Monday, April 19, 2010

Alice Does the Math for Humpty

"Alice Does the Math for Humpty" Original Watercolor on 8x10 inch medium weight hot press watercolor paper. Click on image to see enlarged

I did this painting as a sample for an illustration portfolio. It is a scene from "Through the Looking-Glass" by Lewis Carroll, in which Alice encounters Humpty Dumpty. Here is a quote from the book:

`You don't know what you're talking about!' cried Humpty Dumpty. `How many days are there in a year?'

`Three hundred and sixty-five,' said Alice.

`And how many birthdays have you?'


`And if you take one from three hundred and sixty-five what remains?'

`Three hundred and sixty-four, of course.'

Humpty Dumpty looked doubtful. `I'd rather see that done on paper,' he said.

There are a lot of fun little things in the painting: a dragonfly, a rabbit, also Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee in the background. The column on Humpty's wall has a relief sculpture of the Cheshire Cat.

Available on eBay!


Ralph said...

Oh to have the patience to produce such detailed work. The more I see such work the more I think about giving watercolour another try. Thank you. I notice you are following my blog thanks for that also I look forward to seeing more of you great work.

Carol Blackburn said...

I agree with Ralph, you must have great patience to accomplish this wonderful piece. Always love coming by your blog. Enjoy your day.

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Ralph and Carol for your comments!

Lanie said...

It's a fantastic piece of work. Lots and lots and lots to enjoy and look at for a long time.