2013-Amerique du Sud-Aged 19

This is the last thing I will paint before hopping off to school tomorrow. This woman personifies South America and she is the first painting of 2013 and the fourth in the continent series.

Unlike the others, this woman was created with more cultural inspiration. I looked at images from Machu Picchu to get ideas for the rock and ground. The background is based on the snowy mountains in Bolivia.

I placed the woman in a seated position to emulate the Incan sitting mummies. If I am historically correct, the Inca sacrificed a child to the gods by taking this child up to a mountain top. Once there, the children were killed or were allowed to die of exposure to the elements. In many cases the child was then placed in a sitting position, wrapped and naturally mummified. Today many such mummies have been found in the hilltops of Peru.

I also studied images of native South American women to capture the high, prominent cheekbones and braided hairstyles.

Amerique du Sud, 2013

Amerique du Sud, 2013

I have already painted women from:

The Middle East : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/2012-arabe-aged-19/

Far East Asia : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/2012-asie-aged-19/

and North America : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/2012-amerique-du-nord-aged-19/

Over the summer I will finally get to put together Africa and Europe.

2012-Nude#3-Aged 19

I painted this a long time ago but I waited to put it up while at school.

Nude#3, 2012

Foreground made with a brush, background made with knives and sponges.

FUN FACTS

  • I wish to one day draw a nude from real life.
  • I sold my first painting for $400 when I was about six.
  • I like vanilla and pistachio ice-cream.

For more nudes:  https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/2010-bring-in-the-men-aged-17/

2012-My Lady Greensleeves-Aged 19

So I just finished this painting last night. This painting is inspired by the song “Greensleeves”. It is a traditional English folk tune from the 16th century. The story goes that Henry VIII wrote the tune for his future queen Anne Boleyn. For those of you who are not familiar (or never watched “The Tudors”), Miss Boleyn played hard to get when the king first set his eyes on her and he only became crazier and crazier about her. So the ballad fundamentally says “How can I give you so much and you still don’t want me…my finely clad lady greensleeves.”

So here she is…My Emerald Lady .

My Lady Greensleeves, 2012

But of course it is most likely the promiscuous king never composed the song for chronological and technical reasons.  But whichever Mr./Ms.  Anonymous who did create the tune…hats off to you.

The song inspired other songs and at least one painting that I have seen. It is a song that is very visual with its lyrics; it describes a graceful beauty dressed most elegantly at court and is easily recognizable by the color of her clothes. It is very easy to translate into art.

So…initially I wanted to use watercolors to achieve the background effect but I learnt all too quickly that watercolor + canvas=not a good idea. Watercolor can stain the fabric but not actually stay and over time may eventually come off or fade. Plus the watercolor effect is best on paper. So I wiped off the original watercolor off on the bottom left hand side corner and recreated the pouring and diluted staining with oil paint.

It took careful planning and patience to create the halo around my lady’s head but I pulled it off without injury.

The colors I used are specifically : English green, sap green, Van Dyck brown, raw sienna, permanent violet (that’s what it says on the tube…dunno why it’s called permanent), cobalt blue, and cadmium red with the occasional black and white where needed.

So if you want to hear the song here it is…

I do not own this video or the song. It is here for entertainment purposes.

2012-The Thinking Persian-Aged 19

For no particular reason I decided to go back to Orientalism.

The Thinking Persian, 2012

FUN FACTS

  • As a child I thought the nose was an unsightly thing to put on someone’s face so I drew portraits without them.
  • Before I was born my mother always dreamed of a house full of paintings.  Then I came to do that for her.
  • For a moment, I wanted to become a forensic artist as a kid. Too many crime shows on TV.
  • I am officially a Ravenclaw.

2010-Bring in the men!-Aged 17

This is the year I began to paint men.

Nude #1, 2010 (Based on a photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden)

I was honored by my SEED co-editor when she put this on the cover of the magazine.

Nude #2, 2010 (Based on a photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden)

Tom Ford, 2010

…and the god of fashion himself.

EXTRAS

This is the year I performed as Maria in the school version of  “The Sound of Music” at the National Theater in Ghana.

Newspaper article on our show.

And this year I had my fourth art exhibition at the Hershel Gallery.

Me and my parents