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Progress on “Funny Valentine“ painting from the other day….I’ve painted over a few initial ideas, but just getting the main concepts down. This “layer” is still not finished, the left figure and bottom of canvas still to go. Again, listening to the music throughout the entire painting time…and no, I do not get sick of listening to it, because I listen to the layers or movements of the music for my interpretation, rather than the song as an entity in itself, so I focus on different parts of the music, instruments, key changes, lyrics. Then I need some time to think, feel and paint the final stages.
Finally, I’ve started my “Funny Valentine” painting (canvas size is 24 ” x 36″), which I posted the ideas for a few months ago…they were inspired by the Chris Botti/Sting version of “My Funny Valentine…see my post Inspired by “My Funny Valentine”.
Thought I’d just share and document (very important as I have many interruptions of everyday life, and I forget what I’m thinking!!!) a bit of the first painting stages….basically I have the music playing while I paint, and select the colours while thinking of two things:
- Maintaining intense under-painting in values that will show through and create the next layers of painting (See more about my technique) or check out my other post about creating intensity with complementary colours.
- Selecting colours which reflect how I feel as a direct response to the music.
The sketch I’m thinking and planning from for this stage of painting:
Here is the palette of colours using Matisse acrylic flow paints: Magenta, Australian Yellow Green, Southern Ocean Blue (Phthalo Turquoise), Cobalt blue, Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium.
A close up
Yes I know I paint, write, work, blog, social network…who’d think I have the time to read, with family and a household to run as well?? Yes, I do read everyday…articles online for business, education, creativity, art, beauty- you know random stuff, but sometimes when I just have too much going on, and I know this is going to sound weird…I add more to my plate, and start a book. I have a few books on the go, just to break up what is rattling around in my brain, and think about something differently. Currently I am reading “The Gospel According to Coco Chanel,” by Karen Karbo 2009.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn,” Coco Chanel.
Can I say that I adore Coco Chanel, and I have always been inspired by her talent, creativity, marketing and entrepreneurial accumen. This book by Karbo tells the story simply, and with good humour. I must say this book is the brain break I need at the moment-very easy reading, nothing to analyze or delve too deeply into, other than observe and apply some of Chanel’s quips and approaches to her strategies for creating her world, empire and artistry.
Most enjoyable quote
“A Woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” Coco Chanel
My two favourite fragrances for last 3 years, which I never leave the door without wearing one of : Chanel’s Allure Sensuelle parfum or Chanel’s Cristalle Eau Verte as a summer time fragrance. I had to wait mind you until I was around 33 years old (a few years ago now!) to even be able to wear Chanel parfum, it just didn’t suit me when I was younger. But my desire to wear Chanel fragrances started with the fact that my great grandmother wore Chanel#5 back in the late 1920s Russia, (and she sported a Clara Bow bob hairstyle and danced the Charleston), only wore this fragrance, saying that you are not dressed unless you have your eyes kohled and parfum on…I think I have upheld the tradition well *lol*
Now I must get back to painting
Spent most of this morning being totally inspired by lots of different artists and their works…thanks to facebook But this artist’s works, by Surrealist Katherine Linn Sage, were something which got me thinking differently- pure inspiration. I don’t have time to do much at the moment- not even draw some sketches :( lots is happening in my everyday life, but I loved the themes, softness and movement in these surrealist paintings. I don’t have time to write anymore….but at least I’ve got this video now, thanks Tutt’ART…I can get working on things from here later on!
I don’t regularly write poetry, but when I do it’s because I’ve been extremely emotionally connected to an experience or something…that seems to be my pattern of behaviour anyway! This poem was inspired by two influential people for me at the time of writing…Thanks to you both
Did you find a Bright, Shiny Object? By Ingrid Lee
Perhaps you’re looking for something you’ve lost.
Perhaps you’re looking for something you remembered you had, but then it slipped away.
Perhaps you’re looking for that fix which makes you feel complete, excites and makes you feel like you.
Perhaps you’ve found a bright, shiny object which you think will fulfil the loss.
Perhaps you’ve found a bright, shiny object which gives you a great feeling, a feeling of importance…relevance.
Perhaps you think it can…but it really can’t.
Because you can’t find the authentic answer to your problem in bright, shiny objects, it doesn’t last.
Because bright, shiny objects grow dim, and dull over time…and then you’ll have to search for a new one.
BUT, it’s not all bad.
Bright shiny objects can inspire a new pathway to yourself.
Bright shiny objects can be candy for your soul.
Bright shiny objects can help you find the bright shiny object within yourself…and start your next journey.
Where are you at?
(c) Ingrid Lee, 2011.