Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Eyes of June Revisited and a Long Overdue Shop Update.

I do hope you have time for a little story, as I am in the mood to tell one...

But first, let me refer you here to this post from September about a beautiful girl named June...



~~~June was born in Norfolk Virginia on November 12, 1913 and passed away in California on November 28, 1989. She was the first born in a family of 5 children. From the very beginning, June was stunningly beautiful. Her eyes were sultry and sexy and she had a natural way with the camera...


Her mother, Louella, was very aware of her daughter's unusual beauty. So, when June was a teen-ager, the family packed their belongings and headed to California. To Hollywood of course...



While Louella focused on June's Hollywood career, she decided to introduce two of her son's, Tommy and Sonny, to Hollywood as well. As time passed, June realized that Hollywood simply wasn't for her. I believe she was offended by "the casting couch". June left the acting business for marriage and had 2 sons of her own.

However, June's brothers went on to have fabulous careers in Hollywood as "child actors" in the 1930s and 1940s. They were in countless Westerns, and a few episodes of "The Three Stooges" and an "Our Gang" episode as well. At one point in time, one of June's brothers was considered the highest paid child actor in Hollywood.~~~

Now, when I originally acquired these gorgeous photos of June, I had no idea who she was, only that I was drawn to her. I knew that I needed to use her images in my art. However, after "googling" her, I found that she has a newphew who is actively collecting information about his father's career in early Hollywood. Through this research, I have been able to send scans of these beautiful photos back to June's family. June's sons are still alive and had not seen any of these photos before. They truly have no idea how they ever fell out of the hands of family.

I am honored to help the family in their research and to share "The Eyes of June".

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As promised, A Shop Update:

I have been a very busy girl lately. Having put my vintage photo shop on a short vacation, I have had nice blocks of time to focus on art. What you see here is the beginning of a long relationship I will have with June, in my studio:

June with Baby Sister vintage photo...



June with Baby Sister ACEO collage/watercolor...



June Playing Violin vintage photo...



June Playing Violin ACEO collage/watercolor...



June On a Windy Day vintage photo...



June On a Windy Day ACEO collage/watercolor...



And ~

I have two works in progress...





One is an ACEO depicting June with her mother Louella...



and the other is a 5" x 7" of June with her violin.

I am hoping to have these finished in time for my shop update.

I will be listing these new prints in my Etsy shop, Gerushia's New World, on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard time.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about June and her family. Thanks, as well, for having a look at my new pieces. It has been a long time since I've had the heart to "create" and I am enjoying every minute of it.

Kim
Gerushia's New World

8 comments:

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

What a great story! I think it is so cool to find out something of the treasures I find, especially the photos. The artwork that she has inspired is awesome as well! ~ Theresa

Marie said...

Wow, I am so intrigued with the background informationyou have been able to come up with on the lovely lady in these pictures! I find geneology so very fascinating. I love what you have done with them as well! How very beautiful Kim! I love all your work though, as you know!!

Amy. said...

I looked at your June photos in your Etsy soooooo many times it isn't even funny. She is so mezmorizing (did I spell that right?). I adore your new projects. The story of June is just like s story book. I think it is absolutely wonderful that you made contact with her family! As a genealogist I can appreciate something as special as your efforts. Way to go. Good luck with the new art!
Amy

Lyn Newhouse said...

Nice story and beautiful collages! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Oh I'm so excited about your June story's unfolding. Wonderful! I love the new pieces too.

Carol Anne Strange said...

Thanks, Kim, for sharing such a wonderful story and your creations are fabulous. So glad that you can help June's family reconnect with their past. Life is full of magic moments like this. It's wonderful to be sharing the journey with you and others of likemind and creative spirit. Your blog is a joy - as are you! Wishing you the wonders of the season and a healthy mix of love and light. xx

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Glad you're back to creating again. I so enjoy visiting your blog--your stories and artwork. Hope you don't get so into Facebook that you stop posting.

Margaret Meyer said...

I love seeing other artists' "process" photos. Lovely work.