I'm having a brief foray back into blogging from my 'summer break' today for two reasons -
1. The weather is absolutely awful and
2. I was thrilled this week to finally complete a collection of Zodiac illustrations that I previously owned and loved as a child. (I have been searching for these for years!) Mervyn Suart's sumptuous paintings have such a magical quality - I've always found them very special. My collection is now complete thanks to Debbie at debsj267 . Her eBay shop is well worth a visit as it also has some very tempting cross stitch pattern magazines and Debbie herself is a lovely person - very helpful and friendly..
When I was a young girl I thought Europa in the scene above was the most beautiful and glamorous princess I had ever seen. Looking at this picture again for the first time in 40 years I'm thrilled to find it is just as lovely as my memory of it.
I do have to apologize though for having to show each image in two halves. My little scanner only takes A4 size documents and all of these are considerably larger. Besides having to cut them in two I also had to lose some of the top or bottom of each picture. Unfortunately some of the nicer detail as in the picture above is therefore affected. I hope despite this that you enjoy what I have been able to put together.
I have included a post on Mervyn Suart before (back in February last year.) In it I also mentioned that the Look and Learn website has some of these images. The direct link to the art of Mervyn Suart includes 9 of the Zodiac paintings.
From my own collection the 12 signs of the Zodiac follow:
I see Blogger have been messing around again with everything and my 'Followers' gadget is no longer working. It is fine in preview but not in the published version. I'm hoping its a temporary problem and that they will sort it out soon. If anyone has experienced the same thing and figured out a way to fix it please let me know as I am stumped!