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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Connie" ~ watercolor figure by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

15" x 22" Watercolor and Acrylic with Collage

I took a photograph of one of my Canvas by Canvas "sisters" at a bridal shower this summer and I have been wanting to paint it since. Several days ago I got out my Carla O'Connor Daniel Smith Gold Gesso (I love this stuff) and looked over my Liz Hill notes and got to work and finished the painting today. Liz likes to draw in charcoal and that's what I did first before I used watercolor for the features. I did not spray it and Liz says use a light hand and it won't smear. I used some stamping and some collage papers that I'd printed. I usually like to give my ladies red hair but Connie is a blond so I opted for some lavender tones and exaggerated the amount of hair and the color.

You will probably be seeing more paintings of Connie and Maryann, another "sister", as we had a model/photo session yesterday and played dress up and tried to pose like a "real" model. We had hats, long black gloves, scarves, strapless stuff, long skirts and head wraps. We laughed so hard it's a wonder our chair didn't fall off our prop stage, but the model fee was modest. At age 74 just how serious can it be if you're in your San Miguel ruana and a strapless old KMart top. It just cost Connie and I Maryann's lunch since it was her birthday. The Mexican restaurant even threw in a Happy Birthday serenade and a sopapilla with whipped cream and a cherry.

Wanna have some girl friend fun and it doesn't even have to be your birthday. Get your friends together and have each one bring some outrageous clothes, dress up and take some photos for later paintings. Be sure and include someone in a do-rag. Connie has already named the painting where I was wearing one of Maryann's scarves around my head in a do-rag fashion with my Terminator arms exposed as "Waitin' for Willie". On second thought we may want to hire a model next time.

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Connie Michael said...

Love the painting, Nancy, and love the blog, too. We do have a good time don't we?! You made me look so good in this painting I think I now need to dye my hair purple! :)

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks, Connie.. you were and are a great model. Maybe I'll do a Connie series and try out all my palette colors for your hair..

Pcasso said...

I LOVE your painting of Connie. You really captured her. Can't wait to see Maryann.

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

This is a wonderful fun painting. I want to have an artist "girl" party now!

Nancy Standlee said...

Paula, do it. If you don't get any good photos you can always use them for bribery or birthday cards. We went to Walgreens and had cd dupes and we sure quizzed the guy about not finding these on YouTube.

Deborah said...

What a fun idea for an "Art Party" with girlfriends....I am going to try that sometime. Results from a a fun time = a very cool painting!


Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks, Pat. I will enjoy planning Maryann's next and may have to do one of me..

Nancy Standlee said...

Deborah, that would make a great party. Invite me, please. And Paula too.. see the great hat she has on in the comments.