Happy holidays! Just a last minute reminder—if you need Alice books, posters, cards, porcelain lights, or original artwork for Christmas in the U.S., please order by 2 pm Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday. (Our office will close for the holidays on Friday, December 22nd at 3 pm and reopen on January 2nd. Giclée print orders placed after today will arrive by mid-January). Most Delamare items are at: www.daviddelamare.com Alice items and books are at: www.delamare-alice.com (The sites share a shopping cart so you can move back and forth between them.) Thank you!
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My husband, artist David Delamare died unexpectedly in September 2016. Had he lived, he would have turned 66 this week. If you missed last year’s post about his death, you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/daviddelamareart/posts/10154707894102140
For numerous reasons, fifteen months after his death, I finally feel ready to begin going through his notebooks and writing about him for a retrospective book.
David was highly dubious about discussing his art directly. ...
This image, "Beware the Jabberwock" is not from the book—it combines elements from both "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass". You may see it in its entirety at www.daviddelamare.com/beware.html. A slideshow of it being created is on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPA1DDm5UbA .
This week, in honor of Halloween,we'll be posting spooky Delamare images over on the general "David Delamare Art" Facebook page. This image titled "The Magician was inspired by a strange form of Victorian trick photography. Here, David described it in a book of notes for Facebook posts (you can see that spelling was not his strong suit). This original painting is one of several Alice-inspired images that is now available at www.daviddelamare.com/origgal.html
If you're in the UK, don't miss this exhibit! http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41024587
If you are going to be in or near Lincoln City, Oregon to view the solar eclipse, I highly recommend that you visit the bookstores of our long time friends and patrons the Portwood Family.
Bob Portwood owns two stores in Lincoln City that are both well worth a visit. Robert's Bookshop is huge (and celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in a few days) and Bob's Beach Books is charming.
You can read about the first here: http://www.oregoncoasttoday.com/…/pages-for-ages-robe...rts-bo… but what this article doesn't say is that both stores house huge art collections and Bob's Beach Books is home of the largest publicly-viewable collection of original David Delamare paintings in the world. Most of the images are of mermaids, but there are exceptions—including the two Alice paintings shown here.
The Portwoods have long been among our most stalwart collectors and patrons. They have stood by us through thick and thin and always carry a nice selection of our prints in their stores.
If you miss "real" bookstores—the kind where you can still find an unexpected treasure, you won't want to miss either of these.
This week, I was very pleased to receive this new book which features the work of many Alice artists, including our own David Delamare. (The Amazon listing allows you to see a list of artists.) You’ll find some really lovely work in this volume! www.amazon.com/ALICE-INSPIRATION/dp/8416500541/ref=sr_1_1…
Thank you, by the way, to everyone who supported the studio this week by making original art purchases from the gallery page at www.daviddelamare.com/origgal.html. This (still evolving) list of paintings and drawings will be our studio's main source of income these next few months. Purchases from it will keep the lights on and the critters fed. So, again, thank you!
I apologize that I haven't posted for awhile. I've been busy going through David's art studio, cataloging original artwork and scanning or photographing it so that I can offer it here: www.daviddelamare.com/origgal.html. I was surprised when going through the studio to find this wonderful drawing of the March Hare. Somehow he had slipped past us while we were designing the book. I would certainly have included him. (Perhaps in a future edition.)
This original gallery page is an evolving work in progress. Not all images have yet been added and some images have not yet been priced. If you see something and have questions about it, just send me an email or Facebook message. Thanks! Wendy
It’s hard to over-estimate the influence a parent can have on a child’s creativity.
David Delamare was fortunate to be raised by an imaginative and loving moth...er. Perhaps this is why his paintings of mothers always convey so much warmth.
He always spoke fondly of his childhood and recalled how his mother often took him on “magic walks.” Sometimes, when he and I would stroll together (he never drove), he would point out specific locations that had secret invented meanings for them.
David also recalled elaborate costumes. (Once, in outfits his mother had made, the neighborhood gang won first, second, and third prizes in a local costume contest.)
When small, David often preferred to be alone—drawing, painting, building models, or making little books. His mother encouraged this and kept him well stocked with art supplies.
When his friends would knock at the door and ask to play, she would always honor David’s request to turn them away. Later, I would assume her role of creative gatekeeper—protecting him from practical distractions that endangered his focus.
When David died last year, I asked his 92-year-old mother if I might have his childhood books, toys, and papers. She gave them all to me. If I could keep just one item, it would be this. One side shows a crayon drawing. The other bears a message almost certainly meant for his mother, but relevant to all of us. I'm still looking and hope you are, too.