I drew Gold on a Sunday morning in Austin, Texas listening to a podcast about the origins of the French folktale, “Blue Beard”. It is based on a classic Vogue Paris Magazine photograph by Horst P. Horst. It was the last fashion photo taken for the magazine before they were forced to evacuate during WWII. The photograph is stunning but I feel the drawing conveys more warmth and emotion. It speaks to several of my interests such as Old Hollywood, fashion history and archetypal symbolism, but mostly the image represents the grace and strength of the female spirit. She is intimate and suggestive, yet we’re left to wonder if this is intentional. She holds her solitary, sacred ground. Bound, yet free; emerging from the shadows.
What does the image speak to in you?
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