Friday, November 19, 2010

Visit to Dr. Baker's Lounge

Clint and I in Dr. Baker's Bistro at the Crescent Hotel
in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Clint and I had a wonderful week, we went on a little vacation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri.  Wednesday evening we ate at Dr. Bakers's Lounge on the 4th floor of the historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.  What a place!  There were so many blog ideas and I made a ton of pictures.

The painting at the Crescent Hotel done in a "Klimt" style.  I loved the painting
and the use of gold leaf, swirls and spirals.

The painting behind us in the photograph was painted in the style of Gustav Klimt 1862-1918, an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.  Klimt's primary subject was the female body.  He used gold leaf in his paintings and often a motif of spirals and swirls.  I really liked this painting in the bistro.

"The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt,

"Adele Bloch-Bauer" by Klimt sold for $135 million in 2006.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Other Girl from Ipanema

"The Other Girl from Ipanema"
4.5" x 7" micro pen sketch with watercolor
November Virtual Paintout submission

Today I completed a little Micro Pen sketch with watercolor for this month's Virtual Paintout, the blog of Bill Guffey.  I actually got something submitted early (don't go into shock, Bill :-))  I usually get my submission in on the very last day, the last few hours.

Using Google Street Map, I could see the image of a girl crossing a busy intersection in the Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro.  Bill selected this month's city of Rio de Janeiro for the November Virtual Paintout.  It is such fun!  It is quite amazing how much I am learning about different cities around the world.

We have the option to change what we would like when we paint a scene. I gave this girl long hair and a different print skirt.  Can't wait to see the ideas of the other Virtual Paintout artists.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Feminine Mystique

Feminine Mystique
Pastels, Pastel Pencils
3.5" by 7"

Today's artwork is a submission to Bill Guffey's blog, the Virtual Painout.  Each month he selects a location from around the world, artists search for painting subjects using Google Stree Maps in the chosen location.  It is fun to "travel" different cities each month, looking for different subjects.

While searching San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I discovered this mysterious blonde woman sitting on the sill of an open window.  The instant I saw it I knew I had my subject. 

The drawing was done in pastels and pastel pencils, measures 3.5" by 7".

(Yay for me, my first posting of my artwork on this new blog.)