-Lukretia Wilhelmina van Merken, in honour of Rachel Ruysch’s oeuvre (1750)
On this International Women’s Day, I’d like to highlight some of my greatest heroes and inspirations: the women whose fantastic works shaped the Dutch Golden Age. The harmful and disrespectful notion that women artists didn’t exist in history (and if they did, they were never successful) persists to this day. I want to stress, desperately, that this is not so. Women’s labour throughout the ages has been tragically undervalued, and women’s art has been systematically pushed aside and labelled as “kitsch” and “craft” by those who would have women make nothing else.
Margareta de Heer, Clara Peeters, Rachel Ruysch and Maria van Oosterwijck were each very achieved artists, and their work was heavily sought after in their time. With the limitations set upon them by society - still life was the only form of painting a (wealthy) woman could do at the time - they built great careers and lasting legacies. Their love of the natural world shows in the beautiful, detailed way they depict it in their work, and if ever you are blessed with the opportunity to see any of it in real life, I strongly suggest you do so. They are the giants whose shoulders we stand on, and must never be forgotten.
Hey famsquad, meet the ladies of Heroes International! I did these over a year ago now, and issue 3 of this series is just about ready for print! problem is, it needs funding to make that happen!!
All of Freestyle Komics’ series are currently up for funding on kickstarter, and there’s only a few hours left for us to r4ach our goal!! Even though it only specifically talks about HotShot, this kickstarter will make sure that all the artists (like me!) across all the series Freestyle is currently making get paid, and that the next issues can be printed!
31 followers! (When the heck did this happen pls tell me)
TYSM for following me, you beautiful pineapples and pomegranates! ILY all for following me! I had no idea this happened, and I’m so glad I’m no longer a small blog with one of my IRL friends following me!
Now for the fun stuff! I’m hosting my second art raffle! More people should be able to enter because it’s not 11 o clock at night!
To Enter: You must be following me. I will check, so don’t try to sneak in!
For chances to Win: Reblog this post with the words “I’m one of @breadstick-truthseeker‘s pomegranates!” in the post. Not in the tags.(You don’t need anything there, but you can do whatever you want there idc)
You can also like the post, but that won’t give you an entry.
Now for the Prizes!
First Place: Full-color image, shaded (limit of two characters)
Second Place: Full-color image, not shaded (limit of two characters)
Third Place: Half-body Image, full-color (limit of one character)