Rob Dunlavey
February 2012
Irana Douer
One of my flickr contacts is Hernán Paganini  a very busy Argentine artist whose work is very energetic, expansive and beautiful. He has many talented friends: Irana Douer caught my eye today. She does interesting figurative work. These are two etchings subsequently hand colored and reworked in a variety of treatments. Enjoy!
Here & There
"Day for Night" -just a doodle. I liked the idea that the headlights could be movie projectors but it's light outside and that made me think of the Truffaut film. (ink, pencil, charcoal, crayon, fabric paint)
Good stuff, items here from my sketchbooks from January. All somewhere between "here" and "there" --in the process of feeding the beast.
"Ménage a trois" (collage, colored pencil, ink)
This was meant to be autobiographical but clearly, it's not. (pencil, crayon, watercolor)
This reminds me of those winter days where the snow reflects so much warmth from the brilliant sun. This elf a migrant laborer, is on his way home from that sweatshop at the North Pole. (gouache, collage, colored pencil)
This collaged stone wall languished for months in my sketchbook. I started adding the vines and it created a more intimate space for something nice to be discovered –a special singing bird! (collage, watercolor, pencil, acrylic)
This began as a word-picture. Bernadette Gervais, a French illustrator, asked me to make a painting of it. So I did. I'm currently working on a few picture book proposals for Editions du Seuil Jeunesse. (collage, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache)
Bill Traylor exhibit
Untitled, ca. 1939–1942 "Traylor’s ability to make do with available materials is a trait common to people who grow up on farms. In their youth, he and his friends built a platform on the Alabama River, near the plantation, where they would spend hot summer days drinking and diving into the water. This lively drawing seems to be one of several in which the artist depicted that scene." Poster paint and pencil on cardboard
There's a show of Bill Traylor's drawings at Atlanta's High Museum: Feb 5 - May 13, 2012.
Get over there!

"Bill Traylor (1854?–1949) was born into slavery on a plantation in Alabama. After emancipation, he continued to live and work on the plantation until sometime before 1928, when he moved permanently to Montgomery. There he worked as a laborer and briefly in a shoe factory until he was physically unable to continue, then began receiving modest government assistance. Under the challenging conditions of Depression-era Alabama, Traylor survived on the streets in the then primarily black enclave of Monroe Avenue (now called Monroe Street). He slept first in the storage room of a funeral parlor, then in a shoe repair shop, and spent his days sitting on the sidewalks, creating the more than 1,200 drawings he is believed to have produced."
source: High Museum website.

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