Monday, 18 August 2014

STANDING GIRL WITH DUCK

My friend Valerie is hosting "Art Journal Journey" this month with the theme "Frida Kahlo".

For the first couple of weeks I had no ideas.

Fortunately one of my muses, Algernon Pink, dropped in



and suggested I use one of the titles of Frida's paintings to make an artwork Orange Esmeralda style.
Good idea, Algernon!

I chose the painting "Sitting Girl with Duck".


This little girl has been in my sketchbook for months, waiting patiently for a suitable theme.  She is only 2 inches high



so I redrew her to 7 inches and painted her with these.







When we were in holiday this delightful building caught my attention 


and I used it as a basis to paint the background in oil pastels and watercolours.




With the help of Photo-editing, I put these two together with a duck who was passing by and made ................



STANDING GIRL WITH DUCK



I hope Frida would have liked it.

I hope you like it too.




I'm also linking to "Paint Party Friday" and to Rose's "August heART".

43 comments:

  1. How nice that Algernon ispired you and now the little girl was grown up and presents Frida;)
    I really love your wonderful house reproduction and the duck is so amazingly sofisticated:)
    Gorgeous, joyful art work, Sheila.

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  2. Algernon seems to be a good chap! Thanks for your very original and Miss Orange like interpretation of Frida with the duck, you have made my heart happy! Valerie

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  3. Lets hear it for Algernon ! Orange strikes again with a magnificent creation. Love the webbed socks, the earrings and the hat. The funny wee house has come out well in oil pastels. Love it, Awesome !!

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  4. Perfect, great idea to use a quote. Love that building, so much texture and it worked great with some photo editing. Send me that duck. So cheery compared to our Khaki Campbell's...but does it lay eggs? xox

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  5. Frida would have liked it for SURE Sheila and I love it too!
    Fantastic ..
    I was sure that Orange Esmeralda would have an idea...
    please tell Algernon Pink that he is one of the most clever muses out there!
    xxx
    Susi

    Art Journal Journey loves Orange Esmeralda!

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  6. What wonderfully helpful and adorable muses you retain for your creative blocks. This is a delightful interpretation, indeed! Standing Girl can hardly believe in her good luck to be one of a very few who have been blessed to see the legendary primped duck. She knows if she so much as blinks he will vanish from her sight. LOVE that duck! I also love that you've reminisced from your holiday and paited your own fantasy building.

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  7. This is a original interpretation of Frida and the duck looks so fabulous. I love the building, you've made a fantastic background. A very happy work, Sheila.

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  8. Dear Sheila,
    who is Algernon Pink? Why does everybody seems to know who she is but not me???

    I love your oil pastel picture of this lovley old house and I wonder if you would have been able to draw it like this in case you haven't spent some time there..

    And I'm glad that your little girl had got her entrance after waiting so long patiently...
    And your duck: You didn't ended your sentence from where she/it came from...
    I think, she came from a land where dugs and peacocks can marry.
    And sorry, I have no idea about Frida Kahlo - thats not my theme at the moment...

    Best Beate


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  9. Hi Sheila I love this it is so fun and whimsical...great job. No I'm not officially back I just need an art break once or twice a week to prevent total burn out. My project is coming along though and I've been goofing around on vacation too. have a great week.

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  10. I am sure she would have loved it, because she was in love with animals...your duck with its stylish socks would have been her best friend, hehe...the girl looks a bit shy, but I am sure this is only a fake, because who wears pink hair and this hairstyle is self-assured I guess ;) The building fits wonderful to the scene! Great story and expression, Sheila ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  11. Very original Sheila and I really enjoyed how you used the stone building for your background...you employ lots of creative 'ways' (I must be tired this afternoon... having trouble finding my words!)
    oxo
    p.s. as I was reusing Frida's original artwork as inspiration for my latest Frida inspired piece I did wonder WHAT she might have to say about that Hah! She had quite a mouth on her is a saying that came to mind ;-)

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  12. So lovely and imaginative! Great this background and the duck is so cute with this pretty hat!

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  13. Saying hi from Rose's blog hop! You have some cute art here. :)

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  14. Such original thinking to take the title of a Frida painting - I love it. And as usual it has the Orange Esmerelda charm and wackiness (with a lof of help from Algernon of course LOL).

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  15. Very cool! Your girl is adorable, the duck, fanciful and the background is luscious!

    Thanks, too, for sharing with August heART!

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  16. Your Muse is very ingenious! The background and the girl with the bird are back so happy and make me smile. I love it, thank you Sheila.

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  17. Sheila this is really fabulous, your quirky fun characters look great in this scene, they stand out so well and I love how you painted that beautiful house and got inspiration from it. It's always such fun here, you are full of imagination and style!

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  18. What a wonderful painting Sheila and the duck is so cute with this pretty hat and striped socks, love the girl's pink hair, as always I love your works.
    Anni

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  19. Oh she looks so lovely with her pink hair! I lover her! You should let her go to some other exciting places as well. The colorful bird looks marvellous too! They both should become friends and travel around. It's really amazing how you have interpreted the "girl with a duck" and created some new great artwork! And I also love your muse Algernon Pink! What a funny idea to have a personal muse :)

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  20. i´m sure frida is stitting on her cloud and smiling about it!! the combination with photoediting worked perfectly!
    love your new Profile Icon also!

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  21. Very fun I have no doubt Frida would like it!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. love the fun Frida painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Oh, that duck is great! love the expression on its and the girl's faces :-) Wonderful interpretation of the theme!

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  24. Ha that's genius! And a quirky way of doing frida without doing frida! !

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  25. That last piece- your holiday building and the girl and duck-put a BIG smile on my face.

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  26. Love this! Frida looks very happy so I'm sure she would have loved it. Nice work!

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  27. so wonderful to see your creative ideas and how you brought them all together.

    love your drawing of the building
    it has colors that i have chose for my cabins trim, at least i am giving it a try.

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  28. What a happy, clever painting. I love it!!

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  29. Wow so glad Algernon turn on the light for you. This is a great mix and I love that duck.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  30. Sheila, what a wonderful digital collage made from your own paintings. I'm so glad you got the nudge from Algernon to redo the girl in colors. This is adorable and I'm sure Frida would be pleased.

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  31. PS. The house from your holiday photos is gorgeous. It would make a super painting all by itself.

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  32. Love to see the girl and the duck in front of the building. It is lovely!Algernom is really inspiring, my friend!

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  33. Wow, Sheila that is great! The girl and the duck are in such vivid colours that the somber tones of the stone house contrast beautifully. Quite the most magnificent duck I have ever seen! Your girl looks as if she thinks this too. xx

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  34. I agree the little girl and the duck should definitely go on some adventures together, perhaps a trip to England? I especially love the pink hairstyle and spotty skirt.

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  35. Love the pink-haired girl--and her fabulous duck.

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  36. What a fun picture. She looks a little surprised to me to see the duck walking by! x

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