Tuesday, August 31, 2010

PURITY

It's been a long while since my last post!  On my facebook page I posted a painting I had started that was fairly close to finished, and that was a while ago!  Really I looked at it almost every day and thought it shouldn't take me too much longer, but that would be if I gave myself the time to sit and work on it...and there have been more important things for me to do. Here it is...I am quite happy with it.  I debated having a solid black background or painting it a different color.  I decided to make it black but give it texture and interest by using some of my paintable papers with the embossed finish and painting layers over that...I really like the way it turned out. If you look straight on, it looks like a deep black, but when light hits it or you take a step to the side and look, you can see the great texture that the papers gave it.
This is the piece I posted while still in progress...
Here she is completed...
The crooked candle adds to the ambiance....
I think she came out quite nicely...
I added little beads and glitter to her crown...
I took this shot on an angle and with a lot of light coming through the window so you could see all of the texture that is in the background...

27 comments:

Laura Ludwig Hamor said...

Beautiful!

Kiki said...

Lori this is awe-inspiring beauty! the texture is wonderfully full of energy and presence and she has her own powerful gentle presence too..gorgeous! Wonderful work!
Victoria~

dandelion dreamer said...

truly captivating and full of feeling!

Chic de Cru said...

Breathing-takingly beautiful!!! Such innocent yet such poised determination of spirit. Deeply connected. Powerful and moving. Spiritually uplifting!! Thank you for sharing!!Charlotte

Kerri said...

she turned out so beautiful. and i love the jeweled crown...

Terri said...

She is gorgeous!

Carola Bartz said...

Wow, the last photo of it was truly amazing. That textured background is beautiful! I like that you took close-ups of details, I love the tiara, and her face is so serene.

Diana said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful work and child!

Janine said...

A beautiful job Lori! She looks like she can just get up and walk out of that portrait and breathe!

Diane said...

Oh, this is so excellent!!

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

I love all your paintings Lori, but this might be my new favorite! She really is beautiful and textured background turned out really cool.
♥Jenny

Artist Terri Smith said...

Took my breath away! Beautifully done! The crown was an awesome touch..but those sweet, penetrating eyes, they have such expression..they all but speak. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow! She is SO beautiful!! Gorgeous blue eyes. I ♥ all the texture. I am so glad that you joined us this week! It was wonderful to see what you have been working on! :)

Jacqueline said...

Lori, this is soo beautiful and very inspiring! I really adore the dollie background too. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to yoU!

jacqueline
http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

Rebecca said...

Lori,

This is absolutely beautiful! I love your technique and certainly your palette selection here...Wow!...And adding the texture to the background really gives it a magical quality.

Your artwork is amazing!

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Wow! This piece is amazing!

Jodene Shaw said...

Oh, she is beautiful. And with the textured on the black, it is so rich and breathtaking. I'm so glad you shared the photo that shows the texture. She is heavenly, exquisite. There is complex, multidimensional emotion in her... an aliveness and poignancy {is that even a word???} Anyway she is alive, real and poignant.

I do not know if she is supposed to represent Mary...but that was my immediate response to her.

You have such talent!
grace to you Lori,
~jodi

Jen said...

This is so detailed, so intricate. Thrilling, really.

sonyamacdesigns said...

I with Janie ... she looks like she could just peacefully walk away ... I love your courage to add bit of sparkle ... beautiful!

Kim Henkel said...

Yes Absolutely beautiful!Everything about it is stunnings!

Shariyah said...

She is gorgeous!! I love the expression on her face- such innocence. It reminds me of the old masters paintings... I'm happy to see that you finally made yourself sit down and finish it! That is something I find hard to do if I leave a painting unfinished...

...and Happy Birthday Auntie Lori! I feel terrible that I just missed it... I need to check my facebook birthday calendar more frequently so this doesn't happen again! I have a wee gift for you, so please send me your address so I can post it! I hope you had a beautiful day...I love you!
xox

samos said...

I love the texture! This painting is so beautiful Lori! I just wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog today and entering the giveaway! And now you have one more follower. =)

samos

seesue said...

She is just beautiful. So sensitively done.

eva diva said...

I love this, I am new to your blog and is feeling so complex, happy to find you and sad to discover you so late! Your character is in such meditative and prayerful state that I can't help but feel connected spiritually! She is beautiful, there is an inner light glowing from within her!

Carrie Joy Byrnes said...

She is so beautiful. It was nice to see more photos ...I just love the texture too!

debbiesaenz said...

Wow! Breathtakingly Beautiful. I love it! xo

Julia Kulish said...

I just found your blog by connecting ot it from Artists Helping Artists - so glad I did! This is lovely. I am amazed at that beautiful textured background (wouls love to know how you did it!) Looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing