Today I think I will tell you about another painting in progress, Princess Pearl. At least that’s what she’s called at the moment. I would like to think of something more clever, we will see. She may object to having a name change later. Sometimes paintings are stubborn.
This started out with a coat of gold spray paint.
You know, I did the same bass-ackwards thing AGAIN. I got the eyes and lips laid down using beads before getting the skin right. Is this not just common sense? Why do I do this to myself?
Right now I am really loving the headpiece. Only the blue is paint, everything else is beads and bits of broken jewelry. I liked the lips too but it looks like the eyes and lips need to come off. Otherwise it’s going to be a few hours of meticulously scraping little paint blobs off them. It’s hard to see here but the lips looked fantastic before they got paint blobs. The texture of the beads really hinted at the texture of a lip. Sheesh, I need to go back to painting kindergarten.
I am feeling very excited about the pearls for her hair though. I have thousands of them, in so many tones and sizes that I feel I can easily create shading and depth in space. Her whole hair will be pearls, coming down in a thick braid on one side.
I got these pearls from my Grandmother. I inherited all her craft supplies. I inherited them because I was the only one who wasn’t saying “Let’s throw all this junk out.” :-O
Here is Grams in about 1917:
Here’s a corny poem I wrote for her on that subject:
A poem to my Grammie Pie
I love you, Gramma. You know why?
You’re a magpie and so am I
People like to say “pack rat”
but I don’t like the sound of that.
Birds are sleek and rodents fat.
It isn’t avarice or greed,
It’s just that someday we might need
that certain button, shell or bead
to finish up some craft we do,
but ultimately have to few
and have to go and buy some, new.
That’s why I end up on the floor
when we are shopping in a store
and you tell me you need some more.
Then I go and buy some too.
That’s how it is with me and you.
I love you, Gramma, I truly do.
Oh snap! I should do one of these paintings of this photo! Yes! I will do that. I’m already getting ideas for the banisters.
Ok, well, I think I have decided to remove the eyes and lips *sigh* and start the face over. Thanks for letting me bounce it off you.