Author Archives: Carrie Prewitt

Red Riding Hood

This was the first image I created for this project.  My mother made the beautiful red silk cape for my daughter to wear.  It was a hot, buggy day and I got a bad case of poison ivy from wearing flip flops in these woods behind my parents’ house (note to self: always wear real shoes when taking pictures in the woods!).  Caroline was such a trooper and calmly did everything I asked her to do.  When I asked her if she could look “a little nervous”, this is the look she gave me. Perfect! And no, that is not a real wolf.:)

My coffee table book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire show including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson, second floor, until May 31.

Little Red Riding Hod storyLittle Red Riding Hood image, Jackson TN children's photographer

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon – Art Show Images!

Now that my art show opening has been completed, I finally get to show the final prints to the world! My coffee table book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire show including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.  If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit The Bank of Jackson, second floor, until May 31.

For my lucky blog readers, I will be blogging one print/story at a time, until all twelve have been posted.  You will get to read interesting background information on each image.

Here is the title image for the show,  “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”.  For this image, I wanted to evoke the “icicles shining in the trees like a million stars”.  Can you see them?  This is one of my favorite stories, although it is rather obscure.  I used this title for the entire show as well, since it seemed like a fitting way to encompass the whole idea of fairy tales/stories/imagination.

 

text for East of the Sun and West of the Moon image

red-haired girl in forest. Jackson, TN children's photographer

Up next on the blog – “Little Red Riding Hood”.  Come back tomorrow to see!

 

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Three Beautiful Sisters

We had a beautiful, if chilly, day for this spring photoshoot.  These girls were so sweet, and I was so happy to spend some time with them.

sisters, Jackson TNspring portrait sessiongirl with pink bow in white dressgirl with pink bow dancing, Jackson TNbaby girl smiling and clapping

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Exciting Article!

I was thrilled to open the paper this morning and find this excellent article by Jacque Hillman on my upcoming art show!

http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20120401/LIFESTYLE/304010007

I am getting ready to hang the show this week and am finalizing all the little details. You are all cordially invited!

 

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon

I am SO excited to announce my upcoming art show! The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 4-7.  You are all invited! I have worked very hard on this show for the past eight months.  I also have a book of the show complete with text which will be for sale online after the show.

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” is a re-imagining of classic children’s stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, and more.  I have always loved children’s stories and have always wanted to illustrate them. Here is a quote which appears at the beginning of my book, and which was one inspiration for this project:

“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already…. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination.  What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”  – G.K. Chesterton, 1909

These images have taken much time and effort.  For each story I illustrated, twelve in all, I chose a specific scene or quote from the story to illustrate. I had an image in my mind’s eye for how I wanted it to look, and I was trying to capture on canvas what was in my head.  I spent anywhere from 20-40 hours per picture from the time I shot each picture to completion, depending on the complexity of the final image. Each image required a model, costuming, finding interesting locations, time shooting, time editing, and then time to “paint” the image.  Each image was a labor of love.

Jackson, TN art photography show

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