Friday, February 17, 2012

Lara - Finished Painting

Lara is quite different from my other paintings if simply for the fact that she has blond hair!
I am so enjoying painting these women at the moment! Each one of them is different and with none of them do I know how they will look in the end.
It was the same with this one. And I'm so happy I am painting on collaged papers again - I did this in the very beginning of my painting life three years ago and then sort of got away from it. I love texture and the depths I get from a layer of papers.
Lara
11 x 14 inch acrylic painting
available for purchase in my Etsy store
My friend Cathy (Artsy Butterfly) inspired me to share this painting over at Paint Party Friday. And because her hair looks very fluid to me as it blows in the breeze, I am also entering her in this week's Illustration Friday Exhibit.

I'm already on to the next painting and can't wait to show you!

P.S. I loved all your comments on my previous post about coffee or tea! I am drinking tea right now, but I think later this morning I'll go by my favorite cafe in town (on my way to the print studio) for a latte...

49 comments:

CaroKunstversuch said...

So very, very cool, Silke!!!!!!!!!Don´t ever stop drawing women from your heart! Love, Caro

Elisabeth Palzkill said...

Liebe Silke,

von einem Besuch bei dir,
lässt liebe Grüße hier

Elisabeth

Cathy Bueti said...

Silke I saw you post this on FB and smiled when I saw the blond hair!! Love it!! Its so much fun watching your girls come to life!! :)

Victoria said...

Yay Silke..Happy PPF! Happy you are here!
I Love her..the movement in her hair really cpatures me..and that wonderful gaze...she is secretly Venus I think..for she also conjures the feeling of waters..and the beautiful blue seas!Gorgeous! Awesome color palette..and as always your women are soulful and inspiring!
Victoria

Netty said...

Loving Lara, she looks very self assured and a strong mind. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

Debbie said...

She's beautiful. I agree -- the collage is adding very interesting texture.

Ginny said...

She is beautiful. There is a depth to her eyes that makes me want to know what she is thinking. Your love for what you are doing comes through your work.

Carolyn Dube said...

The hair is eye catching! The way it flows creates such feeling and movement!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Silke!!! Lara is amazing....I love the movement in her hair and the shading....you did a fantastic job!!! I can see you are enjoying your painting lately.....

bookbabie.com said...

Lovely painting style and blog! And I also like your hair, my dream cut and style (and probably my natural color by now!) but not sure I could pull if off as well as you do:)

SHERI C said...

She is beautiful.
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook
Happy Horse Studio

Silke said...

Danke, Caro!! :)

Silke said...

Liebe Elisabeth,

Ich freue mich immer ueber einen Besuch von dir!!

Alles Liebe, Silke

Silke said...

I know - I don't think I've painted many women with blonde hair! I discovered though that yellow ochre and titanium white makes a beautiful color for light hair! :)

Silke said...

I love that part of her secretly being Venus - there is something about her that reminds of water, isn't there? I just love her face and keep staring at it. She looks so serene to me... something I wish I were... :-)

Silke said...

Thank you, Annette! Nice to meet you! I'm off now to visit your blog. :) Silke

Silke said...

Thank you, Debbie! I am just coming from your blog - I love your encaustic paintings. I'm going to have to give that a try one of these days...

Silke said...

Thank you, Ginny! I really like, too, how her eyes turned out. I love when the eyes come to life on the canvas - for me that's when the personality of the painting sort of comes out. :) Silke

Daniele Valois said...

Oh I love her hair. Like really love her hair. :) I so want a latte right now!

Silke said...

Thanks, Carolyn! Hair has only recently started to get my attention - I used to not like painting hair at all. I like the way it turned out in this painting. :)

Silke said...

Thansk, Diana!! I love painting right now... and I plan to keep going with it! :)

Silke said...

Every once in a while I think I should color my hair again or grow it out, but then I don't. I really love having my hair short ... and silver. :)

Silke said...

Thank you, Sheri!! So glad to have met you through PPF!! :)

Silke said...

Thank you, Daniele! :) Enjoy that latte if you get one...

