Last week I didn’t do very much in my art journal. I did start a page on sunday evening. Continued with it on monday and then put it all away. Didn’t touch it all again till thursday when I remembered the challenge over at Mix It Monthly for may/june. The prompt was yellow vintage girl goes Picasso. This sparked something with me and I went looking for some picasso inspiration and some vintage inspiration. Fliddled around a bit with that and ended up with this.
Which is not at all how I started the page.
I actually started out with some collaging on the page.
Journaled all over it and then did some doodling. Nothing fancy, just some flowers and a butterfly.
Then put it away, because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted with the page. On monday evening I picked my art journal up again and apparently I wasn’t feeling very happy, as I covered my butterfly and flowers up with some green paint and scratched all over it.
I did feel better though, after doing that. I don’t believe the page agreed…
So I put it away again untill thursday when I thought of the Mix it up Picasso challenge. Now I’m afraid I may not have read Piarom’s promt very well. I did incorporate the two pictures she gave, but I used them more as an inspiration.
The first picture I used as inspiration for the vintage time period. I had this picture of a vintage lady and I liked the colors.
I then found this painting by Picasso, that I liked very much. Nice and warm colors and the green, well there was already a lot of green on my page. (I hope it’s alright to show the picture, but I believe it is in the public domain)
I didn’t feel like printing and then painting over Piarom’s second picture and as my mind was set on painting and not collaging I skipped that step.
I used the lady’s face and angle, but the pose from the left figure in Picasso’s painting. I also used the colors in the Picasso painting as a guide for my page.
Started out with outlining her in white stabilo pencil.
Added some soft yellow and shading with a black stabilo pencil and soft pastels.
Detailed it a bit more with orange, brown and black acrylic paint.
Felt it needed more yellow to stay closer to the prompt and because she was still too soft. I mixed my green with yellow as well, so I used a lot of yellow paint. Made her a bit more picassoy, well I gave it a shot…
I love the texture of the page with all those layers. Almost leathery.
Added a quote from Picasso that I felt was appropriate to what I was doing.
And ended up with a page that I do and don’t like. When I look at it with a forgiving eye, I like it. When I look at it with the eyes of the perfectionist that lives within me, not so much. Now I could fiddle on with it for many, many more hours, but as I need to learn how to let go, I will call it a day and post it here. Posting it means it’s done, go and do something else. Leave well enough alone. So that’s what I did, it’s not perfect, but it got me going again and washed away some of the dust of my life.
Thank you all for watching and I hope you like my Picasso meets vintage mixer =).
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