IF: Old-fashioned

September 30, 2010

Pen & Ink, Watercolor
Sitting under a tree, reading a book, wearing an old-fashioned dress. Mmm--three things I love! 

I started this picture a while ago, but once I got to the watercoloring stage I discovered the paper was so old that the watercolor went on in a spotted, speckled sort of way. Demotivational for sure!

By the way, If you're in the mood for some old-fashioned end-of-summer reading, be sure to check out Booth Tarkington's hilarious 1915 novel, Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family, Especially William.

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19 comments

  1. So sweet. So peaceful. So beautiful.

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  2. A really lovely illustration, nice watercolor work.

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  3. gorgeous!! love how you photograph the whole page showing how your incredible skills aren't manipulated

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  4. It has the feel of the illustrations from that time period too. Makes me think of Kate Greenaway. Lovely!

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  5. Congratulations! Makes me long for a good book and a perfect day. wonderful.

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  6. ok, how can i follow your blog? your style is my favorite's...!!

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  7. Congratulations on getting "Pick of the Week!" Beautiful old fashioned watercolor- thanks for sharing the link to the e-book, too! :o)

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  8. Congratulations on being Pick of the Week. Your illustrations are absolutely beautiful! Sadly these days this girl would more likely have her iPhone and be posting something on Facebook. There's just no replacement for a good book in my mind.

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  9. Thank you all! I was quite surprised to see my picture on the IF homepage this morning. :)

    enigma--on the sidebar I have links to my twitter, facebook and rss feeds (the little boy with balloons following him), or google friend connect at the bottom of this page.

    Michele--I'm currently re-reading "Seventeen"--If you read it I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I am!

    Nicola--I agree heartily! I love my old books. :)

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  10. you have the same taste in literature as i do! any other book suggestions?

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  11. This is so beautiful and delicate!!
    Congrats on your IF feature!!

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  12. Wow, very nice. Sometimes I am disappointed with the pick, but this time they hit it right on. I love your style. Very real. -H

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  13. Congratulations for the IF pick of the week. I have always admired your style!

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  14. Congratulations on being top pick :) I ♥ your golden age style.

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  15. Hi Amanda,

    beautiful and tender picture. Thanks for posting!

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