"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Flowering Quince

                I usually have a subject in mind when I paint, but this time I started with a color palette idea and went from there.  My daughter and I were out shopping one day when I saw this beautiful scarf in a little different color scheme.  I was so inspired by it!  For the next week or so I kept thinking about the colors in that scarf.  Even though I loved the scarf I had been showing some restraint that day and didn't buy it - so I kept just running the ideas in my head.  But alas, restraint-shmaint, I went back and bought the scarf so I could use the color idea and get to wear the new scarf!  I just loved the combination of that teal blue and orange along with the hint of those sap green leaves (double click on the painting and you will be able to see more detail).
  I wasn't sure at first what flower I would actually paint, but I knew that I wanted  flowering branches in a large crock, mostly because I wanted the white of the crock to offset the dramatic teal color so it wouldn't over power.  I did a lot of research until I discovered a flower I was not really familiar with - the flowering quince.  After the research and the painting, this is now on my list of must-gets for the spring planting.
   This is a larger painting (35x35) done in oil.  Please contact me by email if you are interested in purchasing this painting or speaking to me about doing a project done to your specifications.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cameo Head Study IV

    I snuck in one more of the cameo style head studies, before I plunge into a couple of bigger projects that will take up quite a bit more time.  This one was inspired by a vintage photo I stumbled across of a twenties or thirties era actress (not sure who the actress was, no one that I recognized).  What  I loved about the photo that inspired me was that her hair was tied up in a fancy scarf, with just the little jet black wave curls sticking out.  I chose to change it into more of a head band style scarf with no designs, just a bold royal blue against her dark hair.  I wanted very strong features - a strong nose, chin and jaw, to give it more drama.
   Although is did the painting after finding inspiration in the photo, I wasn't painting the woman in the photo per say.  I just wanted to do a woman with dark hair.  The funny thing was, about half way through the painting I got to looking at it and realized that, unintentionally, the woman I was painting had taken on quite a few features of an actual woman I know.  I asked my daughter who she thought the painting looked like - and right away she named our friend.  It's funny how we pull inspiration from different places without even realizing it.
   Next week I should be at a good point in my other current project (the one that was giving me so much grief the last few weeks!), to give you a peek.  Until then....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cameo Head Study III - Funk

            Here is a glimpse of my latest head study.   Once again, I am going for the idea of the classic cameo (as in the old fashioned broaches), with some modern twists.  Every one in my family who saw this being painted immediately commented with something along the lines of "wow! Big hair...".  You betcha it is - and I love it.  If I had not been born quite as pale as I am - this would have been my hair.  I love to see a woman of color with a big funky fro announcing her confident outlook on the world.  I think it amazingly fun and beautiful all at the same time.
    Okay, I have had a few people ask me if I am no longer painting flowers - the answer, of course, is never!  I am actually in the middle of working on a bigger project that I am currently a little stumped on.  The background is giving me some grief, leaving me with not much to show anyone.  I feel like I am, however, on the verge of a breakthrough (ha!).  So I will keep you all posted when I have a little more to show.  Until then, I continue to have fun doing these modern cameos...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cameo Head Studies Part II

              So I told you all in my last post how I recently re-discovered the beauty of cameo style broaches with the lovely profile of classic women of old.  It is funny to discover what oddities can inspire you.
             Ever since, I have been playing around with small head studies - in particular profile views of women, with those cameos in mind.  However, I wanted to put more of a modern twist on it.  I liked the idea of throwing some color into the mix, with lots of loose brush strokes - all of these elements put together making  cameo head study number two...


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