Saturday, March 15, 2014

Beati omnes idibus Martiis

If people can go bonkers for ridiculous observances like "Pi Day," I can celebrate the orgy of blood and death that occurred in 44 B.C. when Julius Caesar was brutally murdered and the great Roman Empire was born.

What kind of tree does one decorate for this occasion? What cookie does one bake?

You know, but you won't tell me!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Fairy Feller

"He's a fairy feller."
~Freddie Mercury, "The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," from Queen II

I had an idea to illustrate a favorite song's lyrics as a storybook. The song, written by Freddie Mercury for Queen, appeared on Queen II and is called "The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke." It is a delightful song, based on a painting of the same name by Richard Dadd. The painting itself is lush, filled with delightful fantasy figures caught in the act of celebration and debauchery.

I may yet go through with the project, but I'm caught in a lingering moment of doubt and strangeness. To create illustrations based on a song based on a painting seems...redundant somehow. I suppose artists have had stranger notions than this one though.

For the moment, that's all I have to say.