Friday, 9 August 2013

Paint Party Friday and a few bits and pieces . . .

This week seems to have gotten away from me.  I've been doing a lot of nothing and nothing of a lot . . . but I did get these few things done, plus another which isn't scanned yet and another which is sketched and waiting to be painted.   That's how I roll.   It's feast or famine around here!

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First a little piece based once again on the art of Modigliani.   It is different and yet it is similar to what I already do.   I believe in this life truth.  You cannot hang onto the past.  It will drag you down like an anchor.  Best to put it all behind you and let go.  Only then can you begin to move forward . . .

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A Winter page for a project I am working on.   It says, when the bold branches bid farewell to rainbow leaves, welcome wool sweaters . . .   Not sure about my writing, but it's too late now!  It's done!

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Then Summer . . . Among the joys of summer were picnics in the park.  Again with the writing.   There will be a narrative place in the middle of each of these.

And that's what I have been up to.  What about you?

Sharing this week on Paint Party Friday.  Hop on over to The Stamping Ground to see what everyone else has been up to!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Paint Party Friday and Modigliani . . .

Time With Tascha

So, I've been taking this painting class with Tascha of Time With Tascha.   This is the third class I have taken with her and I have to tell you I have learned a lot from her with each class I have taken.  She gives us beautiful notes and does really great videos that make learning new skills easy and fun.  I highly recommend any of her classes.

So this latest class is based and inspired on the work of the artist Modigliani.  One characteristic of Modigliani is long necks and faces . . . long noses, etc.    Here is an example of his work:

It is of his wife.   I find his work fascinating and am really excited about this class.   I haven't done a canvas yet . . . but I have done a few with ink and watercolors . . .

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So this is the first one I did.  I called this Sisters.  They are, from left to right . . .  Clothilde, Bernice and Simone.   As you can see Clothilde is not very happy.  That is because Bernice gets all of the attention due to her raven locks and blue eyes.  She thinks it is hard to have dull brown hair and brown eyes.  Simone is long suffering . . . she tells Clothilde . . . "Do you not know you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?  Great beauty comes from within.  A cheerful countenance chases away the dark."

I quite liked how it turned out and then I tried to think of actual real people I could do a portrait of . . .

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Yes, this is Queen Elizabeth when she was a lot younger . . . I like to think I have managed to capture her "essence."  I quite like the Queen.  My mother and she looked a lot like each other when my mother was a young woman.  In fact the resemblance was so uncanny, that we actually thought that it was our mother's photo on our money.  (She did nothing to dissuade us from thinking that either! lol)

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Anyways . . . I was trying to think about what Elizabeth would have been thinking about when I was doing her portrait . . . I think she was thinking, "I can't wait for this portrait to be done so Phillip and I can go for some Fish and Chips.  Maybe he'll even spring for a side of mushy peas!"

So, anyways, that's what is on my project desk for this Paint Party Friday.   Do hop on over to the Stamping Ground to see what's on everyone else's!

Thanks so much for looking!!