Tuesday, November 08, 2005


I'm not sure what this is. I wanted to paint with acrylics (since I hadn't for a few years) and also use an artboard, which I had never done.
So it started out with the chair, window and background, in acrylic paint. Then I decided on a figure seated on the chair, but I wanted it to be transparent, so I made that with tracing paper, colored pencil and watercolor.
I have no idea what that thing is that she is holding. It just happened that way.
(click for larger image)


At November 08, 2005 10:45 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

I really like the transparency of the girl/ghost ... the 'thing' is a ghoulie from your dreams,. Hey that looks like an evil black bunny/bat/cat from my nightmares! Again great application of colour use and imagination!

At November 09, 2005 12:44 AM, Blogger Catnapping said...

this is like something from a dream.

You have such a great sense of colour. deep, rich, edible colour. i love this about your illustrations.

At November 09, 2005 2:46 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

Wonderful colours as usual. I find this image very compelling. What I like best is that though the figure is transparent and therefore apparently insubstantial the thing she holds is solid and secure.

At November 09, 2005 3:22 AM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love the painting!! Unique and creative as always!! Nice illo

At November 09, 2005 3:24 AM, Anonymous hartini said...

Beautiful!! :) I love the transparency!

At November 09, 2005 3:28 AM, Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Mystical and mystifying. Looks to me like she has a wallaby or joey. And the colors are amazing!

At November 09, 2005 5:32 AM, Blogger Urban Convert said...

Beautiful as always--another great painting. And thanks for the tip on your method.

At November 09, 2005 9:00 AM, Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

very very freaky! let's call the thing a bunyip!

Chris (www.TheDailySnippet.com)

At November 09, 2005 9:13 AM, Anonymous sarah c said...

perfection. i absolutely love her. the creature she clutches so dear is adorable and i want one. that mean-looking cat is familiar but i think it lives inside of the not-always-so-friendly Sydney.
bravo. xoxoox

At November 09, 2005 9:47 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Very dream like. Love the transparent dress. Nice touch. Cheers!

At November 09, 2005 10:04 AM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I like the spontaneity of this piece. It is dreamlike, for sure. Great technique and colors.

At November 09, 2005 12:31 PM, Blogger carla said...

This is surreal like your other work, but it's also very eerie. I think it's the transparanet figure woth the blue face...she has a puzzled look. I like the fact that you just went where your hands took you and ended up in this fascinating place...the colors and composition are lovely, and the whole mysterious vibe is entrancing.

At November 09, 2005 1:24 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

This is an unbelievable piece. I love the transparency and the textures. It's so delicate and haunting. I love it.

At November 09, 2005 1:54 PM, Anonymous Dennis West said...

Thanks for the tip on my blog. I'll check into it!

I really like this painting. When I saw it I immediately thought off a poem by Lord Byron:

"SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

"One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

"And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,—
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent."

No, I didn't memorize it. I looked it up. As I reread it, I thought it was nice how I could still relate it to your painting all the way through. Though, I think your painting adds a darker spin to it.

Nice work!

At November 09, 2005 3:18 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I looked at the image on the large scale...love it even more. Vibrant colors, odd and interesting composition and poetic feel. Strong piece...

At November 09, 2005 4:59 PM, Blogger Maricarmen Pizano said...

First I want to thank you for visiting my blog, I came to visit your site and I found great work, you have a very energetic, dynamic palette of colors, your style is authentic and I would like to link your blog on my list if you don't mind.


At November 09, 2005 9:07 PM, Blogger Rick Lovell said...

What a wonderful piece. The "thing" that ended up in her lap is a very happy accident indeed, and like everyone else, I love the transparency of the figure.

At November 10, 2005 1:12 AM, Anonymous rose said...

This is beautifully done. Very dreamlike.

At November 10, 2005 8:49 AM, Blogger Courtney said...

mysterious and lovely, the transparency is a great touch.

At November 10, 2005 1:41 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Oh man, that's pretty cool and surreal. I like the filminess of the woman. And that kangaroo Ukelele is wild!

At December 23, 2005 3:39 AM, Blogger miss sam duffy said...

i love this..great colours..Chagall comes to mind when i look at your work.


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