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I indulged in Smoke and Mirrors, Double Meanings, Hidden Messages, Madness, etc., on my blog during May and June of 2018. But the unraveling began in March 2018.
Friday, April 17, 2009
This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Pierrot.” I didn’t know who he was so I did a Google search. I used the description I found on wikipedia to come up with my postcard idea. Because I was unfamiliar with him and everything and everyone else associated with him, I didn’t look at any images on the Internet (other than the ones on wikipedia) because I didn’t want my idea to be influenced by anything I saw.
I knew what a harlequin was, I knew what a modern clown looked like, and I knew who Scaramouche was, but I didn’t realize their origins came from here. This challenge was an educational experience for me, which I enjoyed.
My postcard shows Columbine choosing Harlequin, and turning away from Pierrot. I have the moon in there too, because he was “moonstruck” by her. I wanted to put some moon dust raining down on him, to show that, but there wasn’t enough room. All of the clipart is from Clipart ETC. I colored it and made a few minor modifications.
After I decided on my postcard theme and the clipart I would use in it, I did do a search for Harlequin and found this beautiful painting called Harlequin Dance, by Gary Benfield. Pierrot is in it also, but he was so subtle I didn’t see him at first. I know it’s not a postcard, and not part of the challenge, but I thought I would share it anyway. It can be seen on Herndon Fine Art - Limited Editions, Originals, and Sculptures: Gary Benfield Limited Editions. It’s almost all the way down to the bottom of the page. To view the image directly, go here.
Technical notes to myself: Even though I uploaded the BMP file, which didn’t have the “ghost affect”, the website appears to be using a JPG style version of it, which does, just like my original one did until I changed everything to BMPs and processed them that way.