|Young Countess in an Almost Empty Room|
acrylic, oil pastel, colored pencil and ink
on 9 x 12 inch birch panel
David Lloyd paints the most incredible interiors. He recently had a show in New Orleans and I wish so much I could have seen it. Watching him make one beautiful interior painting after another in preparations for his show inspired me to paint this interior in my own style. Well..him and Edouard Vuillard.
I bought a book called Edouard Vuillard - a Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 and when I saw the painting on page 94 Portrait of the Countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac I just had to do my own interior. Vuillard's painting was a huge guide for me as I did this piece.
Here's what I did...
First I "drew" the room...the corners, floor, ceiling and window placement. I decided to keep it simple with only the chair, rug and standing figure rather than try to get too detailed (respecting my limitations as a painter) and I placed everything in one room rather than having two visible rooms like Vuillard's painting.
I loved the bedspread in his painting and tried to get some similar colors and designs into the dress of the countess. At first she was dressed in something very modern looking...kind of a skinny jean outfit, but that just didn't look right in this old fashioned room so I quickly changed her clothing to a dress...the ease of acrylic! I know changes can be done in oil too, but I think it's much harder. It either turns muddy, or if you wipe it away you have to start over and for me getting the same matching colors is tough. If I have to make corrections in oil, I often have to change the whole area because of this.
I have had a few people ask me recently where my inspiration comes from and this is one of the ways my paintings are done...taking bits and pieces from a painting I love. I would say that my favorite way to paint is still just to start laying down color and going with it...allowing the painting to "reveal" itself. However, painting something that is inspired like my painting above is what teaches me the most. I learn a little about drawing and color each time I paint this way.
The sun is shining bright...yard work today. My show at the gallery is Friday and our son KC is playing his keyboard at the event! It is good to know people in high places. :)
I will post about the show Monday. Thank you for all your comments and well wishes everyone! You all are awesome!!
Have a beautiful day and weekend!