Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sophie and Samantha

Sophie and Samantha
acrylic and charcoal on paper 16 x 20 inch

This painting has been in the works for a while.  Today as I worked on it in my art class, I decided to call it done.  Halting screech...DONE.  I feel very ready to work on something else.

I should tell you about the funny story that inspired it...of the two girls playing in their yard...one jumping up and down on the roof of a car with sounds of the metal giving beneath her feet with each jump...and her sweet little voice yelling across the street at me and my dog as we walked by "HI!"...and her presumably older sister shushing her and telling her not to talk to strangers...Mom said not to talk to strangers.

 I saw these same two girls weeks later playing with balls...both girls in dresses with up-do hair.  And it was at that point I decided to paint them.

Adorable impressions left in my mind.  


The Arkansas River on a very quiet day

Leaving you with this image.  We just need a pair of doves sitting on the lower wire, don't you agree?

Wishing you all peace today.


18 comments:

  1. Such a lovely atmosphere and sweet story.
    Good to see this completed. It has been interesting following the development steps. Will you be using this method again?
    LOVE, love, love the photo of sunset on the river.
    Wishing you peace too.

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    1. Thank you Julie, and yes I probably will try the grisaille method again. I like being able to see parts of the underpainting the way you do with this method.

      That stretch of river is the same stretch you, Vic and I walked that evening.

      Hugs and love

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  2. Hi Lisa,
    What a great and obviously inspirational story. Hope your art class continues to go well.
    What a beautifully calm way to end the post. So peaceful and relaxing. I could almost hear a lovely Chopin nocturne playing in the background.
    Enjoy your tomorrow.
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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    1. Hi Gary, thank you. The art class has been great. We really just meet and paint together, but our instructor is always there for questions which is great because I always have a lot of questions.

      You are right...Chopin would go great with the river. Chopin is my son's favorite composer and probably mine too.

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  3. beautiful painting...love the story!!

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    1. Thank you Myra. If only they were wearing tutus. :)

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  4. I like the image you create of the girl jumping on the car, oops. Nice work, interesting spheres they are playing with and as always great dresses. xox

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    1. I was just waiting for their mother to come out throwing a fit, but she never did and as far as I can tell the car has recovered from the abuse.

      Thanks for the kind words. xo

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  5. Very wonderful painting and also very interesting story !!!
    Have a nice and creative day !!!

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  6. Beautiful painting Lisa and a lovely post!!

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  7. Nice painting Lisa. Love the girls and the background houses as well. The Arkansas River is beautiful. Thanks for the glimpse!

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! When in doubt...put a house in it! :) I have been thinking a lot about rivers too, however painting water is tricky. So glad you stopped by!

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  8. Great post! I love the sunset view on the river. Very inspiring! Thanks!

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  9. Lisa- such s wonderful piece. You captured an enchanting charm. The colors you selected added to a certain feel that this could have been done from my own child -hood . There is a haunting timelessness. Really speaks to my heart. So glad you posted it. Your photo of the Arkansas river is truly lovely ad well. Hope you are enjoying a peaceful day. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie. It means a lot that you see timelessness in the piece. When I saw the girls playing I did remember some of my own happy days of summer as a child as well. I probably should have gone with happier, brighter colors, but I liked the dreamy quality of leaving it dark. Appreciate your comment. Thanks again!

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