Notes by Bill Calhoun

June 28, 2013

An Emily Painting Comes to Life

Click for Larger ViewI've always wanted to do this - document the stages of one of Emily's paintings.

This animated image starts with a tiny woodcut illustration that Emily had for years on a bulletin board.  One day she decided to sketch a drawing inspired by the woodcut, and not long after decided to try a sketch on canvas.  That was about a year and a half ago, and since then Emily has worked, off and on and in stages, until the recent completion.

Day of the Dead, 2013, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

If you would like to know more about the painting's stages of development, or see the individual images that make up the animation, please click here.

June 27, 2013

Day of the Dead

Click for Larger ViewEmily has always loved the imagery from the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations.  This painting is based on a tiny woodcut that Emily had pinned up for years on the wall of ephemera in her studio.

If they weren't sitting, this handsome couple would qualify as a classic Emily pas de deux.

Day of the Dead, 2013, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"