This was sort of a weird, in-transistion week for my dead artists society project. I felt finished with my research of Lois Mailou Jones and I finished my large painting last Friday so that left me with a few days before the start of a new month and new artist.
I spent those going back to my large Frida painting and decided to start over with it. I had a really raw sketch of an idea and I worked that over until I had a better plan. I decided to paint on top of an older painting that has the seed of life design on it. That seemed a really fitting symbol for Frida Kahlo.
This painting so far is a little different for me. For one, it's my first time working on a dark background. And overall I'm really enjoying that. I like how I can use washes and let some of the dark show through. Another difference is I'm not working the overall painting all at once which usually people say is a big no-no. I felt like it would be ok for this one because I had a pretty good sketch/plan going into it. (And of course, days later now that plan is starting to change but it'll work itself out.)
Side note: It's pretty weird how similar agates and babies in the womb are.
This quote pretty well sums up the direction of this painting. :)
And then I started gathering materials for my new artist study. I was little late reserving books at the library and buying books/materials/etc. for this month. I assumed that since Georgia O'Keeffe is such a popular artist that I'd have no trouble getting/finding things. I was wrong! My neighborhood library and my local Barnes & Noble had ZERO Georgia books on the shelf! I have a couple books now but am still waiting for the majority of things to arrive. :(
Day 1 of Georgia O'Keeffe and already surprised. Who knew she grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin?!
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was born November 15, 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Her parents, Ida Totto O'Keeffe and Francis Calyxtus O'Keeffe, were dairy farmers. She was the second of seven children and the first daughter.
Her parents' names were so interesting that I decided to go back a little further and sketched a family tree. Her maternal grandparents settled in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1858. George Victor Totto came from Hungary and Isabel Wyckoff was of Dutch descent. George later returned to Hungary leaving Isabel to raise 6 children including Georgia's mom, Ida Totto.
Her paternal grandparents, Pierce O'Keeffe and Catherine May Shortall, were of Irish descent and they settled in Sun Prairie 10 years before the Totto's in 1848. Georgia's parents, Francis and Ida, grew up neighbors. The families favored a marriage between the two and a consolidation of the two farms. They married in 1884.
And then today a portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe, I went back and forth on whether I should do the portrait in black and white like the majority of the photos of her or in desert colors. I ended up going with a kind of mix of the two while keeping the color really simple.