Girl in Gold, an Exploration.

Golden Anniversary

Here in Victoria BC we have a local organization called the Victoria Arts Council that is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. In conjunction with a Christmas show entitled “Little Gems” they decided to have a ‘celebration wall’ of 50 works done in the theme of gold. I received one of these 10 inch gallery depth panels that will be for sale Nov.28-Dec21/18. As a result, I “had to” 😉 go out shopping to gather various gold and metallic art supplies. I set to work researching inspirations and a subject. The influence of the German symbolist Gustav Klimt is hard to avoid . Any mention of gold always brings to mind his pieces featuring luxurious patches of glittering leaf.

Ici à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, nous avons un organisme local, le Victoria Arts Council, qui célèbre son 50e anniversaire cette année. Parallèlement à un spectacle de Noël intitulé “Little Gems”, ils ont décidé de créer un “mur de célébration” de 50 œuvres réalisées sur le thème de l’or. J’ai reçu un de ces panneaux de profondeur de galerie de 10 pouces qui sera à vendre le 28 novembre au 21 décembre. En conséquence, je «devais» faire des courses pour rassembler diverses fournitures d’art en or et en métal. Je me suis mis à la recherche d’inspirations et d’un sujet. Il est difficile d’éviter l’influence du symboliste allemand Gustav Klimt. Toute mention de l’or fait toujours penser à ses pièces comportant des taches luxueuses de feuilles brillantes.

In the beginning . . .

The beginning in gold
The beginning in gold

For this project however, I limited my materials to iridescent paints. Ultimately, the items items used primarily were Iridescent Antique Gold acrylic market by Liquitex, Iridescent Gold (fine) High Flow acrylic by Golden.

Pour ce projet cependant, j’ai limité mes matériaux à des peintures irisées. En fin de compte, les articles principalement utilisés étaient le marché de l’acrylique Iridescent Antique Gold de Liquitex et l’acrylique Iridescent Gold (fine) High Flow de Golden.

Baby Steps . . .

2nd stage, adding some opacity
2nd stage, adding some opacity

 I did include something of his spiral motifs in the background, but the style of the face became my own.

J’ai incorporé quelque chose de ses motifs en spirale à l’arrière-plan, mais le style du visage est devenu le mien.

It begins to come together . . .

Getting closer with lights & darks.
Getting closer with lights & darks.

Photographing to shimmer of the golds was difficult, so I took a short video:

Photographier à la lueur d’or était difficile, alors j’ai pris une courte vidéo:

Ta-Da! 

Girl in Gold, 10" square
True to You, 2018

Women and words mixed media experiments

Words, hand lettering and script. 

On my Pinterest page I have pinned a number of pieces of art that I find inspiring or have elements that I would love to experiment with. (Come on… admit it! We all have scads of pins that we’ve never tried to make). There are many with words, hand lettering, script, fonts and typography. I love the visual impact of large scale hand lettering and the mystery of incomplete words or faces.

Such as the works of Florian Nicolle aka Neo.

A few weeks ago I decided to make a couple of Secret Santa gifts, rather than purchase them. What better than to knock off some pinterest inspiration! 

Kayleigh. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

The text on Kayleigh’s face is an ink jet print of some vintage handwriting I found online. 

Daniela. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

For Daniela, I used a letter written by Shakespeare. 

After gaining confidence and hearing positive feedback on the first 2 smaller pieces, I drove into a larger canvas with some acrylics. 

Hannah. Mixed media portrait, acrylic and tissue on canvas. 25″ x 54″.

With this canvas being so much larger than my first 2 pieces, I wrote freehand, with watery black paint the lyrics of Blackbird by the Beatles.

The lovely faces for these portraits are from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on flickr.

Sketches of women in pink and orange.

I sketched these lovely ladies for the Summer of Color blog party, week 2. The color prompts for this week are Pink + Pink + Orange.

In my search for a subject that would reasonably translate to these colors I saw many works of girls and women with pink and orange peach skin, pink clothing and auburn hair. Bingo!
I have always admired the classic sketches of women by artists such as Leonardo DaVinci (indisputably a genius!) but I have yet to master his subtlety. I have made attempts to learn from copying his work before but decided to look a little farther afield when I came across a red chalk sketch by Edward Burne-Jones. Red, pink, orange. They’re all the same family, right?

Most of the models used by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a very distinctly stylized look to their lips, nose and jaw line. I got close with the lips but I still have more practice ahead of me.

Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.
Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.

While I still had the inspiration and not ready for bed yet I did another quick sketch but switched the colours around. In the hundreds of ladies I flipped past in the search results I found an older artist previously unknown to me: Phillppe Mercier. He was most well known for his portrait work.

Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a women in contemplation
Sketch of a women in contemplation, work in progress. Based on DaVinci.
Venus sketch
Venus sketch, inspired by Botticelli.
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth

I’m linking this post to Sunday Sketches where you can go for more “artspiration”

Blue Chair Diary blog
Blue Chair Diary blog