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Friday, May 13, 2011

The story of a painting


This name kept popping up all over the Blogland lately. Artist named Flora Bowley. I went to check her out. Oh, I like her style. Everyone is taking her live workshops.

But Flora!

Why don't you have an on-line workshop for far away people like me?

Anyway. I was under her impression and got out my biggest canvas so far and started throwing paint at it.
Loved it!
Loved the not thinking.
Loved the faith in everything’s gonna be O.K.
Loved the texture.
Love the process itself.

Than I thought, what am I gonna put on this one?

No, not a whimsy girl.

Let’s go with a crow.

I’m sorry I don’t have a pic but I totally forgot. But believe me it was an outline of a crow. But then I got to thinking and I was all panicky that black bird on red background will associate too closely to nazi symbolism. I was not making that kinda statement.

So I painted a whimsy girl over it. It kind of coincided with the wing and out came an angel. :)

Than I found this abstract painter Peter Dranitsin. So I tried his technique on the angel’s dress.
Loved it!
Now, it clashes with the background.
Oh, let’s paint over it.
Brilliant idea!
Oh, wait.
Not so much.
This white did not come out as I planned. (second painting on the first photo)
Do over!

So here she is in all her glory. I might call her "Black angel". I'm still deciding about those blue squares on the left bottom. Canvas size is 50x70 cm. (19,5"x27,5")

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34 comments:

  1. Prekrasni radovi Nataša!
    Lijep pozdrav i ugodan vikend.

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  2. A beautiful angel! Valerie

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  3. Gorgeous painting ! I'll check her out, you made me curious ;-)

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  4. Beautiful angel Natasha! Love the colors too. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Beautiful angel- I LOVE her Crow's wing and I also LOVE hearing your process! It's nice to see other people change their work as they go too!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  6. Thanks for sharing your step by step - I love hearing how others' art evolves. I haven't heard of those other artists so I'll go visit...

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  7. nice work, i'd even just hang the background, great colour.

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  8. She turned out GORGEOUS! I love seeing your process. And I love the texture, the colors and everything you've done here! Wonderful work! And you went BIG! Oh, that's something I want to do... you are an inspiration! ;)

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  9. She is beautiful. I'd still like to see you paint a crow, too.

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  10. She's gorgeous! The drips are lovely and her face is beautiful! And it's so great that you had such fun with the painting! I loved being able to see your progression, too!

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  11. I love your whimsy girls and this one is as beautiful as always!! I must go and look up this Flora lady as yours is the second blog this evening who has mentioned her! BTW - did you change your blog banner - it looks great - your dogs are beautiful!

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  12. Hi Valerie! I love how your painting turned out, and seeing your process. I loved the edginess of your crow too! I wouldn't have associated the red and black and crow with anything Nazi. I love that you challenged yourself to go with it and just paint. There's something so liberating about not thinking when you're painting, isn't there? I haven't heard of the other two artists, but I will go check them out - thanks for posting!

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  13. Thanks for sharing your process. Next time keep the red and black; I wouldn't have associated it with Nazi unless there was some other thing along with it like a swastika or something. Happy PPF!

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  14. Look at you and your work here Natasha, so cool!! I love the process as you described(O:

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  15. It's fun to see how this evolved!

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  16. Wow, I love the birth of this painting! I love how you've taken us on a wild journey and made this into a fantastic piece of art! Thanks for sharing...and for the inspiration.

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  17. Such cute painting! Very cute! I happened to take a Flora Bowley class. She was awesome.
    Flora Bowley does have a website. She also has an online shop where you can buy some of her goodies. She is fantastic and so are you!

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  18. Very cute painting. Love the drippy colors. Great Work! ;)

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  19. Uh, tebi se pa res zelo splača vztrajati!!

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  20. Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing the evolution of your painting, so inspiring and makes you want to slosh about. Loving your angel. Annette x

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  21. wow, sooooooooo much work - beautiful. I would have loved to have seen the crow...
    cheers, dana

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  22. She is lovely.. thanks for the sharing of the process of the painting..I have yet to try a big canvas.. will go check out the other artists that you mentioned.. have a lovely weekend..x

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  23. What a fun process Natasha! She's wonderful!

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  24. What great variations your painting has gone through! They are all lovely but I know how hard it is to get it just the way you want. I too liked the crow on red and wouldn't have thought of or known that symbolism.

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  25. An angel that grew out of crow's wings....magical! Loved learning about your journey to this painting and of course caused me to be curious about those artists...will check them out later....thanks for the heads up.!

    Annabelle

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  26. I LOVE the evolution of this painting..and the contrast going on are brilliant...the strong black wing and drips against the bold red,with the gentile white hair and angelic face..then the circles and boxes. stunning! :)x

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  27. i love how reading how you got the painting where it is at!! and it is one awesome painting also!

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  28. I found it interesting that you tell us what your were thinking and how this painting came about!! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  29. Absolutely perfect...and thanks for the process pictures...I always enjoy those!

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  30. It is important to know how a work appears in the artist's mind ...Very good, un saludo

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  31. This process you shared helps me for sure - we all go through the feelings and thoughts about only making art if it's sellable, or is perfect. Thanks for sharing and I TOTALLY agree about Flora - would LOVE to take a course but she's far far away ;-)

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous x

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  33. Ah Natasha, I was one of the lucky people on Flora's workshop last week. She is amazing. What an inspiration. Why not contact her to organise a workshop in Slovenia? You never know...

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  34. This is really COOL


    Love Dawn xx

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