The British Invasion

There are three new ladies to show up in my “Fashionable Ladies in Hats” series…and they all hail from the U.K…. at least that’s the story I have given them. That’s half the fun of painting these “characters”…you can make up stories about who they are, where they come from, and the kind of gal they are.

Artists have very vivid imaginations, don’t you know?

London

London – 5 x 7 inch acrylic with black gesso on gessobord

Devon3

Devon – 5 x 7 inch acrylic with black gesso on gessobord

Bristol2

Bristol – 5 x 7 inch acrylic with black gesso on gessobord  

All three are now available in my ArtcyLucy Studio shop on Etsy.

This has been such a inspiring month for me. I recently went to Chicago, just to visit The Art Institute and investigate all the art, and especially the Impressionist paintings (the best collection this side of France!)  I stood in front of Monet’s waterlilies, soaking up every bit of inspiration I could…looking deep into the layers of paint he used, and the swirls of his brush strokes…imagining how he DID that!  I gawked at the lovely ballerinas that Degas had sketched and painted…with oils and pastels and charcoal…just amazing!!! I stood in front of a self portrait of Vincent van Gogh’s, and stared into his mesmerizing eyes.  Cezanne was there, represented by his masterful still life paintings, and landscapes too.  Supersized flowers from Georgia O’Keeffe, layers of thrown paint by Jackson Pollack,  sculptures by Marino Marini….the list goes on and on and on and on. I was in LOVE.

I came home wanting to paint EVERYTHING!!!

I’ve also been inspired by an artist named Julie Johnson, and her love of Scribble Art.  I’ve done an awful lot of drawing lately, because I have been enjoying her online class. It’s given me a whole new love of drawing…with a pen!!! And I think I am HOOKED!

Here is some of the class assignments I have done in the last few weeks…

ScribbleArtClassCollage

I am enjoying trying out new pens and papers, from Sharpie fat markers, to thin Copic Multiliner pens, and even my purple Stabilo water soluble marker. Gray papers, cream colored papers, tan papers…they are all getting a thorough workout around here! I am LOVING it, and I am already seeing changes in my painting habits! Notice how the “Brit Girls” above have swirling flourishes???  I see so much potential in drawing this way…and I am really excited about this. I am learning more about shapes and values, and I know that will translate into my painting.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you too, are inspired by the art you see, creation around you, and the simple pleasures of a pen and paper.

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