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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Thing Leads to Another: The First Ball

"The First Ball" 16 x 20 inches (400mm x 500mm) Water-soluble Oil on Canvas
R2500 / $250 SOLD
When I started going in the direction of softer works, I halted and said: 'No, this is not me!" but little did I know that the Impressionistic works would open the door to some delightful commissions. On seeing the Monet-like work, the mother of my young model, Kayla, whom I painted in a confident pose with an umbrella in a previous painting, asked me to do a special large painting from a photograph. What a wonderful image she sent me, and this is the result on a 16 x 20 inch canvas.

I loved doing the half-plaited look of Kayla's hair and the soft loose curls of her dark-haired friend who is also called Kayla. The painting holds for me not only the image of specific people. It becomes a universal expression of the joy of being young, as these girls approach a castle-like building to attend their first ball in pretty chiffon dresses. This is one of the many moments in a young girl's life on her way to adulthood.

The painting was done in W&N water-soluble oil paints, my new must-have product. It is amazing to work with, and I do not thin the paint at all.  To read more on the product, here is a link to Lori McNee's website.

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    1. Thank you, Cath! Your photos are wonderful!

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  2. New directions means new opportunities, I am so glad one lead to the other. This is a stunning piece, the young are not facing this way but still can feel their exuberance and energy!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely words padmaja.....you just made me realize that the kids also face away from us towards their future!

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  3. You've really captured the excitement of youth in this piece, Marie. It is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry, I am glad that you can feel tjis too. Their future is filled with dreams of ball dresses!

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