Monday, May 18, 2015

What Frederick Leighton Inspired and Scenes from Yard and Studio


in progress
oil on paper 16 x 20 inch

Last week I wrote about a visit to the Kendall Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.  I was so inspired by Frederick Leighton's work I checked out some books at the library to learn more.  I then found  this image  online of a portrait called Biondina, also by Leighton.  The urge to paint a portrait was strong, so I am using Biondina as my guide.  

This is still in progress, but these photos are the most current. 

detail of work in progress

I added the checks to her clothing just this morning which was inspired by Edouard Vuillard's painting called Interior: Mother and Sister of the Artist in the image is below.

Edouard Vuillard
Interior:  Mother and Sister of the Artist
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Look!  Morning Glories have sprouted!  Fingers crossed there will be blooms this summer.  I am worried though because the spot I planted the seeds in is a bit shady with dappled light.  Hopefully those little dapples will be enough.



Above is the absolute best place to sit on the back patio. 



This is part of the flowerbed I put in with the bench my son made.  My dream is to have it FULL of flowers and all kinds of pretty.  This year I put in a few perennials, but mostly seeds for Wildflowers, Sunflowers, Morning Glories and Hollyhocks for this year.  If it doesn't take, then shade-loving plants it is. 



When you're settling into a new place, it's all about creating spaces you want to BE in.  The hammock makes a great spot to read...or nap.  We had it at our old house and I was thrilled when my husband found a place to hang it at our new house.  Our old property had 20 trees on it, this one has three, which makes it a bit challenging to hang a hammock.




Lastly, a shot of the studio the other day.  The shelf on the desk is actually a CD shelf.  The smallness of it and the multiple shelves make it awesomely useful.  I use it to store supplies, or as an area to get things out of the way quickly, or to dry small works. It looks odd on the table, but it would have blocked a window on the floor.  Plus it only cost $5 at an estate sale. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

22 comments:

  1. I found this intriguing from the very beginning. Looking forward to the final.

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    1. Thank you Rachel. It is pretty closed to finished I think.

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  2. I love your new portrait and thanks to the look at your easel I can see the size. Its much larger than I first thought! That hammock looks so inviting" :)

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    1. Thank you Morag. Yes, it's a 16 x 20 inch on oil paper. Working on paper has always been a pleasure, especially with oil paints. This paper does not need to have gesso coating as it is already coated with something to keep the paints from bleeding through.

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  3. Hi Lisa,
    You'll have to hang out a "Portrait Artist" shingle Lisa! You picked a couple of wonderful painters to be inspired by.
    The yard, garden and studio photos were great to see. Looks like you've transitioned beautifully to the new home and yard. I'll stop now, as I'm sure you want to get back to the hammock! :)
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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    1. I love painting portraits and can see why you love doing them too, Gary. Though my portrait paintings are not realistic like your beautiful works.

      We love our new place. It's like we were MEANT to live here if that is possible.

      Thank you for your visit Gary!

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  4. Beautiful! And your studio looks awesome. That CD shelf looks like the perfect fit there.

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    1. Hi Kelly! I haven't seen you for so long. Hope all is well and thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Lisa, great posting. And the eyes are outstanding. Just right.

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    1. Thank you so much Helen. Very kind of you.

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  6. I notice the wonderful balance you have achieved with her features - her eyes are amazing. Great idea to use the dress pattern from Vuillard. I like the color you chose.
    The rest of the pictures are neat to see how your magic touch is transforming the yard into spaces you want to BE IN!
    Ah...the studio - can't wait. I am so happy for you, Lisa.

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    1. Julie, I will have to show you photos of the beginnings of her face...scary. It was literally FLAT and I could not figure out what I was doing wrong. I shifted her nose to the left and moved her lips and then she had fullness in her face. Amazing what a little tweak can do!

      Thank you Julie for your encouragement! xoxo

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  7. It doesn't look odd on the table at all, Lisa. I wouldn't have blocked a window either. Your studio looks like a working artist's studio for sure! And I love this portrait you are doing. The subtleties in your brush work are amazing to me.

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    1. Thank you CrimsonLeaves. It is a small room, but it is a lovely room to work in. The previous homeowner used it as a nail salon. Thanks for the sweet remarks on the portrait!

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  8. A wonderful portrait Lisa. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

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    1. Thank you Fuzzie Fingers. It's just about done.

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  9. Love your new girl in her yellow checked jumper. Pretty hair. We have morning glories coming up everywhere in the back of our yard, mostly sunny I would say. Just remember toxic to pups. xox

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    1. Hi Corrine. Thank you for telling me that about dogs and morning glories. I didn't know that. He left them alone at our old house and here they are behind some fencing.

      Thank you on the portrait too. Her hair was created by scratching trough the paint. I love to do hair that way. It looks like light hitting the hair. xoxo

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  10. You make everything with such great detail Lisa. I adore her clothing and thank you for the CLOSE UP shots...so intriguing. xo

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    1. Hi Wanda! Thank you for everything you said. xoxo

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  11. The new portrait is showing your work is changing and growing. I also love Vuillard's paintings.
    The woman on the left seems to 'grow' out of the wallpaper! In fact 'growing' seems to be your
    direction lately. It's exciting to see how your work is changing and becoming richer with your
    own voice.

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  12. Artwork, gardening (good luck with the Morning Glories), estate sales - what's not to love. The shots of your garden and studio are great - what a treat! And your painting - love your personal spin on the references. Really enjoyed this post!


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