Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.
Posts tagged ‘Blythe doll’
I About a year ago I painted Simple Solutions, the wicked witch of Snow White Legend getting her brilliant idea of how to get rid of her little problem. This painting came about when I was pondering good and evil and how most of us are more in the grey area. I may do a lot of volunteer work myself, but I use gas to get me there, knowing that lives hang in the balance as well as the environment. Even simple things like painting require heavy metals to be mixed and trees to be cut down. None of us can be completely good and cause no harm, although some people are certainly better at it than others. Here is the little hero of her own story. She has completely stripped a tree of all the apples, leaving none to share with her animal friends. Perhaps this tree was the favorite of her step mother. Perhaps it was the first in a series of selfish, maybe even naughty deeds. Perhaps the queen was a bit justified and the little brat had it coming. She certainly doesn’t look very innocent. Well at least no more innocent than you; no more innocent than I. She is painted in watercolor on Fabriano paper. Framed under glass. $300. Unframed, shipped in a tube or flat for $260.
As a child my ideal of beauty wasn’t some movie star or Disney princess; it was my cousin Annelies. She had sleeping beauties dark hair and red lips and perfect china doll skin. Her hair was smooth and perfect and her voice like a little bell. Being reminded of her beauty by a photo of her daughter, who looks just like her, I painted her from childhood memories to the best of my ability. I should add to this day she is still stunning in her beauty.
Come see my new girls this weekend at Moonlight Drive Gallery in Bonsall on Saturday from 10-4. Or visit me live painting for one of my favorite Fallbrook events Friday night, Wine and a Bite at Tutto Dolce.