By Erika Moen on May 22, 2012
A year ago, I had the opportunity to stay with the fabulously talented and hardworking artists Lucy Knisley and Nora Renick-Rinehart while they were still living together in The Burrow, their amazing Chicago apartment. (Here is my post about it!)
These two ladies are SO inspirational and creative, it’s impossible to be around them and not compulsively feel the need to just start MAKING ART ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE.
Once I got back from my trip, I doodled up the rough sketches for these paintings, but it still took me about a year to actually put paint to paper and turn these into reality. But hey! Here they are at last!
There’s not really terribly deep symbologia behind these pieces: Lucy is holding a paintbrush to represent being an illustrator/cartoonist/painter and her ukelele to represent her musical side. Nora is holding a sewing needle as a representation of being a fiber artist and the squeegee to represent her screenprinting.
Also, Lucy and Nora LOVE their cats, so of course I had to include them.
I really lucked out when I found this GORGEOUS maroon paper with embossed(?) gold work on it. Oh my god, these photos don’t do it justice.
Saint Lucy: Saint of Illustrative Art and Music. And Cats.
Saint Nora: Saint of Fiber Arts and Print-Making. And Cats.
Aaaaand this is the part of the post where I post gratuitous detail shots. I’d put them behind a cut, but hey, it’s my blog and I will abuse it as I see fit.
And, of course, I will end this with a cat shot.
Oh hey! And if you liked that Queer comic I posted the other day, I would be remiss if I did not mention that I am now offering two feet long prints of it for a limited time!