Castle in the Sky – September 7, 2009

“I have always believed that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
– Hermann Hesse
“Castle in the Sky”
4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

This started out as a contour drawing of a part of a castle.

Then, I had a challenge from WetCanvas, to do it in the style of a 17th or 18th century English artist. I chose William Blake. I found a painting of his with the clouds and stars and this is what happened.   It was fun to do.

I promise…. there was no funny stuff in my coffee,  just William Blake in my head.

William Blake November 28, 1757 – December 12, 1827 was an English poet, artist and printmaker or “Author and Printer” as he signed many of his books.

WetCanvas is a wonderful site for artists. At this writing, there are 194,479 members.

About Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hesse, the Pulitzer Prize–winning German writer, became extremely popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s for his deeply spiritual novels spiked with Eastern philosophy. He is best known for the novels Siddhartha, The Glass Bead Game, and Steppenwolf. He was born in 1877 in Germany and immigrated to Switzerland in 1912. Hesse was exposed to Eastern thought from childhood: His grandfather taught Indian studies, and his mother had been born in India. He won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1946. He died in 1962.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Sep 07, 2009 @ 14:47:09

    How cool, Beth. You just switch it up midstream!


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