Monday, June 9, 2008

Work in Progress


Years ago, a professor while critiquing a painting of mine, said, "I can always tell when a woman painted a picture because they paint the hair with so much detail" At the time I thought, 'what a sexist thing to say, just because we're female you think we all automatically care about hair?'. Many years later, I still think his comment was dumb, but I can't deny it for myself, I LOVE painting hair. My oldest daughter (in the above painting) has that great fine hair that's multi toned and a pleasure to paint. She had wacky hair day at school recently, I'm hoping next year she'll let me do one of these hairstyles, where art and hair meet.

I'm also fast becoming the Diane Fossey of crows in my neighbourhood. I'm at a point where I'm starting to notice individual characteristics about crows. They really all don't look exactly the same. Although it's becoming harder to get out lately without woollies and a sealskin parka. While half the country is sweltering in heat the west coast seems to be entering a new ice age. And it's June! Brrrr.

8 comments:

Hayden said...

you gave the raven's feathers the same detailed attention.....

;)

Hayden said...

oops. I meant crow.

I've been obsessed with ravens lately, as they've moved into our neighborhood.

tlc illustration said...

I know what you mean - I love doing hair as well. (I've had art directors tell me before to make sure the hair is 'not too perfect'... I tend to get lost in it if I'm not careful).

Ellen said...

Hayden: I was thinking how similar in a way fine hair and feathers are when I was painting it. I do love ravens too.

Tara: but fairies should have perfect hair no? I think your illustrations are sooooo lovely!

andrea said...

Hair is like grass -- fun to paint! The use of warm, brown tones here is fantastic. Lovely work. How big is this?

Ellen said...

Andrea: I somehow missed your comment, which goes agaist my new legislation of no comment left behind.
And you are most certainly the grass painting queen. I love how you render grass. I have little enthusiam for it, mine usually ends up as tonal blobs.

ingrid.randoja said...

Hey ellen. You really do capture your oldest daughter's hair! Your oldest daughter's aunt, Ingi!

Ellen said...

Ingi: Hey sis, you're reading my stuff, thanks. She sure has our hair that one.

(ps- found the old printouts of Klaus and Otto, Consuela and Guadelupe (Pam). Got a little itch to post it here as a series you know.)