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A Few of My Favorite Things: Photos and Art

It’s time for another of our favorite things posts, and this month it’s favorite photos and art, so bear with me, there will probably be quite a few.

This is a print that that’s been hanging in my living room for years. It’s concept art for the movie, Labyrinth, (which, if you’ve been paying attention, is my favorite movie) and the concept art was done by one of my favorite artists, Brian Froud. It’s also signed by him and his son Toby who was the baby in the movie Labyrinth. Interesting fun fact, this concept art was created before Toby was ever even conceived, and the actual baby completely resembled the art baby.

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But, as much as I adore this print for its artistic value, I adore it even more because of a conversation I had with my son, Corwin, about it.

Once, when Corwin was about 4, he suddenly stopped what he was doing and looked up at the print, then looked at me and said, “Oh…so that’s what a human child looks like.”

I said, “Aren’t you a human child?”

He just smiled the creepiest smile I’ve ever seen on a kid and turned back to what he was doing and didn’t say anything else.

Here’s another favorite Froud piece.

Wood Wife

So, let’s see…what other art do I like? I’m a big fan of Arthur Rackham’s fairy tale illustrations. This is from The Goose Girl which is one of my favorite fairy tales.

The Goose Girl color

Peter Pan

I’m also fond of Arthurian art. (I’m sure everyone is surprised.) This first picture has a special place in my heart because a million years ago, when Alex Kourvo and I were in college, she stole a copy (it was on an ad for something) for me from her university’s English department’s bulletin board because she knew I’d love it. And of course, she was right. I framed it, and it hangs in my office.

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Interestingly enough, this print of The Lady of Shalott, hangs in my dining room and it was given to me by Alex’s younger sister several years later. My people…they know me.

 

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What kind of art do you like? Got any faves? Only one of my blogging buddies will be joining me this week – there are lots of deadlines and a possible childbirth, so… here’s Kris’ post.

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4 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Things: Photos and Art

  1. Ooo! Ooo! I have the Lady of Shallot on my living room wall! Gotta love JWW! Also with you on Rackham and Froud. ❤

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  2. Your sons are great. And also, apparently, kind of creepy. But mostly great!

    I LOVE Labyrinth, so I’m super-jealous of that print. And I love fairytale and Arthurian art too! Have you seen Gustave Doré’s art? He did a lot of fairytale and Arthurian stuff too. I discovered him about a year ago and wanted some prints but, being financially-challenged, I bought a big second-hand book of his illustrations and framed my favourite pages! They’re hanging in my bathroom. Because sometimes when you’re brushing your teeth or otherwise taking care of business, you just want to look at cool pictures of knights and princesses. Right?

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  3. LOL! Thanks! I think the kids are both creepily great, too! 😀

    I didn’t think I’d seen Gustave Doré’s art, but I googled it, and I have seen a few pieces! And really, more bathrooms should have knights and maidens in them! However, that melty-faced Pierrot was creepy AF. o.O

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