when i was a little girl, i would get lost in my mom's humongous art history book. often times i would find myself at the hieronymous bosch images. i would spend hours looking and pretending i was in the paintings running w/ the plum headed naked peeps. ha! well, what do you want, i was an inner city latch key kid...my imagination was my bff.
i think, perhaps that is why i absolutely love allison sommers' work. i get lost looking at all the little details and story lines of her wonderfully, intricate gouache paintings. take a look at her latest painting above. there so much to look at and apply meaning and wonder to. just look at that little guy. i just want to hug him and help him grab those berries.
allison tells a bit about the painting on her blog:
"streeetch for that berry, buddy...so, the rats are back once again in my paintings, this time providing moral support for difficult times. (puberty all alone in the woods is, after all, a most difficult time). i've heard it [sic] tell that the aukle birds nearby provide very little support and only clean crumbs off his face if he's very, very still."