And this dragon was the catalyst for many an afternoon scribbling and painting on the kitchen table.|
I could pick many more. Many more by some of the artists here - but I really wanted to keep it to the ones that seemed to be there straight away, rather than having to be searched for. So, a little insight maybe into some sign posts that set me off at a tender age.
I'd love to see any similar sign posts from anyone out there; the ones from your earliest memories. Shouldn't be difficult, with most of you not having to trawl so deeply!
Seasonal greetings to you all as well. Have a splendid Christmas, and be good!