Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Feminine Mystique

My images are primarily based on haute couture fashion portraits from ages past. I would love to have beautiful women posing for me in high fashion, but this is just not the case. Thus I settle for the glamour shots of Edward Steichen and other 1920s and 1930s photographers from which to derive my inspiration.

I sit with a photograph I fancy for hours. Studying the curves of the body, the lines of the dress and the expression of the model ignite a creative spark within. I begin to draw. I may alter her nose, fill in her lips, add a dress bow, change her hairstyle in order give her a bit of a modern sensibility and make her my own. Then I paint. Using gouache, I first see the painting in my mind's eye. I must have a complete visualization before I can paint. I mix the colors using whatever subconscious force brought me there to begin with.

Painting quickly so the gouache dries evenly, the most time-consuming process is the thinking, the visualization. The actualization is rather hurried as I have learned over the years not to over think; to use that inner-drive that forces my creativity.

This painting was executed as part of a series of wine labels for Stella Fino Winery in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful and beautiful piece. I love it. I wish I could model for you!


Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I wish I could design wine labels! And you know, I buy wine just because of the label all the time. I'd definitely buy a bottle with your lable on it.

Thanks for letting me link, too. Happy creating!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Great post and blog! I have often thought I should have been born back then. It was a romantic time where technology didn't rule everyone's life.