I thought I would tell a little story about how this painting evolved to whomever is interested in these kinds of things. 🙂
I was very inspired by one of the artists who is painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days. She is taking an old painting of a favorite artist of hers and on the first day copying a portion of the painting, and then on the second day using the colors to make an abstract painting. I started to think about this in the middle of the night as I frequently do…lie awake and think… and I decided to take one of my favorite paintings and try her method. Well, it didn’t work out that way at all. Here is the painting…
John Eastman (American Artist 1842-1880) Gathering Lilies
I started the painting in my usual way of just putting a wash on the board and vaguely outlining what I was going to paint. In my mind I was not going to copy this painting, but mainly copy the shapes.
This is what I roughly sketched out. Do you see what I see? A woman with her hair flowing back and to the side… I thought I should go with this and not do my original plan.
When this dried I began to work with the figure and fill in the background…
She even had a bit of a face at this point.
The background was something that I used from a photo I had saved of my daughter…
She has been a model for a lot of my paintings.
So then I was totally immersed in painting and didn’t take any more pictures until it was finished. And it ended up being not at all what I had set out to do.
And the face…what happened to the face you are probably wondering, if you got this far in reading?
It takes me hours to paint a face, maybe even days…Not something I can do in one painting a day…but there is something I love about these faceless paintings.
So there you have it. Quiet Reflections…
8 thoughts on “Day 21~ Quiet Reflection”
I liked hearing the story behind this. 🙂
I’m glad I told it then. 🙂
I love hearing where inspiration comes from and how things change with the process! Its a beautiful painting !
Thank you…I know some people enjoy the process. This one was unexpected, so it was different. 🙂
Love hearing about and seeing the process!
Glad you could be here to see it. 🙂
Loved seeing your process. I’m even more impresses! The painting is beautiful. Love the colors.
Thank you, Pam I think I’m going to put a face on her and do a few changes. Nice that we can do that, isn’t it?