Monday, September 21, 2009

Masquerade Rose Part IV

For the final reveal...

Painting from your own still life set-up is a wonderful challenge. It teaches you so much about problem solving. Color, object placement, lighting, line of design and more! Each painting is a learning opportunity. Try it sometime!!
UPDATE: This painting just won first place in the First Annual Kingslan Art Classic! I am so excited!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Masquerade Rose Part III

The variety of masks we found in Venice was astounding! There were way too many to choose from. One of my most favorite looked like some sort of laser cut metal. The delicate & precise cutting was so incredible - and expensive. Oh well, maybe on my next trip. In the end, I chose this lace mask. It was romantic & elegant with a hint of sparkle. Plus it was a lot of fun to paint - challenging but fun.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Masquerade Rose Part II

There was a masquerade party on the ship the night we left Venice. It was really fun to see all the different masks that everyone found - such variety! This is another piece to the painting. The full painting will be revealed shortly!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Masquerade Rose Part I

During our trip to Italy last year, we carefully selected souvenirs that would remind us of those faraway places. Some souvenirs were of the edible kind such as olive oil from Croatia - which was a pleasant & lovely surprise. Rome was more about shopping for our Catholic friends at the Vatican, but my hubby did find a nice piece of leather for himself. There was lace from Burano, glass from Murano, and Venetian handmade paper and masks.

Venice was by far my most favorite city. The romance of the gondolas, the mystery of the masks, all the bridges, palaces and secluded courtyards were magical. Extra thought was used in selecting those special souvenirs from Venice because I knew they were coming home to be part of some future artwork. This photo is a small portion of my first painting of my memories of Venice. The rest will be posted as though a mask were being slowly removed... to reveal the Masquerade Rose.