Sunday, 17 March 2013

From the Other side of the World

Good Hair Day
Painting Size 22.5" x 15"
I still cannot believe how full my head is with images and ideas of subjects to paint as soon as I wake in the mornings. It seems that I will never ever run out of inspiration but as I have said before on my blog choosing "the one" that is going to be the winner of the moment comes easily as the excitement for trying the chosen one is just stronger. This subject I have had in mind for absolutely ages and apart from a couple of quirky sketches I have not tried a full painting. So as to not waste my valuable painting time I use my Ipad whilst having my first coffee to scroll through the numerous Facebook and Blog updates that happen from the other side of the world whilst I sleep. Out jumps the immediate urgency to paint when I saw on Facebook some new images posted by talented English photographer Caroline Williams and it included a great close up of the face of an Emu. I contacted Caroline and explained how I have photos of Emus, see them in real life frequently but it was her brilliant photo that was the trigger for my days creating.  These birds are quirky to me but more quirky is that I refer to the "other side of the world" to paint what is on my own doorstep. With her permission I used her detailed image so I could render a life like face.To have the focus on the head I have only hinted at a background with dribbles and splashes.

14 comments:

  1. Even with your talented hands you cant make an Emu looks sweet. It is spot on to real life with a twist of artistry thrown in. Super Lorain

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  2. Thanks Paul, they are as I say quirky! When I tried the studies months and months ago I thought they looked comical and not real but in fact they are really comical LOL

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  3. Oh Lorraine, this is adorable. Have you given him a name.

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    1. Polly , thanks and no I haven't given him a name and you know I have never really thought of SMS as having a name which is odd really or is it just that quirky thin I have again

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  4. Your dribbles and splashes in the BG really give the whole portrait a great theme. Intense gaze that you nailed, and such a great exploitation of the watercolor medium. Beautiful job, Lorraine.

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    1. glad the has come over we'll Terry as they certainly have that stare down well

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  5. This is gorgeous! You captured the quirky face and feel of this creature so well.

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  6. Lorraine, I just love your emu painting, especially the eye! AND such a wonderful encompassing title.

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  7. Oh wow love it Lorraine - I've got a similar photo lined up to paint in the ever increasing list of 'I just have to paint that' - as you say they are great subjects to paint - quirky and fun, love how you've done him! I wonder if Caroline took this photo at South Lakes where I got mine from - they have the emus running free there so you can get up real close (if you dare)

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  8. Thanks Sharon, glad they roam freely in that Park

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