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Sunday, June 25, 2006 9:04 pm

Victoria’s Rainbow Row

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 9:04 pm

Victoria's Rainbow Row

Source: Original artwork by Victoria (detail)
Media: Crayola crayons, pastels and watercolors on 100% postconsumer recycled newsprint
Date: June 2006

Victoria recently brought home a piece of artwork that was so striking that Ann and I had it framed. It's huge by her standards — 24 inches wide and 10 inches high. What you see here is a detail, perhaps 10 inches wide and 7 high, inasmuch as I couldn't scan the whole thing if I tried. Of course, by the time I thought of scanning it, we'd alread gotten it framed, as you can see from the gray-blue matte at the bottom, and the glass washes a lot of the color out — this scanned image simply doesn't do justice to the vividness of the colors Victoria used.

She didn't have anything in particular in mind when she created it other than depicting a town with homes, offices and shops. (She drew the four of us, along with some friends, elsewhere in the picture.) But what made it particularly striking to me was its similarity to a color print I found and bought for Mom decades ago that depicted the homes of Charleston's Rainbow Row. The print was created from a perspective you can't achieve in real life — as if directly in front of the homes, but far enough back so that its perspective contained a good number of homes in a row, like eight or 10. In real life, you'd back up across the street and bump into other houses before you could get the same perspective. I've searched the Internet for a copy of that print and have come up dry. I'm linking here to another print of Rainbow Row that, while from a more lifelike perspective looking down the street, most closely matches the style and color patterns in Mom's print.

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