I'm back in my art journal today. I recently read an article in the New York Times about this very interesting designer (now 93). Iris is an "over the top" designer/fashion icon. She is all about color if you've ever seen her NYC apartment featured in a magazine. The jewelry alone that she wears must add 10 pounds to her weight. So this was another exercise in my journal where I take a photo and glue it in the book and then do my interpretation on the opposite page....
The hardest part for me is always trying to do the eyes.
This is how she looked earlier in the process....
And here you have a close-up. She's quite the character and I hope she wouldn't be offended by my interpretation of her. Her face is such a caricature that I'm sure she's been done by many artists. She was definitely a fun face to do.
I've been working on this canvas for a couple of weeks now. Had to paint it in my kitchen because I don't have an easel so I painted it leaning against shelves in a hutch that I have there. I kept making trips back and forth from my art room to the kitchen....so ultimately, my kitchen was covered with paints and art stuff....you know how that goes. This is one of those paintings where you could keep adding a little something here and a little something there....as a matter of fact, I came back from church this morning and I'm still dressed for church....I didn't even want to take the time to change into some "paint" clothes. So far as I can tell, I haven't got paint on my skirt!
I'm going to show you a little bit of the progress of this painting...
I knew from the get-go that I wanted a checkerboard pattern in the painting. I also knew that I wanted to have a female figure. That is all I knew when I started to create this. I drew the floor, sketched a female figure on another piece of paper and traced it onto the canvas and added a simple table. I hadn't intended, originally, for the girl to be painting the wall...I was going to have the figure standing in front of the wall looking out.
I made up the flowers and I have a school of fish on the bottom. After I had collaged the clothing onto the figure, the flowers are what I worked on next....just punches of color in lots of shapes.
A close-up of "the painter" as she works on her flower. At one point, I had thought to put myself in as the painter, but in looking at the colors I was working with....I opted to give her red hair (not me!) to add more color. However, I am a lefty, so I guess in my mind....there is a part of me here. More detail.....
She has a little bird to keep her company as she paints. The bird is probably thinking that the caterpiller might be a nice treat. I added 3 to the painting and one is crawling on the floor. I also added a couple of lady bugs. Doing this painting for me was like reading a good book....something I don't want to put down and in some ways, you don't want it to end....because now I have to think of my next idea. I'm enjoying my Mother's Day. Mom's put their families first for most of their lives, but I have to say, today is all about me (I have an empty nest)....having the time to do what I love to do.
"The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don't dwell on what has passed away or what has yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in...."
I Love This Piece
Up to her neck in snow....
This is someone's son
There's No Room to Work!
Dog Days of Summer
Red, White & Blue Breakfast
A Book I Couldn't Put Down
....in Yesterday's News
Lynne Perrella's Workshop
Workshop I'm Taking
Fun Learning New Things
Teach your children
We all have a responsibility
Daily Painters Abstract Gallery 2
A New Year - Life is a Verb
Brett & Courtney
New Year's Eve
Next Blue Moon on New Year's Eve...2028
If you buy no other music this holiday season
This is wonderful
A Message from Dove Chocolate
"Keep moving forward; don't look back"
Stars At Night
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." -- Charles Beard
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others....cannot keep it from themselves."
Snapple Real Fact #102
A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories ...fitness tip of the day!
What Time Is It?
Red, White & Blue
Cute Factor is a #10
Ink Sketch of Boomer
Cadbury Mini Eggs
" A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a Song".... Maya Angelou
Tom's April Postcard
Listen to your heart's song
May the road rise up to meet you...
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Cutie Pie Pup
Tree in Winter
Tom's January Postcard
The Hand of History
Election Day 2009
Dianne's Birthday Card
The Purrrrfect card for her
Bill, Dianne, Me, Karen
Tom's December Postcard
Tom's November Postcard
Tom's October Postcard
B.C. Awareness Month
My Left Hand
My Left Hand Creates the Art
My Right Hand
The Daily Puppy
Staff Sergeant Tom
Mr. Shea's Classroom
Our Flag Supporting US
The Gardening Shed
The Youngest c.1965
Jr. H.S. Hunk!
Sisters (me in the middle)
My Son, Tom
College Student, Adventurer, Great Individual, Wonderful Son
"Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life." ---Jon Kabat-Zinn
First cup of coffee, the smell of a newly mowed lawn, the quiet of the morning, smell of freshly polished wood, hearing my son's tires as he pulls into the driveway, freshly laundered sheets, a chick flick, freshly popped popcorn, a good laugh, the first fire in the fireplace in autumn, the smell of new art supplies, hot shower on a cold day, the way new love feels, a good report from the dentist, a tax refund (what's that?), good Italian food, a bra that fits, anything that makes my son happy, when the bathroom scale goes...down, an old love, breakfast on my deck, music, shoes that fit AND look good, my faith, home improvements, time spent with any of my siblings, stars, homemade soup, a rainy day, special friends, CHOCOLATE, breast cancer survivors, smell of my suitcase after a beach vacation, a good book, freshly painted toenails, no traffic, decorating the Christmas tree, good deeds, the beauty of freshly fallen snow, jeans that fit....
The First Page of the Journey -2008
Everyone Is A House
"Everyone is a house with four rooms: a Physical, a Mental, an Emotional and a Spiritual. Most of us live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."
"Simply Blue" is the title of my blue art journal...my first journal. It started out as my summer- vacation -at -the- beach -fun- art -project but it became so much more. I "journaled" a page full of "blue" ideas and then chose the ones I wanted to illustrate....the "blues", feelin' blue, blue jeans, red, white & blue and on and on. I love the color blue! If you're having trouble getting started on your journal...choosing a "color theme" is a good place to start. You'd be amazed at all of the ideas you can come up with....yellow submarine, yellow banana, topaz yellow....etc., etc. Notice I didn't use red....I already have a whole list of "red" things I want to journal about!