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The last two weeks have been heavy duty spring cleaning duty for my studio and office. That has resulted in both good and bad things. It's so great to be organized again and to have found all the "lost forever" items that cause much stress. I actually found a $50 gift certificate to an art supply store from Christmas of 2000. I moved in 2001 and have been looking for it since then! I also looked at a lot of illustration work filed away in flat storage not seen in ages and brought some out for showing. The bad thing is all this moving of furniture and boxes gave me a bit of neck and shoulder pain keeping me out of the mood to paint. Twice to the chiropractor this week should make me good as new and ready to paint again in the next day or two.
I felt the need to post SOMETHING today and am sharing with you an illustration done in 1992 for Dove Audio in Beverly Hills, California. The CD cover is for "Carnival of the Animals", the well know classical piece by Camille Saint-Saens. The art director for this gave me a rough layout and instructed me to produce the art in the style of the French painter Henri Rousseau (1844-1910). He was a post-impressionist painter in the Naive or Primative manner. His best known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. The artwork was also made into a poster for a live benefits concert to support animal causes. The work is oil on gesso'd illustration board and measures 13"x 9". I can't tell you how many hours this took, but I know I only made about $10 an hour!