After a long brake I'm so happy painting again. Elisa, thank you!
I have missed some themes (I will try to paint something more during the week) but right now I want to say THANK YOU! to Elisa and all Participants of the Workshop. It was a great pleasure to read your stories and comments and watch your art. For me it was a great time, I did many things for the first time and I've got tons of inspiration. Thank you again! I hope your cherished dreams will come true soon :)
Impressionists style (thank you Danielle!). Another prompt which gave me a lot of fun! I got a few apples, a glass and a bottle plus an old tablecover and composed a small still life. My plan was - to observe and paint like Paul Cezanne (wow! :) or to try at least ;) I hope I caught a little bit of his way of painting in this sketch.
Inspired by Artist's Style. I have so many favourite artists - from Middle Ages to contemporary :) But the first though was - it will be so wonderful to try paint like Maira Kalman! She is illustrator and writer based in NY. I simply love her style, sense of humor and personality. She uses bold colors and tells little stories about ordinary people and things in such a charming way. Many times she portreyed dogs, so I have Major Jiggs hugged by Miss Esterly in my sketch. It was such a great fun to do this painting :)
A scene from a film. I chose Francois Ozon film "Frantz". A film is b&w so as my sketch. You can see here two main characters - Anna, who had lost his fiancé during the 1. world war and Adrien - mysterious friend of late Frantz. If you wont to cry a little bit - watch this film. So sad, but so beautiful.
Least favourite thing. I will not write about all things that terrify me these days. Virginia did it so well and accurate (thank you!). My sketch is funny instead. Do you know that something like tomato jam exists? I didn't. Until now. It tastes like a very, very sweet ketchup and has consistency of a jelly. To sum up - I definitely don't love it ;)
Passage od Time. I portreyed the most vintage thing I have - the old camera. This is not digital, but the one which needs photographic films (24 photos only, with no preview :). Using it was a kind of art (I mean the process, not the result ;) It captured so many moments from my childhood. Now it's a relic of the old times.
Pattern. I decided to paint pattern which looks like a lace, but in fact is made from ceramic. This is a sculptured surface (I mean it's not flat, but I don't know the exact technique) of the ceramic box. White pattern on white background which means - lot's of negative painting :) Firstly I painted a pattern with very, very light color and the rest of the process was observing and painting shadows. It was so relaxing! :)
Favourite piece of clothing. This is my funniest one. Nothing special on the front - grey stripes and the little pocket with cute red button. But on the back - aaaa! This dotted car was stolen my heart :)
Typography. Only one letter to make Elisa smile :) Thank you for all that you are doing for us!
People. This is the biggest challenge for me and this time I decided to face it. I think that finding my own, characteristic way of drawing people will be the long process and my little sketch is the first step in this big adventure. I painted my friends Joanna and Adam learning to dance waltz. Their effort and dedication are so inspiring :)
Found objects. Little treasures picked up on the beach in cloudy day. Seagull feather, very small round shell of unknown creature and micro-pebble, grey and perfectly smooth. All three speak about the seaside and bring back good memories.
For this challenge I chose two pears accompanied with some almonds. Pears, because it's autumn now, and autumn=pears :)
First of all thank you so much for your feedback! You guys are awsome! My portrait was a crazy experiment but now I know it made sense :) For today (actually day 2-4) I have more traditional paintings, but I will try to do something different later on during this workshop :)
My unusual plant is chrysanthemum. I've stood spechless when I saw this beauty in local shop. So perfect! It was like a model for old japanese woodcut. Couldn't found the better theme for the second day of our workshop.
I've never painted self portrait before (except the one in my childhood - with flowers in my hand and birds on my shoulder - my parents still have it ;) Inspired by Elisa I decided to try different technique than usually. It's easier to show myself in this geometric yellow makeup ;)