Monday, February 26, 2007
This work is the smallest I've painted in many years - just 10"x8", but the scale seems to suit the subject matter nicely. This work was inspired by Picasso's oil painting of the same name, painted in 1901 when he was just 20 years old. I was attracted to the work by the little girl's pose, as she gently holds the dove with both hands and her chin and the way the awkward hunch of her shoulder shows how hard she's focused on trying to be gentle.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
My husband made a comment this morning that gave me a good hard laugh - he was looking at my blog and said his favourite work from this series was a work I hadn't completed yet and he urged me not to complete it in my usual style because it was an especially excellent piece as is. It was the top image on my February 16th post: not my work at all, but rather the original Picasso work. OK, so my work doesn't measure up to Picasso's (not that I would ever imagine in my wildest dreams that it would!) At least I may take some comfort in knowing that nobody else's does either.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Here it is - the last of the three portrait works after Picasso. This figure is older than the young woman of the first painting, and the mother of the second. She's heavier, her jaw line sags a bit, she has a line under her outward facing eye. She's past the youthful age of caring only for herself, and motherhood where her life is complicated by raising children. Now her interest lies in the community she lives in and the global community.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Now that Villages of the South of France is hanging in the gallery, I'm preparing for my next show - "After Picasso". I've already finished a few works for this show (see earlier posts), and now I'm working on a 3-painting suite based on Picasso's 1957 oil painting, "Portrait of Jacqueline". Picasso painted hundreds of portraits of Jaqueline Roque, whom he married in 1961.
Now, before you say, "hey, you can't copy another artist's work!" I'd like to point out that rather than copying Picasso's works I am reinterpreting them in my own style. Picasso himself reinterpreted hundreds of paintings by such artists as Delacroix, Manet, Velazquez, van Gogh, and Matisse, only to name a few, so I am quite comfortable borrowing a page from his book (both literally and figuratively).
As you can see I have borrowed Picasso's composition and dark/light contrast, and even that weirdly positioned hand, and incorporated my usual colour palette, symbology, and painting style.
Stay tuned for the second painting of the suite...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
This work depicts one of the many stops we made on our journey along the Midi Canal: the penichette (houseboat) in an ecluse (loch) in front of a walled village. Local wines, homemade marmalades and pates were often advertised upon a wine barrel outside the door of a tiny room that long ago was probably a tool shed in the centuries-old loch keepers' houses. The cypress tree is a symbol of welcome and they often lined parts of the canal and the streets leading to villages - here I've painted 7 cypresses to represent the friendly villagers we encountered who, with patience and good humour, tried to understand our attempts to communicate with them in French each day.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
These are cut wood panel paintings - painted on wood and cut out along the villages' outer boundaries; they are hung out from the wall a bit so as to create a shadow behind them.
Each village contains 7 structures, representing the 7 days of the week and therefore every day (and the everyday); as noted on our journey along the Midi Canal, the central structure in each village is a church.
Of special note to me was the fact that even in the smallest villages we visited, the churches were adorned with elaborate stained glass windows that must have cost villagers and the church dearly when they were built hundreds of years ago (the clocks, of course, were later additions).
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Well, the Villages of the South of France is hanging in the gallery - all twenty-some-odd works. I'm finally able to relax from the chaotic ambience of my studio and household - I worked into the wee hours of the morning for most of January and thank goodness my charming husband enjoys cooking ... I somewhat shamefully admit I've managed to prepare only two dinners in the last month. The opening reception had a delightfully large turnout and last week I was visited in my studio by a reporter/photographer from the local paper; hopefully there will be a couple of photos and a line or two about my art practice in an upcoming Sunday edition. I will revisit the gallery this week and take photos for a future posting. In the meantime - thank you to my family (my magnificent mom deftly wielded a paintbrush for two coats of primer on my numerously-angled wooden canvases!) to my friends (ever supportive) and to all of you Illustration Friday bloggers for your encouraging words of support.