(This post was published last year. Many of the techniques used in journals are found in this portrait. I thought she looked ready for a New Year’s Eve party. Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and creative new year!)
She’s the talk of the town…
“A night at the opera”, mixed media on 12 x16 paper.
Excerpts below from the 1919 Broadway musical “Irene”.
When I first wandered down into town
I was proud and shy, as I felt every eye
And in every shop window I primped passing by
Then in manner of fashion, I’d frown…
Oh, what a gal, she’s the talk of the town
Little bit o’ lipstick and a pose
A million dollars worth of clothes…
This is the second time I paint a flapper. In 2016, I painted Flossie .
I love the costumes and hairstyles from the 1920s. With Flossie, I added mica flakes in her cap and collaged paper napkins in the background. Both effects worked really well and the painting is one of the only ones I have hanging on the wall in my house.
I nearly scrapped “She’s the talk of the town”. She went through many changes as I tried to salvage her.
I collaged paper in the background that I found at The Graphics Fairy. This site offers lots of free printables including vintage images which I like best for my art.
The background was muted with acrylic paste which I then coloured to match the paper I was using.
Then I didn’t like her hat and tried different styles. The fur in her coat was a challenge as well and I painted over it several times until I was satisfied. Finally, she was supposed to be holding a little box, as though she had received a ring. That didn’t work out either. So now, she holds a beautiful dainty pearl studded evening clutch. I have come to terms with her quirks.
As you can see, sometimes, there is a bit of a struggle before something worthwhile happens on paper or canvas. I am coming to terms with this as I gain experience painting.
What have you learned from practising your hobby or passion?