Mural Inspiration

This spring I rediscovered Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book, Treasure Island. The first time I read it, I was about 12 or 13, so it was really neat to revisit this tale of adventure and the life of pirates and heroes. I’m a super fortunate girl, because my dad has a wonderful collection of old books, and so I actually read the 1911 Scribner’s version with the N.C. Wyeth illustrations.
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The illustrative style of N.C. Wyeth was a big inspiration for me in doing the Ohio River Mural on the Wooden Boat Shop. Maybe in looking at a few images by N.C., you’ll be able to see the influence on my color palette and handling of edges:
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‘The Giant’ and ‘David Balfour’ by N.C. Wyeth

I have always loved the Wyeths–N.C., Andrew, and Jamie–as well as Howard Pyle, the teacher of N.C. Wyeth. I have to admit, as an artist and teacher myself, I am completely fascinated by this incredible lineage of art-making that started with Pyle and his influence on his student N.C., and then carried on through son Andrew and grandson Jamie. The book Wondrous Strange is a little gem that shows works from all four generations, and I have often marveled and pored over the images that chronicle this artistic legacy.

And so I would be remiss in not also leaving you with some images by Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth and Howard Pyle too!
Enjoy:
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‘Attack’ and ‘Marrooned’ by Howard Pyle
Airborne by Andrew Wyeth
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‘Airborne’ and ‘Trodden’ by Andrew Wyeth
The Rookery - Jamie Wyeth
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‘The Rookery’ and ‘Thief’ by Jamie Wyeth