I've been working on pussycats.
I have a very difficult time capturing the essence of the feline and practiced by forming 11 heads. I knew that if I kept experimenting with techniques, I may eventually get it right. Unfortunately, kitties are not my forte, but I will keep trying and trying until I have it down.
The faces are slightly odd, with each one being completely different from the next, much to my dismay.
I think they will be much improved when they have bodies, millinery, baskets and frocks.
I have to admit my strength is in forming rabbits, not kitties.
But I digress...
Speaking of Kitties. I recently learned, from a British Publication called the "Teddy Bear Times", the following:
Three handwritten manuscripts from 1914 were recently discovered in the Beatrix Potter Archives, along with a rough watercolor illustration of a black "Kitty-In Boots." The tale was unfinished due the circumstances of the time, such as the "Great War", and the manuscript was left, as is.
Below you see the little colored sketch done by Beatrix.
With such an exciting discovery as this, it was no wonder that Warne and Co., (Miss Potters publishers from the very beginning) decided to bring this new tale to life.
Those of us who have always loved the work of Beatrix Potter should be thrilled at the prospect, but who could do the artwork that would be compatible with Miss Potters lovely, delicate and sensitive painting style?
The story-telling and the artwork of Beatrix Potter are like a fine fitting glove. Without one, the other seems rather null and void, to me anyway. The graceful and soft paintings are one of the main reasons we love her work.
What a task it would be to find the perfect artist, one who would compliment the story of the little black pussycat, to Miss Potters satisfaction.
First, I think the artist should be British, and second, the artist should be someone who feels a kinship with Beatrix, and third, the artist should have the light, airy touch and talent displayed by Potter herself. I can think of at least a dozen British artists equal to the task.
Therefore, I must tell you that I am completely bewildered by the choice of artist.
A well-known cartoonist.
Personally, this is not the style I see in my imagination when thinking
BEATRIX POTTER. Do you?
I think this is an odd decision by the publisher.
Meaning no disrespect to the above artist, but as an admirer of Beatrix Potter's work for over 30 years, I protest the choice.
I am sure the artist does great work in his chosen genre, but I, personally, would
have picked a Fine artist to illustrate Potters long lost story; One who could imitate her style more precisely.
Tell me,what your thoughts are on this matter, fellow Potter Fans?