Sunday, February 22, 2009

CD Cover 3

This lady emerged from the dark colors around her. All watercolor except the two lights in her eyes (tiny touches of white acrylic, gentled with my finger tip - yes, I paint with my fingers as well as with my brush and rags).

So far these are all over the map - each suggesting a different approach, a different style. They all feel familiar, though - mine, not imitations of something or someone else. That pleases me hugely - picture a Cheshire Cat grin on my internal face. I'll be wearing my beret at an extra jaunty angle on my walk with Dearest this afternoon.

>> Appendix de Grenouille <<
Etienne has been working diligently on these petit paintings. He has other work to be doing, and he is wickedly playing hooky (as he says) with these. I look down on them from my spot beside the red lizard, in the midst of the growing Dunny party, and wonder what will be next. Is there perhaps a grenouille in there anywhere?

But if no grenouille emerges, I have scant reason for complaint; Etienne has painted my portrait several times. In one painting I even appear more than once, including as a hill. Not everyone can claim to be a hill - but, then again, perhaps some would prefer not to inspire such a comparison? When you are as small as I, it is flattering to be imagined so large.

15 comments:

AlekSandra said...

Beautiful!

gianlucio said...

hello Steve, thanks to your comment I could visit your blog, very nice to the water with all the nuances of color, congratulations!
James in English is James. Now I just subscribe to your blog so I follow him more closely, I hope that you do for mine.
Hello to you soon!

Ciao Steve, grazie al tuo commento ho potuto visitare il tuo blog, molto bello l'acquerello con tutte le sfumature colorate, complimenti!!
Giacomo in inglese è James. Ora penso proprio di iscrivermi al tuo blog così lo seguo più da vicino, spero che tu lo faccia per il mio.
Ciao a presto!

Liberality said...

I like it. And getting physical with your work can only help right ;)

linda said...

this is wonderful and to me, seems to be shades of emil?

it is lovely and I hope maybe it comes to me but I won't set my hopes on it! ;) it is fascinating how different these all are and yet, I see a touch of your style in every one of them.

giggles said...

OK I really like this one... Is it spoken for? I'm asking.... if I read the rules right, I have to ask for it? (I'm not clear on the totality of the rules....!)

Fun, huh? It looks like you are having fun!!

PS Juno was really good, I agree.... I graduated from college with the stepmom, Allison Janney... (I love to share this little tidbit of info, but honestly? She wouldn't know me from Adam!)

Summer Kinard said...

These are so interesting! And I'm glad to see Grenouille again. If he's involved, you must be having fun. I'm convinced he is one of those garden key-hiders. Possibly he swallowed the key to your garden.

It's good to know that real artists finger paint, too.

June Saville said...

Isn't watercolour wonderful Steve? It's a gentle battle with exciting accidents that sometimes we try to control, and maybe let loose at others.
Colours can be wondrous ...
I love your embryonic lady.
June in Oz

Genie Sea said...

I picture you gigantic like the mighty Mount Everest :)

I love it when a form, a face, an image emerges from our wanderings with paint.

And yes, yesterday I painted, painted. I have the dirty finger nails to prove it. It's in its embryonic stage :)

Regina said...

Isn't it fun when a face appears in the paint. I would have feared it at one time, but I've been learning to embrace it as part of the process. This example of yours is really beautiful. I like that you didn't mess with it too much so that there is still such a sense of spontanaity (sp?).

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Steve Emery said...

Everyone - thanks so much! It's late, I've been working for days on my laptop on a work project, and I'm relly tired. But it's a happy tired. Thanks for so many warm wishes about my lady - she looks a little sad to me - I wonder what is on her mind.

It could be a while before I get back to these...

Odd Chick said...

I walked through your beautiful gallery again because these new images made me want to see the others. You have a magical way with paint.

Steve Emery said...

Odd Chick - Thank you very much. I love your new avatar.

Lisa said...

I love this one, too. She looks a bit haunted to me.

Or is it haunting? I can't decide.

I'm glad to see Grenouille again! He is so inspiring.

Steve Emery said...

Lisa - Good point - both, I think. I'm particularly pleased with the light on her - especially the light shining over her shoulder. That's what led to the rest.