Monday, May 5, 2014

Magical Journal Journeys / Month 2

Stephanie's chosen artist for her journal is Marc Chagall.
I had so much fun studying his work. He had some kind of wild mind,
and I couldn't begin to mimic his style!

So I just incorporated some of his imagery, of which there is plenty
that appear over and over in his work.

Brides and grooms. Horses. Birds. Music. Flying. Villages.
 His native village of Vitebsk appears in so many of his paintings.

As does his wife Bella. “Her silence is mine, her eyes mine.
It is as if she knows everything about my childhood,
my present, my future, as if she can see right through me.”
(from his book, My Life)

Stephanie's pages are shaped like houses!

I ended up making my pages 2-page spreads so
I sewed them together with red thread.

The cover is a collaboration among the first four artists.
My part is the flying horse with an umbrella.
I have no idea how a horse holds an umbrella.
Maybe duct tape!

Chagall was referred to as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century"
(though Chagall saw his work as 'not the dream of one people but of all humanity').
An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles
and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including
painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets,
ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. (wikipedia)

Marc Chagall died in 1985, at nearly 98 years old.


  1. Love Marc Chagall. Your work is fantastic and your art tells a story. I truly love these pages and how they will flow with the rest of the book. WOW! Pages sewn together...Now wasn't that FUN to work in? I vote YES YES YES! Your cover contribution with the horse and umbrella...Bravo!

  2. Gorgeous-ness! I can't believe these are for me!!! I love everything about them, and I adore that quote you found about his wife!
    Thank you so much!

  3. how romantic and poetic these little paintings are Maggie!
    and even better in real life...your shading and layering are
    so Chagall-like that it is eerie...only the faces give you away...
    no one can mistake the sweet Magpie faces. The quote is such
    a beauty, imagine having someone say that about you ♥
    And the cover! Reminds me of My Little Pony...and they certainly
    DO carry an umbrella! It is all so magically delicious! ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. What a wonderful mix of Chagall & Maggie!! I adore your painting style Maggie & Chagall is an artist I admire (although know little about - yet!). The fusion of you both is fantastical and imagination firing beauty. As always I'm in love with your art!!

    I've nearly finished in your journal. Many many many hours of researching, sketching then painting for your Merello journal & I'm not sure I've managed his style but it is bursting with vibrant Spain :-)!! I hope you'll like it :-) I shall be revealling it soon...
    Kat Xx

  5. I think they are very Marc Chagall - you can see his influence straight away so you did a wonderful job there. I love the childlike quality to his work - but when you did deeper you realise it is anything but. I love the wedding couple you painted - so happy.


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