Tuesday, 16 February 2016

What is Mona Lisa Missing?

Imagine the Mona Lisa.
Close your eyes and picture her - what is she missing?
The answer is at the end of this post.

There is a book Mon Lisa Reimagined.
I am not buying this book (though I really want it) I am not buying any more books (I wonder if I am going to listen to me). the cover alone was inspiring.  How do you interpret the Mona Lisa.  I actually didn't want to see the book before painting my own version. I wanted to be original and not influenced by other artists.

5minutesfromcool.blogspot.ca Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa Reimagined

Did you figure out what Mona LIsa is missing?  Her eyebrows.  If you don't believe me check it out. She really doesn't have any. Definitely overplucked. Isn't wonderful how when you paint or draw something you really notice and look at the subject.  Now I know and you do too.

I just checked - it's in the library. 
And available.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Its Show time

I'm in a show in the Dollard Centre for the Arts, in  Dollard des Ormeaux, with the following artists;
Deena Dlusy-apel
Dorothy Grostern
Rita Briansky
Shirley Katz
Stephen Cooper.

Except for Stephen Cooper, I have taken courses from each of the artists.  I don't know who Stephen Cooper is but if he wants to teach me, I would be game.  I can't believe that I will be showing in the same room as Rita Briansky.  She is a wonderful artist, great teacher and has a wicked sense of humour.  I admire  her very much. Here are the paintings I will be showing.  It was very hard to take a picture with the light fixture in the way.

Here is just one of them up close.  

I have to deliver them tomorrow and if it was up to me I would just keep painting until the last minute but the critic says put the brush down.  I always listen to the critic, well most of the time.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 30 Save the best for Last

The last day.  Part of me is happy to see this project over since I don't feel comfortable working from other people's photographs but on the other hand I don't see dead people  and even if they were alive they wouldn't pose for me anyway.  I did get into a groove and did an extra one just to show the progression.
Day 4
Spock Day 30

But just like the middle of the Oreo or the cherry on top I saved the best for last.  This is my all time favourite actor.  I say this without prejudice.  Just because she is our daughter has nothing to do with it.  The painting doesn't flatter her.  I like the sketch but she is much prettier - check her out at Elana Dunkelman

The critic and I are blessed to have 2 wonderful children, well now adults.There is nothing better than that.  

Friday, 29 January 2016

Day 29 Please Help me find this painting

Sometimes when I watch a move I spend equal amount of time watching the artwork.  The proposal was okay but not as good as the artwork in her office.  I have watched "As Good as it Gets" just to see the paintings.  The paintings by the character Simon were really painted by Billy Sullivan, but I would like to know who painted this one;
It is  terribly fuzzy but it is a screen capture from Melvin's apartment.  Here is my painting from the movie as good as it gets.

Jack Nicholson is fun to paint because he has so much character in his face.  Older people in general are easier because you just paint between the lines.  

Here is another view of the painting I am trying to find;
Any help would be appreciated.  You would think that there would be a website for paintings.  I know there are a couple for houses and locations in movies but I don't know of any for artists.  They don't even get acknowledged.  Even the accountants are recognized.  Somebody should start a protest. 
What I mean is somebody else should do it - I'm off to my studio.  

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Day 28 - Too Early for Flapjacks?

Tough choice for this quote.  I liked Bill Murray in a lot of movies, but there was a time I think I watched GroundHog Day about once a week.  My children would come in and complain but they would stay to watch.  There is something about the idea of time stopping and letting you catch up with things.  I like to think how great my painting skill would become.
Our favourite line was "Too Early for flapjacks? This is from IMDB.COM.
Supposedly Paul Lynde was the inspiration for one of the film's more famous lines. After a high-speed chase through the San Fernando Valley one night when he was driving recklessly while intoxicated, Lynde crashed his car into a mailbox. The police came to the car, guns drawn, and he lowered his window and said, "I'll have a cheeseburger, hold the onions, and a large Sprite." Another account has the scene inspired by an incident involving comedian Shecky Greene in Las Vegas. One night, while intoxicated, he drove his car into the big fountain in front of Caesar's Palace. As bystanders pulled him out, with water from the fountain raining down onto his car, he shouted, "Clean the floor mats and no hot wax!"
Too Early for FlapJacks
The other quote I was tempted to use was "It Just Doesn't Matter" from  Meatballs - his first starring movie.  His team is losing to another summer camp and everyone is sad. He rants over and over "It just doesn't matter" because even if they do win, the girls will still like the other team.  I think he said it a little better than me.  

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Stop Whining

Who doesn't love Maggie Smith.  so much to admire. She had cancer while filming Harry Potter.  She managed to look on the bright side,"There are advantages to cancer. YOu know.  My chemo cheered up the makeup department on Harry Potter because the wig went on a great deal easier without a single hair on my head"  

There were so many quotes from Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey.

"What is a Weekend"
"Vulgarity is no substitute for Wit"
"I am never wrong"
"I' so sorry I thought you were a waiter"
"At my age, one must ration one's excitement"

I fell in love with this one

"You're a woman with a brain and reasonable ability, stop whining and find something to do"
Stop Whining
Really god advice, maybe I'll even take it.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Day 26 Moon River

Someone who I am sure meant well suggested Audrey Hepburn.  I am pretty sure they meant well, but I panted all day yesterday, did 3 versions and still ended up with a painting that doesn't look like her at all.  Ms. Hepburn I am sorry.
Audrey had a tough start in Hollywood.  Bogart wanted his wife in Sabrina and said she couldn't act. The movie, Breakfast at Tiffany was written for Marilyn Monroe and she was nervous every time the author was on set.Still she was amazing on and off set.

 She did have big feet and wore size 10 shoes.  Other then that she was perfect.