Friday, June 20, 2008

Illustration Friday: Hoards

I did a lot of these library book drawings; more than a hundred of them. They all sold, but I eventually burned out on doing them, and with the economy tanking, I took a second job and laid "art," such as it is, aside in favor of keeping on top of the bills. I have not done any art for a few months. Besides, who could afford to buy this stuff anyway?

But I got this call Wednesday evening from a man who had bought many pieces from me over the last year. He had opened a shop somewhere up in Canada where a lot of cruise ships come in, and he had some of those pieces in the shop.

His shop sells just recycled art stuff; nothing new. He was so excited to tell me how a man had come in and fallen in love with this piece and bought it for his mother who was a librarian at the Detroit Public Library for twenty-some years.

It reminded me that sometimes you do something that makes someone happy. How great is that? There have never actually been "hoards" of buyers for my work. It is just drawings of dead people on trash. But making someone happy is renewing.

He wants some more work, so I guess I'd better get on the go and do some stuff.

9 comments:

Connie said...

Fine image and thanks for sharing the interesting story; I could picture things happening. Your hoard is going places.

Peter said...

Awesome drawings!

Andrea Kobayashi 小林アンドレア said...

It's a wonderful drawing and shows that art and the economy don't always answer to each other. Wishing you many Canadian sales!
AK

Forever Young said...

wow i am so trilled, as these are incredible images. so glad you're back working, post more please.

Suana said...

That is a wonderful and inspiring story!! You produce some interesting stuff, keep the work coming!

Something you might be interesting in is "The artist's Way" http://www.artistsway.com/awaw.html.

Anonymous said...

I hope you do list more. I adore your Mona Lisas. I know I cannot offer enough to keep your electric on, but I truely enjoy looking at the Mona's while I can still afford mine (electric). Someday I would be delighted in having a whole wall of your library book illustrations.

Edition Handdruck said...

Hi Natalie ,
your drawings are great! I still enjoy your linocuts ! Keep on going !
Martin

Son of Incogneato said...

You have one of the best, funniest, down-to-earth blogs I’ve read in ages. Not to mention your fantastic art, which I just now mentioned.
Your musings give hope, which is a rather precious commodity in these wasted, venomous days. Your artwork is both inspiring and a pleasure to behold.
Thanks!

Cheers!
Son

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