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May 19, 2007 12:56 PM   Subscribe

I remember Bev Doolittle! I used to work in an art gallery that sold her stuff. It's funny too, because prior to her painting Pintos she was known as a horse artist not a camouflage artist.

She basically created that style of artwork and a lot of people copied her over the next few years.

There were plenty of artists that used the idea of hiding an image in another image prior to Doolittle, but she made it mainstream by using animals in pastoral settings. Most of the people doing camouflage art today are doing it because of her work.
posted by quin at 1:06 PM on May 19, 2007

And because I hadn't seen her work in a while, I dug around and found a whole bunch more Doolittle pictures.
posted by quin at 1:17 PM on May 19, 2007

When I was a kid I really liked Doolittle's prints. Please tell me she's not a schlock artist like that painter of light fellow. Please?
posted by Richard Daly at 1:33 PM on May 19, 2007

After reviewing her work, I have decided that I still like her. It's quite a relief.
posted by Richard Daly at 1:37 PM on May 19, 2007

Yes, dear Richard_Daly, sorry to inform you, Bev Doolittle's work is sold by the same folks who sell unnngg Thomas Kincaid's kitsch. But her work is still likeable. The fact is that it's not really known if that painting, - if it is painted and not photoshopped- "Great giants sleep in Birmanian [sic] lake" in the Bev Doolittle link is actually her work...nobody knows for sure, on the web, yet.

But what about the other links there? *waggy tail*
posted by nickyskye at 1:51 PM on May 19, 2007

I don't know why people don't put more drawings on buildings. Those were so cool. The kirigami was dope, too. Cool website, thanks.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:57 PM on May 19, 2007

Bev Doolittle was one of the pioneers, if not the pioneer, of the limited edition print that was limited only to the number they could produce and sell in a certain length of time. Many of her prints were issued in editions of tens of thousands. 25k, 40k, 48k, 65k . . . it's perfectly fine representational art, but realize that her and artists like her (are you listening, Tom Kinkade?) are the reason the bottom fell out of the print market.

Seriously, though - who doesn't like Highlights for Children?
posted by Nabubrush at 7:41 PM on May 19, 2007

Very cool. Thanks!
posted by Many bubbles at 8:29 PM on May 19, 2007

I especially liked the anamorphic art and the trompe l'oeil. Cool stuff.

The foolish fun inventions reminded me a lot of chindogu!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:18 PM on May 19, 2007

oh, loved that chindogu info and post, thanks hurdy gurdy girl. Something very fun about silly inventions. Although I thought some of the fun foolish ones were actually practical, especially the cornet ice cream dripstop and the recycled swimming google bus window leaner.
posted by nickyskye at 9:17 AM on May 20, 2007

*swimming goggle bus window leaner
posted by nickyskye at 2:40 PM on May 20, 2007

It's funny that you mentioned the swimming goggle bus sleeper! That is exactly what reminded me of the chindogu.

And I do think the ice cream drip stopper is very useful, too! I guess it's not exactly chindogu, then...
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:15 PM on May 20, 2007

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