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Chicago Artist Is Drawing Another Impressionist Masterpiece On An Etch A Sketch

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 10, 2017 9:40PM

Courtesy of Jane Labowitch

It’s a poor craftsman that blames his tools, and in a somewhat similar vein, at least one Chicago artist proves you craft dazzling work using even the most insanely unlikely and impossibly cumbersome medium.

Artist Jane Labowitch (aka Princess Etch A Sketch) is at work on her second Etch A Sketch interpretation of a famous Impressionist masterwork housed at the Art Institute of Chicago. After first hitting our radar last year with an amazing, toy-drawn version of Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Labowitch is now turning her plastic, etching knobs on Gustave Caillebotte’s most famous painting, Paris Street; Rainy Day.

Labowitch, a Logan Square-based artist who lives the dream by doing Etch A Sketch work full time, started work on Caillebotte on Wednesday and—after taking a brief break—plans to return to the museum later this month. She told Chicagoist she hopes to have it completed by the end of February.

Labowitch got started with her chosen medium when she was around four years old, spending hours at a time with the classic (and notoriously unforgiving of mistakes) toy. She kept logging time during high school and, after college, she took the improbable step of making Etch A Sketch art a career.

You can follow Labowitch’s progress on Caillebotte on her Instagram here. And you browse and shop her Etsy page here, which has inexpensive lustre prints of her drawings and, if you’re really taken, original, one-of-a-kind works on the Etch A Sketches themselves.

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