Victorian Greeting Cards
From Artist Lois Allen Charles
Lois Allen Charles, an artist with a love of Americana, paints original acrylic paintings on canvas and paper and created a unique line of Victorian greeting cards. The artist portrays herself as Ladyartbasket, a lady who has raised three children, thinking that the wash would never be done; you will find a figure carrying around this wash in her basket in all of her Olde City paintings.
Lois has many warm childhood memories “at the seashore” while staying in old Victorian houses vacationing with her family which has inspired her love of painting these period scenes and featuring these designs in her Victorian greeting cards. Moreover, her Olde City paintings are a combination of memories of visiting her grandparents in the city and working in Philadelphia in her youth with her study of old photographs. This interest developed into paintings that are filled with circa 1900 street life and include a depiction of Americana detailed down to the last brick and cobblestone, including everyday people, horse and buggies, and tiny street signs -- the look of years gone-by. Furthermore, the artist's love of hand-quilting has also inspired her to painted quilt designs on canvas. Other works by Lois include a series of The Heavenly Angels, The Bear Family, Children at the Beach, and Valley Forge Revolutionary -- all created in her unique folk art style. Lois' artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections.
Lois Allen Charles shares her love of the past in her line of unique Victorian greeting cards. There are eleven cards in the Victorian series, each made from original paintings with fine miniaturized detail. These exceptional handmade cards have a raised design with a blank inside and feature various scenes of Victorian houses. You will find a lady with a parasol and a Victorian gentleman on a high wheeler bicycle incorporated within some illustrations. In addition, you will discover miniature candles peaking out of lace-curtained windows, hollyhocks and foxgloves in colorful gardens, antique street lamps, British and American flags, a Victorian lady walking a dog, and a child enjoying an ice cream cone.
Lois Allen Charles' continues to feature her work in acrylics, watercolors, and pastels on paper and canvas at her website: loisch.artweb.com.