Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Painting #9 - Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - January 2014 Challenge

Mother Nature:  "Be Gentle With Nature"  Prints For Sale
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Today marks Week Two - Day Two of Leslie Saeta's painting challenge!  I am  excited to explain today's painting! 

Okay, yesterday I decided that for this second week, I would choose one of my favorite artists and study various artwork specifically from that artist for the entire week.  I chose Picasso.  I studied his "Harlequin on Horseback" painting yesterday and created my interpretation that I am calling "Happy Trails. 

For today's painting I studied Picasso's "Woman With A Crow", 1904 Gouache and Pastel, 25.5" x 19.5". 

I am calling my painting Mother Nature: "Be Gentle With Nature".  The color of her hair is supposed to represent flowers, her shirt a tree with bark and the table is grass with the background as the sky. 

If you look close, the shirt really does look like bark!



I am like a little kid over here doing a happy dance!  I just love it when unique ideas come to mind while I am creating.  Here is another close up:



Hope you enjoy this painting. 

(I can't wait for Stacy over at Magic Love Crow to see this painting!  If you don't already know of her, you must check out all her lovely, adorable crow paintings.) 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

15 comments:

  1. This is super. I love the colour of her hair.

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    1. Thank you, Sea. I was just so happy when she was totally finished and I thought to myself...'wow - I did that'. Very happy moment for sure. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. I just love looking at this, it is wonderful!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammie. I knew you would appreciate the beauty in this one! :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  3. Joan, I have the BIGGEST SMILE on my face!!! This is just truly wonderful! I'm crying! You know why? I remember, when I started to paint crows, everyone was why crows? Gross!!! Some people still say that, but through me, they have become to love crows. I feel this is just like in life. So many people are ready to make fun of others, or not be friends with a person, because their hair might not be full and long, or they might have some extra weight on, or they only have one arm. Truly look within that person's soul! So many people judge on looks! Thank you for making my day!
    Too bad you aren't selling the original! Darn it! LOL!
    Big Hugs, xoxoxox

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    1. I totally understand what you mean. It's like: "There is much more to a book than it's cover." and this saying applies in every way in our daily lives.

      In particular, I know what you mean in regards to Crows. If only people truly knew how very remarkable and intelligent they are. My daughter wrote an article for the college newspaper on crows and the crow is an amazing bird. There are tons of crows on campus and the researchers at the campus study them! It's really cool. I'm very glad you like this painting. You have a beautiful soul, Stacy! And I'm so glad you continued on your art journey painting crows. Enjoy your day!

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  4. Wow, Joan! Such a cool painting and such a neat idea to use Picasso as your theme for this week. And the bark of her shirt really does look like bark. I really love this one! :)

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    1. Thank you, Samara. I truly had SO much fun with this one and it is super exciting to see it all come together the way I had planned. I really enjoy many of Picasso's paintings (however, I must admit the cubism ones do make my eyes a little tired.) :)

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  5. I saw this one yesterday Joan and wanted to come back and comment on it when I had a chance. It's almost 3 am...can't sleep...so I guess I have the chance now. I love this.It's one of my favorite Picasso paintings and I too did a rendering of it in my sketchbook. Seeing your beautiful version of it reminded me that I meant to do some more Picasso renderings, but forgot too. I think his work is a good one to learn from because his style changed so much through his years. His woman figures are may favorites. I am with you on the Cubism making the eyes tired. :)

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    1. Hey There Lisa,

      Me, too. There are times I just can't sleep. One of my problems is I think about art while I am trying to sleep and it only wakes me up more from all the ideas and excitement!. I love his woman paintings as well. Thank you for stopping by, Lisa. I always enjoy hearing from you.

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  6. You are extending my knowledge of Picasso's painting because I have to go and look at the original first. Picasso is not coming out very well out of this, I like your paintings a lot better, they are happier and have more life! I suppose he had the original idea, so we have to give him some credit.

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    1. Hello Sheila,

      Oh my goodness... thank you so much for these comments!! I am smiling over here, that is for sure! You truly made my day!! Picasso would have to me my number one favorite however, I have tons of others, too! Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by.

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  7. I love this Joan, I don't know how I missed seeing it or commenting. I love her hair and all of your textures. And the kiss! I love the idea of people and animals having a deep bond. Animals are people too as far as I am concerned! They have souls! ( well with a few exceptions, spiders and creepy stuff... they are just creepy! hahaha)
    When I worked at the casino I had a short walk from the parking lot to the door, and each day, I could swear a crow was greeting me. He would swoop down, and then land on the fence, or light, and sit there looking at me. I can't whistle, but I would click my teeth at him, and purr. He was there just about every day. I know he recognized me, and I am pretty sure he was waiting for me so he could say hello :)

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. This painting was SO much fun to complete. I had a wonderful time with this one. And Yes! Crows do remember people!! My daughter did a research paper and learned so many amazing things about crows. They are super intelligent. Your experience with that crow is so cool. Thanks for stopping by.

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