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I love her hair and blond hair is a real pain to paint so impressed that you captured it so well.. heading back to look at the last post as I am an avid tea girl and now I am all curious...xx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely creation ~ well done ~ so natural looking ~namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF ^_^

Mary C. Nasser said...

I do love the texture and effect of your painting on collage paper! It does have a lot of depth and richness to it!
I want to try painting on collage papers now, too!
Thanks for the inspiration!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

stregata said...

Oh, I absolutely love this woman, Silke! I am entranced. She is gorgeous.

kj said...

hello lara, now what are you looking at? it's not quite right, is it? you are wise to be cautious, and yet you are curious.... your hair is very cool.

and silke, i see replys here. you figured it out! i'm trying to figure out myself if my word verif is a problem. i'm happy to shut it down if it is. our comments are so precious, like hersey's candy kisses, each one....

love
kj

Kay G. said...

Dear Silke,
I think that I would love this painting just for the expression of her eyes alone.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hello wonderful! I completely agree about the layers! It is something I have been working with again this last month and oh how I love what it gives to a piece. Of course, I am especially partial to my piece from you with all the rich painting and paper layers! I want you to know how Lara strikes a chord with me. She is just astounding, the lines around her, the angle, the hair!!! She is a Boris Pasternak masterpiece, even if that wasn't your inspiration;) I love it. She would be ideal even on a tshirt, for goodness sake, she is so cool. Well, have a grand weekend. Blessings, Amy

carlarey said...

Isn't it fun to start painting and see who emerges? I love just letting the paint take me where it wants to go. Lara looks like someone I'd like to know.

Silke said...

Hi Tracey! Thank you so much for the kind comment on the hair - it's so hard for me to paint that I am actually quite proud of this one. ;-) And I'm so glad to have found another fellow tea drinker...

Silke said...

Thank you so much!! I'm so glad we met through PPF - what a great group of artists that is!! :)

Silke said...

Isn't this the most fun thing about blogging, Mary, that we get so inspired from each others' creations that we constantly want to try new things... Must go look what you've been up to!! :) Silke

Silke said...

Thank you, Renate!! Entranced - that's how I feel when I look at the jewelry you create... Hugs, Silke

Silke said...

Yes, I figured out the reply thing - I just had to choose to have my comments embedded in the post rather than as a pop-up window. And aren't those word verifications a pain now? I can hardly ever read the one that's slanted and two-toned. What were they thinking?!? :-)

Silke said...

Dear Kay! Yes, the eyes - I always love the eyes. That's when a painting comes alive to me when I have painted the eyes and find out who this woman wants to be. :)

Silke said...

Thank you, dear Amy!!! Yes, you know how much I love to work in layers and with paper and paint and everything else!! ;-) And thanks for your comments about Lara - she really strikes a chord with me as well. There's something about her. Not sure what, but I like it! :) So glad you stopped by! :) Silke

Silke said...

Yes, yes, yes - that's how I work as well. It's the best, isn't it?! :) Silke

Beadwright said...

Before I read what you had to say about her hair, my thought was, "Her hair has motion." Very nice art
Nicole/Beadwrigth

Silke said...

Thank you so much, Nicole! Off to visit your bog now... :) Silke

Ayala Art said...

She turned out beautiful!

Katie L. White said...

Yes! Very good!!

JKW said...

She is terrific. Her personality comes through. Blessings, Janet PPF

EVA said...

Welcome to PPF, Silke!

I have often visited and admired your paintings, knitting and travel photographs! It's great to have you join us at PPF!

Lara is gorgeous! So pensive - definitely wonder what is on her mind... I really like the blue of the background too - wonderful contrast!

Annabelle said...

Lara is romantic in her far away gaze. A beautiful name as well ....reminds me of a fav movie.
Welcome to PPF ; )

mopeds said...

This painting so lovely. In this painting background is very nice. I am so impressed by that. I really appreciate for your work. You have a paint such a beautiful lady.

Lisa Holtzman said...

This is my favorite favorite painting of yours! The movement of her hair, the colors and texture, the look on her face. Lara conveys such feeling too. Love it!!!