I guess the pink tones have creeped into the recent paintings because the whole world has been so fluffy recently. This week has been weirdly productive though! And it is caused by one thing only – the cool air arrived from Norway and it is giving us a week long break from the cute century record breaking heat wave. Trying to get as much painting time in before the next heat wave starts. I can’t believe that you southerners have to deal with this every year! I have no idea how you manage.
I took some fake leather, a potato sack fabric (burlap), stencil materials and black spray paint,
First I drew the dress up on the pattern paper, then sew a test dress. First I used a simple fabric that is easier to handle, to see if the pattern came out alright. When it seemed to fit, I went on to dry the pattern on these materials.
I thought it would be funny to wear it to a party, so I got excited and worked on it for a whole couple of days. At the end I think I didn’t wear it anywhere, as the potato sack smells very strongly like sisal or hay, which makes it impossible to wear this dress casually and without commentary. So I figured this was a pretty bad idea. But you know…I was excited about it for two days while I thought it was a good idea, to make a casual potato sack for wearing.
Do you remember the oil paint smell! It’s so good! So I took the paints out and felt like painting, I started with a couple of landscapes, and then a couple of rush portraits. You need to paint sometimes or you will forget.
My sister is sometimes making photoshoots for creative purposes, so I lent some portrait photos from her shoots for reference with her permission. It’s pretty hard to find serious portrait references.
The first portrait started out as a realistic one but then I painted over it and made it into a blue vampire.
Photograph and model:
The second portrait from this month, is another model from my sisters photoshoots.
A problem I’ve been wondering about is how to display art and giclee prints on a photo backdrop, and how to create a light box. There are so simple answers for most of the things, but I always circle back to them. After thinking about building this and that, I figured it would be most creative to just draw it. So I’ve been spending time painting the backdrop and also using some old paintings, and here are the first trials.