Every year the Philadelphia Sketch Club, historically the oldest club for artists in the country, holds a juried illustration exhibit. I am pleased that three illustrations I submitted for the show have been accepted.
Two are small pieces from children’s book Let’s Visit New Hope – Window Shopping and New Hope Train Station. While the delightfully turreted train station building has been depicted many times in paintings of this popular tourist area, mine may be the only one drawn for children. I put in the ‘Father of New Hope,’ Benjamin Parry, playing the role of conductor.
I painted these in acrylic paint on illustration board, with a little prisma pencil. The authors of the book, Gayle Goodman and Roy Ziegler, loved the 1960s look of children’s book illustrator M. Sasek, and I modeled my style for the book on his classic art.
The third piece that was accepted is my illustration for the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s last production, which included two short operettas, Cox and Box and Trial by Jury.
Trial by Jury is a British comedic operetta in which a judge, who is hearing a breach of contract case, falls in love with the pretty plaintiff himself. In Cox and Box, another short operetta, two men unwittingly live in the same flat – they don’t realize it because one works all day and one works all night. (Until, of course, one gets a day off.) This illustration was also painted in acrylic paint on illustration board.
The Phillustration 9 exhibit has an opening reception November 19th from 2 pm to 4 pm, and the exhibit is up until November 25 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St, Philadelphia.