She got shuffled to the back sometime in my rush to get ready for Whimsical Women, so I'm bringing her back to the front.... so happy. Loving the blues too, although I have no idea where they came from. I think I'm at least as surprised by my art as anyone!
It's curious, what caught my eye was the shapes her arms make, and the way her hair is being held down just a little by the string of beads. After I got her up on etsy I realized that a woman with mardi gras beads, especially one adjusting the hem of her shirt, could be interpreted a number of ways....
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And then this is after I succumbed to temptation and ate half of it. You would have laughed at me, trying to tear this beauty in half without smooshing it too much, I really didn't want to damage the wonderfully fluffiness of the interior, that was my whole idea for the painting!
Ok, and the gooey chocolate inside might have played a part. But only as a visual contrast.
Can you tell that Whimsical Women is coming up soon? Had lots of fun with this one, and then it was impossible to photograph! Ugh.
So now I'm off to take the Little One to her swim lesson, and maybe get some sketching done while I'm waiting on all of that :)
Interesting story with this one! I did it a couple years ago, and someone recently contacted me, just to say how much she'd loved it when I shared it. *does happy dance* It's been hanging in my kitchen the whole time, and when I mentioned that she just had to have it, and so now my little dead birdie is off to a wonderful new home :)
And that made me want to do another one, just to see what I'll do now with the same subject. Can't wait!
Her hair was bothering me, so I went back in to fix it.... and ended up changing the entire background, and punching up the contrast in her hands, and giving her more of a glow and some more turquoise coloring :) Paintings really aren't ever "done."
Just.... hearts and hearts and hearts.
I know all us crazy artists paint our kids, and totally lurve the paintings, because of course our kids are the Most Beautiful Creatures On Earth, so obviously everyone should adore their little painted images, I mean look at her belly button is that not the most adorable thing you've ever seen, but.... I am just in love with this painting.
And when you feel like that, you're REALLY supposed to wait a few days before you show it to anyone because the in-love-ness is most likely blinding you to the painting itself, but I'm living on the edge, and sharing it anyways.
I feel like I'm getting back in the groove! I mean, it still feels like my eyeballs are stuffed with cotton, and I'm still considering amputating my nose... but better. Which is good, because Whimsical Women is coming up fast.
How on earth is it November already?
That's the thing with daily paintings, sooner or later you paint every single thing in the house. Here we have the scissors that were sitting on my table where Naomi left them, when I was casting about trying to figure out what to paint :)
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org .