Posted on Thursday 10/11/2018 02:09:07

Back in July, Christine Harrelson (TuesdayPillow for those of you who remember her from Journalspace) posted the following challenge on Facebook:

Who can make me look like I'm emerging from a painting on the wall?
If this sounds like a fun project, let me know. It needs to be done within a month.

I accepted her challenge, and she sent me some photos of herself for me to work with. She gave me a free hand regarding the painting, so I chose Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, by Gustav Klimt.

It took me a couple of weeks, a few false starts, a lot of tests with different coloured marker pens (I had no intention of trying a proper painting; I know my limitations), but I got there in the end.

As I noted in my diary when I embarked on the job:

I am optimistic I’ll be able to make something of it, though I have no doubt it won’t be as good as I imagine it to be in my head.

…which pretty well sums it up! I sent a high-definition scan to Christine, and she said she’d put it into the hands of her lawyers. I heard nothing for a while, then, when it was published on Amazon on 2 October, she said that she’d send copies of the CD to anyone who downloaded the album, Dark Matter. More to the point, that she’d send a copy of the CD for those poor souls who lived in England, as she’d be visiting there in early October. So I begged her to send me one, and she promised she would.

For the last week she has been feasting on such English gourmet delights as fish and chips, black pudding, fried eggs, fried bacon, fried… well, let me just put it this way: her arteries will be a good deal harder by the time she gets back to the US. And I have been waiting. But today it arrived. Proof that my artistic efforts had been recognised:

If you want to see it at a higher resolution, it can be found in my DeviantArt gallery, or if you’re too lazy to click on the link, here it is at medium size:

As a footnote, I would like to thank Nightbreed for the excellent term ‘Montgomery C Burns hands’, which sums up Klimt’s inimitable work so well.

  • kittenheel Says:
    I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD A DEVIANT ART GALLERY!!! I think you did a superb job, and the Klimt idea was definitely inspired.

  • Simon Says:
    Thank you! Christine was delighted by my choice too; apparently she’s a fan of Klimt, though I had no idea at the time.

    And I’m afraid laziness means there is little to see in my gallery, though I hope to add a piece every year or two. :)

  • kittenheel Says:
    I used to have one, but I have no idea what my username or password would be. I don't think there was much in there.

  • lunamor Says:
    That is really, really well done. There is no way I wouldn't recognize her in it, and the artistry is amazing. Beautiful work!

  • idoru Says:
    Oh, well ... if you're doing free cd cover artwork for people from Journalspace ... ;)

  • Simon Says:
    Just let me know!

  • H3OsMama Says:
    Very nice! I had no idea you have artistic talents!

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  • lermontov Says:
    That's superb Simon

  • Simon Says:
    Thanks, everyone. Your words are appreciated!

  • snow Says:
    Very nice!!! I had no idea you were so artfully talented!

  • Nightbreed Says:
    You're welcome, Simon. ;) Congratulations! Now massage my brain!

  • Simon Says:
    Had to Google that one!

  • Nightbreed Says:
    Thanks! I needed that! :D

  • H3OsMama Says:
    Hi, Nighty! Long time no see!
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