Working on this one…Originally I had intended to “blur” her face –as if she was shaking her head from left to right — i had not anticipated that it would end up being a mess so what to do? Stay calm…take a step back and try to figure out how to work with the mess and attempt to turn it into something cool. This is the result. Now I just let it dry a bit and glaze in the right tones and add details.
I am feeling rather blue lately. I have recently lost 2 of the most important people in my life at the same time and I don’t really think I will ever be able to get over it. I didn’t really have a proper time to “mourn” my loss either. Everything had happened so quickly, and as the oldest of 12 grandchildren, I felt it wouldn’t help matters by crying. I am after all, a grown woman and the younger ones needed more help than I did. Why do I even think this way?! Sometimes even I, frustrate myself. Anyway, I’ve been in the mood lately for darker backgrounds and picked myself up a black sketchbook. I was mucking around with coloured pencils and this is the result:
It was a fun quick drawing. Granted its not a masterwork, but I like the feel and the idea so much, that I am sure I will use it again on a sturdier support , maybe wood panel or canvas…or velvet haha! I also spent most of the weekend working on my latest painting, Leda and the Swan so here is also an update on its progress:
I am off now to spend some time with Mr. K. who is pining away for me on our couch as I write. Never take your loved ones for granted. Never. Until next time dear guests, have a great week and see you here soon.
Working on this today.
I was wracking my brain about this friday’s theme, bottled. Patrick Süskind’s book “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”. I throw the soundtrack to the film and the result is my hommage below (not nearly as gruesome but…I do have an “all ages” audience 😉 Its a sketch in my moleskine and then very quickly coloured in Photoshop with the trackpad on my macbook…almost like fingerpainting 🙂
Did I ever tell you I studied Music…a long long time ago? I actually use to dream of becoming a famous ethnomusicologist, travelling the world getting to know indigenous cultures and writing about their music…because music is the universal language. During that time, I was also very much into traditional chinese music. I for one, I loved the complexity of tone in chinese music. My grandfather used to tell me a story of his first experience with western music when he had the opportunity to see a european orchestra perform in his school in china (this was a very very long time ago — before the cultural revolution). The musicians walked in row by row. When all the rows were filled, the 1st violinist nodded his head, striked a note on his violin, and one by one the other musicians tuned to meet his pitch. After the musicians had finished tuning their instruments, they were met with a heartfelt round of applause…my grandfather said, they had never heard western music and was so overcome with delight at the harmonious sounds of these strange instruments, that they couldn’t help but applaud. He told me this story several times as a child, and I have to smile because having grown up with western music and studying it, I find myself overcome with delight when I hear the melancholy bittersweet cries of an Erhu, taking me to dreams of a time when the chinese were immortal and could fly… This is dedicated to my grandfather and to over two thousand years of music history in China. May today’s china have the wisdom to set their artists free* and let the music play.
* free Ai Weiwei!!
It didnt take me long to think up of something for this week’s theme over at illustration friday. Does anyone remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams? It was a childhood favourite. Though I still want to put more thought in the background, I present you with my hommage to that story:
As promised, a sketch for illustration friday! I will probably re-visit this drawing and lay it on a larger surface…Have so much to do! I wish there was no such thing as sleep.
Here is the sketch I created while hanging out with my homies last night. The hound reminds me of the type of dog I would really like to add to our household if only the soul of my soul would allow it. 😦 The idea will be transferred on a 60×80 cm canvas.
I couldn’t finish this drawing for this friday but wanted to post it anyway. I loved the topic this week and had lots of fun with it. Anyway its another work-in-progress. This weekend I have plans to get back to my abandoned Märchen paintings…poor red riding hood waits hautingly in my living room, ever so quietly calling me by name…Until I have finished bringing her to life, here is my contribution: