Those who know me, know that I love the academic painter, William Bouguereau. I recently had the opportunity to purchase a letter, written and signed by Bouguereau. I wanted to share this letter and its translation because it might be interesting to other people also. I'm so grateful to my friend, Mr. Arnaud Courgey for his beautiful translation. Please see below for the translation.
I also learned that the black border on the paper means that Bouguereau was in mourning. I did some research and found out that in 1880, his grandson, Willie, was born which was a joyous time for Bouguereau, but before that, Bouguereau experienced much grief from family deaths.
My interpretation of the letter is that an artist wrote to Bouguereau to ask about why they weren't selected for a salon exhibit or other show and Bouguereau wrote back to explain the jury's selection. I like this letter because it shows Bouguereau's compassion by the fact that he took the time to write to this artist. I hope any fellow Bouguereau fans enjoy this letter and will share the information!
Starting out the new year on a high note!
"We submitted Little Karl back in November for a review through Reader’s Favorite, a fairly well-known free book review service. The reviewer gave the book five stars, which adds it to a list of five-star books on their site, including adding their five-star seal to the e-book version’s cover. We will soon be updating the Amazon Kindle version to reflect the seal and adding a snippet of the review to the description." - Michelkin Publishing
Read the review HERE
I'm testing out how I want this story to look. For the final work, I'm going to scan all the images and add text on the computer. I know I said I want it to be entirely by hand, but I want the text to look professional and have sort of a Nausicaä Vibe. All of the inking and coloring will be by hand.
I was also looking through Little Karl last night and realized how proud I am of that story. The whole project was a lot of work, but now I know that I have the stamina to produce a fully finished story.
In many ways, I feel that writing and illustrating poetic stories is the next frontier for me. I'm so inspired by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki and I want to illustrate my own worlds like he does.