Many summers ago, I went on vacation with my sister and her extended Brown family to Galena IL on the shores of the Mississippi River. I bought this large hand painted, and airbrushed pumpkin, painted by Bonnie Barrett of Boardwalk Studios. I thought about it maybe an hour, then trekked all the way back to get it. Maybe it reminded me of my Oz books, and the Illustrations of Ino R Neill. Just a little eery, and dark, with a bit of a twinkle. #boardwalkstudio#puttinguphalloween#johnrneill
This was actually a present from Sarah - too fragile to post. It’s about (perhaps) my favourite Oz character but it was never published in the UK, like pretty much every Oz book after the death of their creator. I’m about to embark on reading Ruth’s novels - apparently there are more princes and plucky boy heroes compared to Baum’s heroines and wild girls.
More florals... I am so inspired by illustrators from the first half of the 20th century! If you want to see some gorgeous art, look up #arthurrackham and #johnrneill . their line work and imaginations are like visual music!
The client needed the OZ books brought to life. I used original illustrations, and added in Dorothy’s legs, the scarecrow’s body, and made it look like it was one whole thing. To me these guys were the masters, so just making the work a single whole is a point of pride. #inkdrawing#johnrneill#oz#mattweemsillustration#inkdrawings
Three new arrivals: three true 1st Printings of Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, with color plates! All three meet all of the 1st Printing points to be found in the Bibliographia Oziana.
Thompson continued the Land of Oz series as Royal Historian after L. Frank Baum died in 1919.
An avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she sold stories to newspapers and magazines. Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. They were all illustrated by John R. Neill, who had also illustrated Baum's Oz books, except for the first one, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.