Tuesday, May 8, 2012


'lady eve' ~ albrecht durer watercolor pencils and gouache in 4" x 6" s. & b. 'gamma'

last week i got the book 'the drawings of the electric pencil' after sighing over it for months.  all of the sudden amazon lowered the price to $41.97, which was all i needed.  there is so much that i could say about this book but i'm not feeling very wordy, so i'll just say that it moves me to my very core.  'lady eve' was inspired by one of the faces in the book, and there are many...

you can see all of the images in the book at the electric pencil website.   they were drawn by a man named edward deeds who lived most of his life in 'state lunatic asylum  #3' in nevada, missouri.  there's a great video about edward on the website,  sharing what little is known about his life.


she was 'lady evangeline' before i realized that that was not going to fit on the page. ; ) 

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if i'm not here, i'm out walking... 

XO

31 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely image, thank you for sharing.
    The book looks very interesting... touching is more like it! :]
    I could only imagine what story those drawings hold.

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  2. Oh Lynne, what treasures you have shared with us today. THANKYOU. I was so moved by this mans story, and his piognant drawings. I will be back to view the video again and again. So much loving detail in his pictures, they are both beautiful and heartbreaking. The lichen landcape you have photoraphed, is beautiful. Thankyou again for your wonderful blog. Hope you have been resting your wrist. Hugs to you, Marg. ox

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  3. Thanks for telling us about the video. I popped straight over to watch it and found it to be very moving and what a wonderful treasure that original book is.

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  4. Yes, I loved this link. A new artist for me and so very wonderful. You have brought us something amazing. Thank you.

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  5. OMG what a story. The video made me cry. It certainly shows that the desire to make work transcends everything. And his work shows that even tho he was a 'prankster' he was a gentle man. I am very moved.
    No wonder you love the book.

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  6. This book sounds amazing Lynne... and I love your little drawing... off to check out the link... thank you for sharing...

    Jenny x

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  7. i love this post . and i love the green heart . (:
    xxoo

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  8. What treasures, Lynne.

    I love your Lady Eve. She looks so peaceful as she seems to gaze at the magnificent trees (and your sweet little acorn!) on the opposite page.

    And Edward Deeds! I was so moved by his work and the video of his life. It stirred up so many emotions in me. . .

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Happy walking!
    xoxoxo

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  9. Lynne! I don't know if you have noticed or not, but you are almost to 500 followers! But knowing your kind heart, I know this probably does not matter to you. Let me tell you though that I am so crazy about your art that I would click the join to make it change over to 500, but I can't because I am already on there. : )

    I love Eve...she has a baby soft round face and just seems to be so kind and sweet.

    I am off to check out this book you are raving about. Enjoy your walks.

    xoxo

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  10. I just took a peek...awesome book! I love that a young boy rescued it from the trash in 1970. Awesome drawings. I often wonder what the connection is for some artists and "lunaticism"...Van Gogh...Edvard Munch...???? I wonder if someone has written a book on the subject.

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  11. Her face is lovely and a little sad. My heart breaks for Edward. I hope he found peace in his paintings.

    P.S. Lisa pointed me to your site! :)

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  12. I've just been paging through all of your loveliness I've missed...now I am enchanted and inspired...thank you Lynn.
    ♥♥♥

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  13. The moss heart makes my heart flutter! I am off to google the electric pencil. xxoo, sus

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  14. i am spellbound.
    the video takes me right into the heart of another.
    the desire to create central to our very core, and the language of it sweeps me away!

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  15. Lynne, before I even go to the link I have the beginning of a tear...because of the idea of the lunatic asylums. The ones that were prevalent in the earlier to late-mid century last. We have a huge one [that is supposedly haunted and I hope that it is] in the burbs that is now all housing-development. The asylums just were so huge hey? Big buildings; big administrations; big blockbuster movies made about them or with them in there somewhere; psychic haunted investigations going on in more recent times; photo shoots galore. It is just really something else. Okay now I'm going to your link. *smiles* Norma
    p.s. I love your drawing. Love it. I'm going to hunt for more pine cones today. Yesterday they were everywhere but I didn't have a bag to carry them. I collect them for the seeds to use in my art pieces.

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  16. lovely as always and the moss heart is amazing! yes it's walking time. going straight away to check out the link. if you can say a book touched you to the core it, well then it's a must see.

    the title reminds me of someone on tumblr that calls themselves something like epelepticpencil!

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  17. the Pencil guy broke my heart this morning. what a story he was telling with his hand made book; and what a story the video tells of our society; of art. Such vision.

    he could've lived in his cabin by the river, lived off the land.

    those eyes...

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  18. wow... what a story. The book looks amazing and your inspired drawing is wonderful. This story really really shows the importance of art. How this person found art in his life and thank goodness his work was found. Amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this Lynne..... wow....

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  19. something wonderful about scattering these thought provoking tidbits of life around that always, always brings sweetness to my day...I am always amazed at the stories surrounding the creation of art and this one is amazing. Enjoy your walk...a cup of awaits your return...if I lived close enough to brew it up for you. ;)

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  20. Lynne this is just amazing thanks so much for sharing this its a treasure indeed , pure genius and such a shame for him to spend his life this way ...love Evangeline , u have really made my day ....

    hugz bev

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  21. It is a wonderful time to take a peaceful walk! Peace, Mary Helen

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  22. !

    !!

    you have shown me something new again!

    a wonderful link!

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  23. the eyes... haunting... had heard of it and seen the pics, but the video was amazing... still trying to comprehend the whole thing..
    your mossy heart and flaming heart.... <3

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  24. Lady Eve is beautiful... she looks so peaceful.
    I am heading to the link you provided...thank you for sharing.

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  25. well i just don't know how i missed this post - again. i was out in the garden pulling weeds. i'm doing foraging too so not all weeds are pulled! love the moss heart - it you wet them will they turn green? it's been hard working outside with all the rain. now about the young miss that how fine and royal is she. such a delicate touch. i love the plait too. a dear maiden of the woods with her leaf-feather crown and her magic garden gown...she has a little of the new and old touch: the symmetry of the non-dominate hand. my mother use to braid my hair and at the end since my hair was so thin she'd braid in a ribbon to tie off the ends. ride happily in your forest my dear, "lady eve." xox ani

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  26. Lady Eve is rich and her page in your book is a treat.

    Walk on, Dear Heart !

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  27. oh, Lynn, this piece is just crazy good! wow! I watched the electric pencil video - so good, I tweeted the site! thank you! xo

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  28. Ah, this artist you speak of has a soul like that of Darger, and Adolf Wolfli...

    The asylum, along with outsider artist badge fascinates me. As once I broke into an old abandon debunked asylum and found the remain of peoples lives ... but that's another story...

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  29. Well drat... I wish I'd read this post earlier, as I was struggling to find something I wanted to use an Amazon giftcard on! There's always the future, though, I suppose...

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  30. Well drat... I wish I'd read this post earlier, as I was struggling to find something I wanted to use an Amazon giftcard on! There's always the future, though, I suppose...

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  31. the Electric Pencil ... Extraordinary! And love Ladelle! She looks quite at home. So glad the weather is cooperating this year ... similar here. Lovely warm and breezy days.
    xxoo

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