Saturday, May 14, 2011

Marion Davies

My recent portrait of Marion Davies is on show this weekend in Marbury Church as part of the Marbury Merry Days event. I've painted a few silent film star paintings over the years, mostly for practice. Marion was the partner of William Randolph Hearst, so I included the outline of his castle in the distant darkness.

There are loads of things I'd like to fix and perfect with this one but with such observation I'll remain confident that I'll improve, learn and adapt.

Next I'm working on a similar(ish) idea for a painting about Derbyshire for that county's open competition next month. I've also been given the task of photographing the local theatre and creating promotional images for the forthcoming centenary event. I hope to create an artwork for commemorate this and so will produce a concrete proposal for a large and spectacular painting later this month.

PS. For some reason the comments I seem to have received on my older post have vanished... I'm not sure what's going on there!


Robin said...

Her hair looks like silk, and her skin like satin, she is beautiful.

Blogger had a freak out over the last few days, I think maybe your lost comments were part of that.

-Don said...

You gave this the soft, ethereal look that silent era movies had. Nice!

Robin is probably right about your comments. I felt totally cut off from my google blogger friends over the past couple of days. I could see some of them, but I could comment on none of them.


Mark Sheeky said...

I improvised quite a bit on the portrait because the photo was rather blurry! Ah a blogdown... that'll explain the comment outage.