Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Vintage Postcards Turned Into Canvases For Flora and Fauna Paintings

Chicago based Illustrator Diana Sudyka turned vintage envelopes into canvases for her beautiful watercolor and gouache paintings. How the artist got these envelopes into her possession makes these paintings unique. About 27 years ago when the artist was studying at the University of Illinois, she had found these envelopes in trash. The letters between correspondents revealed the envelopes dated between 1939 to 1942. 

The stamps, hand-writing in ink and the colors of the envelopes guide the artist to paint her subject matters. The paintings on the envelopes feature flora and fauna of native Midwestern and Northeastern North America. Diana has painted barn owl, blue spotted salamander, winter wren, sandhill crane and flying squirrel to name a few. You can find prints of the vintage envelope paintings here and here.