Thursday, January 10, 2013

long ago and far away, it seems

I received an email thanking me for this painting. It was for Book of the Month Club magazine, painted before the internet era, an epic drama set in South Africa, 'The Power of One', which went on to be a mega hit.The publisher liked the BOMC cover art so much that they co-opted it for the hard cover version of the book. Boy was I happy about that! My parents are modeling, the white suit and blue dress, and my next door neighbor Zach, posed for the boy. My dad is gone and my mom just turned 80, and still models when I need someone of a 'certain age'. The owner of the painting received it from BOMC as recognition for managing the hit that they had on their hands. Nice. All that research! Western Costume shipping vintage everything. Trains, goats, train stations, that was such a gas. Just my strong cup of tea.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ray Bonilla said...

Love that piece! And that was done in the days without "Undo" buttons .I was just looking at that piece in an older Society of Illustrators Annual (30 or 32) . How high was the stack of reference you generated for that thing ?!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

let's say trips to the train museum, huge boxes of costumes, hundreds of photos and a big pile of books. thanks, Ray, for your kind words.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lindgren & Smith said...

one of my most favorite ever!!!
Brilliant !!!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Chuck Pyle said...

yes, mine too.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear prof. Pyle,
I am a artist in China and I am quite interested in your art.
You can find my art in the following link http://chinochiu.deviantart.com/gallery/

Unfortunately I cannot find your email address.
Is that possible you write back to me? chiuchinbtk@gmail.com

1:47 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

Altogether wonderful, dynamic piece of art! needs to be included in 'Drawing from Imagination'
Saw image of you officiating wedding in AAU paper and said, I know that man's face from our class media! Looked like all round fun, nervousness not noticeable.

6:49 AM  

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