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Julien A O'Meara
Mother of Beauty
Un-numbered prints available; original not for sale. Hand painted prints are also available by request. Contact the artist for more information.
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Mother of Beauty  
Date:   1999
Media:   Pen and Ink
Surface:   Smooth Bristol Board
Original Size:   9 x 12 inches
Orientation:   Portrait

This was an illustration I did for the story "Lipgloss of the Damned by Steven Steele*" (*An imagined collaboration between Danielle Steele and Steven King written by Liz Milner) for the Winter 1999 publication of The Rejected Quarterly. This is a magazine that is set up to catch good stories and fine literature that has been rejected at least five times by literary magazines. This magazine proves that the reasons for rejection are sometimes very absurd, and even contradictory over the same piece of work, and that being rejected often has little to do with the quality of a work, but more to do with its audience.

This publication does not accept any written work that is not sent along with copies of at least five rejection notices, but fortunately, it does accept art that has not been rejected.

All of the work I did for this magazine was by their request, but I thought it was a great concept for a magazine. I did the cover for that issue, another black and white line drawing, this one of a goblin-like creature holding a mangled bouquet of flowers and a heart shaped box of chocolates in his clawed hands. He was wearing a tux and tie over a pair of pants held up with a rope. He looked hopeful, but you knew... he was just going to be rejected.