Art Appreciation

Joyce Ballantyne began painting pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow, having been recommended by the king of pin-up artists Gil Elvgren. But unlike her friend and studio mate Elvgren, she often used herself as a model. Ballantyne painted Shaw-Barton 1955 pin-up calendar in its entirety, and that demand was so great that it was reprinted many times.

But that’s not her most indelible accomplishment – that honor falls to the iconic Coppertone suntan lotion billboard that she was commissioned to create 4 years later. She used her then-3-year-old daughter Cheri as the model for the girl whose bathing suit is being tugged at by a rascally dog.

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Art Appreciation

I met Kristina Carroll on a long-ago visit to New York City, through our mutual friends Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta.

These days I see her more often at conventions like Boston’s Arisia (where it was honor to reward her one of the show’s top prizes) and on her annual visits to Portlandia.

She loves working in real old-school (non-digital) media. Her elegant painterly works often feature the sorts of shiny rich gold that we digital painters envy.

She has been the driving force behind the marvelous Months of Love and Fear for 4 remarkable years:

http://bookofloveandfear.com/

Her work can be found on her site:

http://www.kristinacarrollart.com/

…and at Every Day Originals:

http://www.everydayoriginal.com/artistprofile/?artist=kristinacarroll

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