Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! The image for today’s post is of an etching of my mom. She was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada when she was nine. Though she never made much of a fuss about the 17th of March, it’s still a good day to remember my favorite Irish lady.
Today’s post is from an old exercise where you paint a portion of a painting trying to be true to the original, and then do another version where you use subjective colour. Vinnie would understand.
My 10 year old self – not exactly J.B.
Today’s painting is another version of a Van Gogh self-portrait preserved in a Mason jar. The original portrait is magnificent and is on display at Musée d’Orsay. If you’re a fan of Mr. Van Gogh you should try to see the movie “Loving Vincent”, it’s well worth a view.
Today’s painting is of my sister “Sheila”. Today would have been her 63rd birthday. Sheila had Down syndrome and was full of the joy of life. She was kind to her little brother and would pose for me as I tried to improve my drawing skills. She is greatly missed.
Today’s watercolour is from around 30 years ago, yikes!
Today’s painting Pentimento is from several years ago. A pentimento is when a painting has been changed, and you can see parts of the previous work. It often shows that the artist has changed his or her mind about the composition as they worked on the painting. In my case I wanted to layer several aspects of my grandmother’s life into one picture. Included in the piece is an image from a studio photo done in Ireland. There is also a boat to represent the one she immigrated to Canada on. Another layer shows an image of a goat to represent the one she had an unfortunate encounter with when she was in her eighties (that led to a broken hip). Finally there is a layer with some flowers to represent her beauty.