— “D is for Dolly” —
Another in the ABC MUSIC series, Dolly Parton.
In the Details:
•Digital Painting, Yes, this is hand drawn, via an ipad!
•Painting and Text by illustrator Deanna Meyer, of Grease and Grace.
•True vintage fonts used whenever possible.
• 11×14″• Archival quality ink on 100% cotton rag, non-reflective paper for long lasting fade resistance
**Look for the details, especially in the flowers! I chose these flowers based on a few of Dolly’s songs “The Aster and the Dahlia, and the Wild Geranium…”
— Early Morning Breeze, Dolly Parton
*Due to differences in monitors or screens, colors may vary in printed form slightly.
— PRINT ONLY, no mat —
Packaged with backing board and protective plastic sleeve.
Sight and Sound
I find music integral to painting. It gets me in the right zone. As a stay at home, work at home mom, I have to create moments to zone out and music really helps.
Recently I have begun making playlists while I am working.
➡️? The accompanying music playlist for this illustration is on Spotify: My handle is “Deanna Dammit” – the playlist is called “Drawing Dolly Parton.” The icon is this portrait art.
You’ll also find playlists from creating some of my other pieces of art.
Telling a Story
Since my toddling days I heard Dolly’s music playing at my paternal grandmother’s home. She especially loves the Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner albums.
I’ve always admired Dolly’s work ethic and charitability. During this pandemic I have come to admire her even more and I got “the Dolly shot”, Moderna. Thanks Dolly!
This piece is a little homage to an amazing human. Here’s some of the detail:
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hello, I’m Deanna. Creating little worlds is all I want to do.
I spend my days in my illustration studio, surrounded by herbs and antique curiosities, in rural Pennsylvania. I enjoy many interesting adventures with my husband, daughter, and Shmoop, the “Office Cat.”
Since I was a young child, I’ve been creating. Some of my earliest memories are of drawing historic clothing, making fairy tale paper dolls, and designing my own “book covers.”
The work I make is influenced heavily by my affinity for historic eras: Color palettes, patterns, textures, architecture, typography – the list goes on. From Medieval to Mid-Century, I love it all.
My preferred method of working is to begin with a traditional sketch in pencil on paper, and then to colorize the image digitally. It’s a two-step process that allows for flexibility and speed, without sacrificing quality. I’m also quite adept at drawing and painting in miniature.
If you don’t want to miss anything, follow IG: #deannameyer for illustration and vintage musings. I’m an artist, herbalist, and mother with Multiple Sclerosis & Endometriosis.
I’m also an official artist of the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project.