Passions of an Odd Chick

Monday, June 6, 2011

The thousand-paintings journey continues.....


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I had a couple of days to paint and it felt glorious. I would paint a little and walk away- which is not like me. I'm usually so impatient that I won't let the paint dry. I can tell that all the Italian history and renassiance history that I've been listening to on my IPOD as I go to sleep is really affected my painting. Well, at least I hope so. I used Sweet Farmer's eyes for the Jesus portrait- because I wanted them kind, yet penetrating. You can click on the image for greater detail.
It's not finished (i'm going to clean up the lines on the madonna's face) but I'm preparing this madonna style painting for a small show in December so I still have some time. I find it very humbling to do religious art.

I, of course, would love any ideas, critiques, etc. to push the painting further as this seems to be my wall at this time. I'm still on my thousand-paintings journey, but I'm seeing progression and that's all that matters.

8 comments:

Bren said...

I'm quite amazed at what you've accomplished in a few days! I opened it up big to see the numerous elements you've used to create such an original look. Well done.

linda said...

you have come so far, in my inexperienced opinion~ brava to you, this is lovely. xx oh, i was wondering how you did the background? i'll pop back for your thoughts, if any.. thanks. xx

Odd Chick said...

Thanks Bren and Linda! To answer your question Linda, I used layers of transluescent acrylic colors, pieces of a map, stamping, inks, charcoal pencil, etc. I read somewhere (i paraphrase)- "you can't fake layers so just do lots of layers to get the layered affect." I worked on it a little since to give more cheekbone to my Jesus and improve the structure of Madonna's facial features.

Buffy said...

This is such a Beautiful piece. Love it.

Diane said...

Beautiful Peggy!!

linda said...

nope, you can't fake layering ;) that's true....i was noticing the others so thank you for answering...this is beautiful. xxxx

Steve Emery said...

This is wonderful. Several things struck me as I gazed at the larger image of this work. First, I love the positioning of Jesus and Mary - He seems to be sheltering her, which is lovely, and yet she is higher than He is in the painting, which is also humbling and lovely. Somehow the fact that her head is higher than His makes her seem smaller, more held by Him. I'm not sure why that is. It could also be something in her face that makes me feel that.

I love the subdued colors in the painting, which make the faces glow. The colors and the layers of detail make the background both rich and quieter than in some of your other paintings and I think that works here. I'm seeing that Italian influence you mention. I think your Italy trip is going to change your art...

It's interesting that the only suggestion I was tempted to make was about more structure in Jesus', face. I note in your comment here that you've already done more with the cheekbone. That might be just the thing I was feeling.

This is a subject that takes courage - I admire that. I think the result is not only beautiful, but real.

Pam Tucker said...

This is gorgeous. Your work is amazing. I love it.