Friday, November 28, 2008

My Tribute to Sandy...

In my opinion some of the most inspirational art comes from the hands and minds of what is now termed "outsider artist". I think this term was coined to encompass anyone who did not have any formal art training. I am uncertain, as to what this really means. I don't suppose I have any formal art training, but I did take two years of high school art. I remember learning that while in art school, the students often copy famous paintings to learn techniques from the Old Masters. On my own, I have copied, to the best of my limited ability, some of the works of Matisse, tried my hand at a Van Gogh, and who hasn't let some Dali creep into their art?

It is in this spirit, that I show the following piece. One of my all time favorite artists is Sandy Mastroni. I love all her work. I love the colors that she uses and the subtle shading and shadows in the faces of her subjects. What I love most about Sandy's art is the angular shapes of their faces and bodies. With all that being said, here is my "Tribute to Sandy".

As you can see when you go to Sandy's site, her lovely ladies don't have blue hair or orange skin, but I am still figuring out how to combine my markers to get the tones I am searching for. Much more practice is needed, and when my new markers arrive next week, perhaps I will be able to get better flesh tones.

Well, that's one of the things I did over the holidays. For the most part of today, I lounged about in yoga pants and pink slippers. All the dishes are done from our dinner of leftovers and I think a DVD is in my near future. Hope everyone stayed safe this holiday and didn't have to experience any of the Black Friday events.

Take care this weekend and do something fun. If that fun includes shopping, always be careful and remember not everyone is acting safely this season. Try to stay focused and watch your purse and where you park and all the other things that a concerned friend can advise.

I'll be back later with other gems of wisdom, I'm sure. Until then, have a good evening and a good weekend.

We'll talk soon.


Crafty Gal Linda said...

Cute picture Susan. I didn't go out for black Friday shopping either. I went to Walmart on black Friday a few years ago and vowed "never again". As far as I'm concerned there is nothing I need to buy that badly that I need to put myself thru that again! :)

Fran said...

Your picture is really nice. Love the colors. I didn't go shopping on black Friday either. I haven't been shopping on black Friday in years. Too many crazy people out shopping today. LOL I don't want to get ran over by any shoppers trying to get to that big sales item. :-0