Tuesday, February 20, 2018

C is for ...

"C is for ....." 
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Next in the "letter" series is the letter "C" - a bright yellow C adorned with Cauliflower, Currants, Chestnuts, Cucumbers, Carrots, Cherries, Coconuts, Corn & Cayenne! The 2 images show both the Front and Back of the letter. 

These letters are 12 inches tall, approx 8 inches wide & have a depth of 3-1/2 inches. They are canvas wrapped to styrofoam - making them very lightweight. They have a loop at the top so they can be hung, but are stable enough to sit on any shelf or flat surface. 

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The next in the series will be the letter "D" - and that is the first letter where I will stray from the Fruits & Vegetables theme (there just isn't enough D items!). But I do have an idea that I am working with in an initial sketch stage - hope it works out because I think it will be a terrific piece when done!

Also working on some more MMP (Mini Master Pieces) as well as a few Inspirational pieces. Love being busy!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MMP Series #4 - Mona's Hands

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I am reposting my original post about Mona's Hands. Having just re-read this and it still holds true today. I always liked this piece and may do another painting similar.

For MMP #4, the artist, this time, is Leonardo Da Vinci. The subject - the Mona Lisa. I dared not attempt to do the Mona Lisa in full! But her hands, that I thought I would challenge myself with.

Firstly, I have to say, Leonardo was the king of "lost edges." I have painted with them before, but never like this! Soft edges everywhere, nothing hard except for a few distinct lines between the hands & in the clothing. This took a bit of getting use to - I am use to definitive, hard edges.

Secondly, his color palette! I know that he mixed his own colors (and probably quite toxic in his day), but the dark, rich earth colors were a bit of a challenge to create. 

While working on this, I did a bit of research into the Mona Lisa painting and found some historians who wrote that the original colors for this painting were quite vibrant. Here are a few links if you're interested in reaching further:



Sunday, February 11, 2018

MMP Series #3 - Picasso's Jacqueline

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We now visit Pablo Picasso. This mini-master piece is from his painting: Jacqueline with Flowers - as seen below.

Of all his work, this one struck me the most. Might be because of the blue background, but there is just something about the head, face & neck. Oh, that neck! On my MMP, it continues on the bottom!

A bit about Picasso & Jacqueline -- she was his second wife. They met when she was 27 & he was 72. They married years after that meeting & she became his most often painted female. Picasso died in 1973 (I remember the day). Jacqueline, sadly, killed herself in 1986.

Friday, February 9, 2018

B is for ....

"B is for ....." 
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This is the second in the "letter" series - of course, the letter B! And "B" is for: Broccoli, Bananas, Blueberries, Blackberries, Beets ... and a few Butterflies as well. The back is done as well, although the letter does appear backwards. I may rethink how I handle the backs on some of these letters for any future ones. 



This particular piece went through 3 different color backgrounds! I started with a very light yellow - then as I started to add the elements, I noticed that they just didn't show very well. So I decided to repaint the background - not an easy task when you already have some of the elements in place! I tried a darker yellow, almost orange - but, did not like it! Third try was this version which has the blue-violet background, which I'm much happier with. 

I do plan to do additional letters - maybe not in order, and maybe I will mix up the items on them (there aren't enough fruit's & vegetables for all the letters). They are fun to do & I do enjoy seeing them "come to life." 


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