Blizzardish Blues

 Gauche, Oil Pastel, Metallic Paint, Micron Pen, Pencil

Gauche, Oil Pastel, Metallic Paint, Micron Pen, Pencil

The weather forecast called for two feet of snow this mid March day. Luckily, only about 8" fell in Manhattan... unluckily, most of it icy. 

I think, looking out of our snowy apartment window all morning, that the blue-toned street corner inspired me to paint a cool-toned work.

I stumbled upon an old Gotham Magazine tear of Naomi Watts draped in a Delpozo gown, SS2016 - a $28,450 piece. Not the painting (yet) but the dress. ;) 

She's so naturally lovely and I found her pose really charming, casual and cool.

The tear was also printed in black and white - perfectly how I prefer images I paint from to be. Without colored images, my color choices are free and uninfluenced. This is also the reason why so many of my portrait paintings are created with the absence of true flesh tones. 

There are already so many perimeters on how we interpret the world - I'd rather not embrace many of them in my artwork.

So, liberties were taken, Delpozo, my apologies. 

Why doesn't it look like Lady Watts, you ask? Well, when I work, I really just want to be inspired by the person, place or object, not really wanting to replicate them exactly as they are. That's why we have cameras, no? ;) That said, my hats off to any realistic painter; an enviable talent.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blizzardy-babe painted in gauche today.

Stay colorful and cozy,
Rachael