Queen of the Bees

My Illustration II class got the opportunity to go see "A Circus Family: Picasso to Leger" at the BMA before spring break.  The exhibit was worth every dollar--I have always taken an interest in Picasso's paintings and studies of circus people, and it was amazing to see some Toulouse-Lautrec prints in living color.  I wasted no time filling my sketchbook with studies of the posters--their strong compositions and energetic layouts will be sure to inspire me in future Illustration assignments.  For our "circus portrait" project in Illustration II, we were to depict a well-known celebrity as a circus performer (acrobat, lion tamer, ringmaster, etc) that somehow related to their image or persona in the real world.  I was inspired by Amy Winehouse's towering hairdo, and so she became a circus freak known as "Queen of the Bees."  (it was between her and Mary-Kate Olsen as the Incredible Shrinking Woman) As always, click for a larger view!


Gordon said...

Hi Jacqueline: Cool stuff. Do you plan to display or sell any of your stuff back here in Dexter? Our art scene is on the way up!

Jacqueline McNally said...

hi Gordon! I am definitely going to try and display some work locally when I get back in May! I showed some small watercolors of local landscapes (farms, Huron River, etc) at Foggy Bottom Coffeehouse this past fall. It's exciting to hear the art scene in Dexter is picking up--I hope it continues to thrive!