Saturday, September 25, 2010

Illustration Friday 'Old Fashioned' and Sunday Sketches


Today I really felt the urge to paint a face with a lot more detail, lately I've been working on a more simple style of mine and my jewellery but now and again I really need to paint something a bit more!

When I saw the word for Illustration Friday I thought about one of my most favourite fashions through history. I love the look of the 1920's, the ladies were so beautiful but fragile looking. I think that it looked like a lot of fun. My Great Grandmother was in her twenties throughout the 1920's and I think that she had a wonderful time when she was younger dressing up in all the latest fashions and going out dancing. I've seen photos of my great granny when she was young and she was a very very beautiful woman. Even in her nineties I remember how striking her blue eyes were. So I tried to include those eyes in my 1920's lady!

21 comments:

Doodle Isle said...

What a beautiful painting!!! Definitely an old fashion touch in it :D

Michele from Pipi La La said...

I love it - it remids me of old movies! and I adore her pink flower!

Debbie said...

Her blue eyes are georgeous! Love this painting Nicola.

Heather said...

How gorgeous!!! I love her beautiful green dress, it really pays tribute to that era. great rose detail. I like the brush stroke work on her arms too, xxoo

Cathy Bueti said...

Love this painting! I think you captured the essence of that time well! Nice job! :)

Fair Rosamund said...

Oh I love this!! Such a fun time, and you captured it so well! :) I love that striking green dress. ~Lauren

Jessie said...

This is lovely! I also love how it's inspired by your great grandmother, it's a lovely tribute to her. The colours are gorgeous! :) x

Kelly Berkey said...

what a beautiful painting nicola! how fun to be inspired by your beautiful grandma! muah!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Great illustration for the theme! My grandmother was in her 20's in the twenties...I wish she were still around to tell the stories.

Kristin said...

OHHHH! One of my favorites (again!) - I just LOVE her! xo

Marlene said...

The Roaring 20's is one of my favorite era's for fashion also. You captured it beautifully.

Lenora said...

We really love this one! Love your style(s) Have not yet posted those painting we were going to show you, but we will let you know when we get to it!

Kristin Dudish said...

I totally got the 20's feel before I even read your post :)

What a wonderful tribute to your Great-Grandmother!

EVA said...

What a fabulous flapper!!! She is beautiful! And even more wonderful that she reminds you of someone so special!

Sophia said...

Beautiful, Nicola. I love your choice of the hunter green in this one. :)

lissa said...

I like your usage of colors, they compliment the face which is very expressive

Penny said...

When I saw this it took my breath away. Her beautiful eyes, looking so wistfully off into the distance. Gran loved keeping up with the fashions and I know she would have LOVED this painting. Well done Nic. xxx

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh my but she is a beautiful girl. Very well done Lady. I love that shy look on her face. She's a real doll. Her eyes and those red lips. Note to self. Get some red lipstick for the season. Anyway, thanks so much for you very sweet and kind words. You are always saying something to encourage and uplift. Just know that it's coming back to you dear heart. Keep working and honing your skills as an illustrator and one of children's books. I believe that we must keep saying it until it happens. Embrace doing the hard work and watch what happens. Trust me, if this is what you really want it's going to happen. Read every book you can get your little hands on and try all kinds of media. Don't limit yourself just to one. Try them all and mix it all up and see what happens with that. Most of all encourage yourself. Be proud of your hard work. Show it off. Share it. I believe that we are greater a whole lot greater than we think we are. Keep it moving forward my friend. Thanks again for the beautiful birthday words.
Big Hugs
V

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous, Nicola! I loved browsing your blog too!

Lori Saul said...

You have captured the essence and the "look" of that time period beautifully in this wonderful expressive painting. Love this!

georgianaillustrations said...

very nice! :)

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