Bella Dreaming

We had a wonderful week of learning about Marc Chagall in my Let’s Face It 2018 class. Ivy Newport gave us a nice review of Chagall’s life and art, and some lessons on how to paint while being influenced by his style.  I went and did some research on my own, trying to decide how best to reflect his style with my own.

I have to say, that I had seen the painting of his in the Opera House in Paris in 2006, and I wasn’t impressed. I think I was expecting something a bit more opulent, than his dreamlike characters. They didn’t seem to fit the surroundings.

It wasn’t until I started painting about two years later, that I started to see his work with a different eye. And I started to appreciate his life and struggles more, and how he put beauty and imagination into his world of art making.


Bella Dreaming – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on stretched canvas

My nod to Chagall, using some of his favorite color combinations, and his love of music, and for his wife, Bella…who was his great love. I really like how this portrait evolved into what it is now. I listened to Mozart as I painted this one, much like Chagall used to do, when he painted. It is noted that he liked to listen to Bach as well. I usually listen to music when I paint, but not always classical. But I do love Mozart, so it was a joy to listen and paint this.

Bella Dreaming is now available in my Etsy shop, ArtcyLucy.


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