Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Illustration Friday - Tango

She wished that, just once, someone would ask her to dance the Tango...

I never seem to get my act together to create artwork for the weekly Illustration Friday topic, so this week I made an extra effort.

This was something new I tried and I just love how she turned out! I worked on a 5 x 7 clayboard, did an image transfer all in greens as a background, which is all but painted over now. I then covered the whole board with molding paste and gave it texture before painting the image with acrylic paints. I love the color palate I used (very different for me) and the texture of the finished piece.

I have to say, I am always surprised with my paintings, especially when I paint people - their facial expressions sort of happen while I paint and I never know what they will look like when finished, but they always touch me in some way. The same with this woman - she tugs at my heartstrings!

And if she tugs at yours, she is available in my little Etsy shop.

19 comments:

Dolores said...

She may have to travel far to find someone who knows how to tango well. I really like the way she turned out.

aimee said...

this portrait is gorgeous, silke - and i really enjoyed your description of the process behind it!

Ren said...

I like the mood. Hopeful, somewhat wistful.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Hi Silke! She's quite lovely! The color choices are so rich and classy!
I also really like how you tell the story behind what you painted. It adds so much!
Hugs,
Darla♥

Beth said...

I love the texture of this piece. It almost looks like pastels to me. I also like the colors -- very rich -- and the contrast of light and dark tones.

A green-eye woman. Well, she may not be a good dancer, but I'm quite sure she is highly intelligent! :]

lilylovekin said...

Silke,another lovely painting. I always love to hear how you create a piece. This woman looks like she is dreaming of something-I guess a tango. Very nice.

Bobbi said...

Hi Silke, She's beautiful and I hope that she finds someone to do the Tango with her! The description is also awesome! Very, very lovely!
Hugs...
Bobbi

Mr. H. said...

Very nice Silke. I especially like the background and dark colors.

Lady P said...

it is so encouraging and fun to see you just blossom with your paintings
they are just all looking to be born through your loving hands

stregata said...

Beautiful, Silke! I especially like the colours you chose for this painting!

Julie said...

Gorgeous Silke...Quite possibly my most favorite yet! xx

WingingIt said...
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WingingIt said...

oops...a bunch of typos in the first comment...anyway...i love the use of the many layers and textures...i am not familiar with some of the products you used...i am looking forward to more!!! thanks for sharing

Coreopsis said...

I love her dreamy expression, and love the layering affect.

Gregor said...

Hey, thanks for your comment!

I like this background alot1

good work!

NANCY LEFKO said...

wonderful....I love the texture and colors.

BumbleVee said...

I feel the same way about my doll faces Silke...each is different, yet somehow a lot of them have a similar quality. I love the faces and love to see the experession emerge more and more as I do each bit of colouring....

Silke said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! This is so amazing - not to be doing my art in a vacuum, but to get to show it to you and get yoru feedback. It doesn't get any better than that! Thank you!! Hugs, Silke

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Well if those intense green eyes don't melt a mans heart, what will? Such a great painting.