- Aug 4, 2001Good afternoon folks. I spent 2 1/2 hours on
Friday reading the archived posts. Well actually
I managed to read perhaps thirty messages which
had intriguing headers.
The previous night I spent a couple of hours enjoying
Cadia and Keith's websites. Whew!! A lot of reading,
but oooooh that delicious Blanding art.
I must say you are all doing very well with the research.
It is quite clear that this whole process of team-detective
work, via the Internet, is going to create a whole new
following and appreciation for Blanding's work.
I really can't say why the work attracts me. It just does.
As I kid I was a big fan of Virgil Finlay, the Science Fiction
illustrator. I still am. His technique for putting black ink
on the panel is different than Blanding's, but it strikes the
same chord with me.
The first book I picked up was MEMORY ROOM, but I believe
D.B. was already known to me through my research. I would have
to back paddle through the reearch to find when, but I think
it relates to bio-files for people in the Carmel / Oceano area.
I have a few questions, if I might. Anyone who cares to comment
would be welcome.
-Did D.B. ever explain clearly why he suddenly abandoned his
friendship network and professional contacts, to travel half
way around the world to the islands? What was the primary
Most of his work is illustration - books and commercial design.
What percentage of his work was for the gallery? There are
pastel portraits. He did wall panels. Has anyone made a catalog
of the full range of his work? What are the highest prices
realized to date? I'm not being mercenary here - but this is
a "collector" mailgroup?
Cheers. Ron in British Columbia
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