Saturday, June 11, 2016

Red Wall

DC: 196 BLUE

Who knows how these things work. I painted a blue female figure reclining against a red wall backdrop with the idea of entitling the piece, 'blue lady' but when it was finished it demanded to be called 'red wall.' In any event, this is my contribution to the art/drawing challenge for this week.

And what I thought was going to be a boob turns out more of a shoulder but hey, Picasso did transpositions of body parts so who am I to judge. HA! Anyway, this is my first acrylic painting. I pretended that the medium was oil (and I have never even opened a tube of oil never mind try it out) and just pushed the wet acrylic around on the ground while wet because I dislike how acrylic meets its neighbouring colours in a dried piece. The edges are way too edgy for my liking. I mean for loose compositions. Actually I haven't tried any kind of acrylic painting, so I'll be quiet about my opinion. I don't know what I'm talking about here. I loved trying this out and hope to do more.

The creative process is endlessly interesting. I started out painting with graphite watercolour, a crow perched atop a blue faced (coloured pencil with graphite watercolour) Krishna; went to a completely different piece [an angel in the clouds with stars, and things 'universe',] done with the graphite watercolour as I'm now getting the hang of it (learning curve) and like it a lot, combined with watery blue pencil, but then gold started wanting in, and pumpkin oranges, so it was growing way beyond a few hours' work; so I then moved over to this acrylic blue reclining figure. All in the space of an afternoon, evening, and next morning. Now it is the afternoon and I'm finished. Whew.

I am sending a very heart felt thank you to Patrice who is the host for this challenge. You really got me going my friend! All of the players who have joined in for this challenge can be seen here, which is Patrice's blog. There are links to all who contributed and you'll see a really interesting mix of expression.

Thanks for popping in today. Norma, x

p.s. here's my rejected Krishna (line drawing transfer to paper):

here's my rejected (for this challenge) angel with cloud hair, star and things universe done in graphite watercolour and coloured pencil:


  1. i think rejection works for you, norma. i am loving the japanese feel to this painting, which gets richer through the story you tell, and then steps into a life of its own. the reclining figure is saying it all. daring and convincing.
    ps - on eggleston, right, since you were courageous to use the photographic links chez moi? he's only showing work in the national portrait gallery this summer, in london, as i travel up there... looking forward to thàt!...

  2. Oh very Picasso and very fun Norma. Blue girl with red wall sounds just great for this challenge. Loving the gentle rejected drawings too. Keep going on those. :D

  3. Dear Norma,
    your Mail is here. Thank you so much. I love the Zine you made from my envelope.
    Also I like your blue-red girl. So, today I send you many greetings from Germany.
    yours Lucia

    1. Happy to hear the mail got to you. And, that you like it. Best, N, x

  4. I think blue is a very good color for a person, especially against a red wall! Your drawings of Krishna and the angel are both absolutely beautiful; I hope you'll share them when they're finished!

  5. Hi Norma, it clearly shows that painting, drawing and all creative act is an evolving thing, you start with an idea in your mind and it turns out to be different on the canvas an it starts to have a life on its own which demands that your react flexible on whats in front of you.
    Keep on going you never know where it leads to.
    Barbara bee

  6. i like that painting!
    simple and strong
    and blue looks fine against a red wall! ;^)))

    thanks for sharing
    and sharing how it works for you
    you always give me a smile on my face!


  7. it is a joy to see your sketches as well as your painting. i enjoy how things change, we might begin with an idea, but sometimes a piece has a mind of its own.


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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