...what can I say? I love Gustav Klimt- any anything shiny/sparkly!
Klimt has been my favorite artist since high school...and the sparkle actually goes back farther than that.
I will take some time maybe later this month to write more about past 'Klimt-inspired' pieces shown in this post...but for now I just want to share some of the images that I have made since I started with my daily art challenge to myself.
First up, July 2012. I was working with the idea of a mandala motif and the gold crept into the series pretty early one...from there it got pretty decorative, my own nod to my favorite artist. To see each image, click here.
And I got REALLY into it...so I made some extra pieces...
It was such a surprise! I was judging a cheer competition in Disney when I got the text from Jess! That is still one of my proudest 'art moments'.
Some time passed, and then Klimt showed up in a few pieces during my November 2013 series, inspired by 'No shave November'. I was working with a mustache theme that month. Kinda random- but it turned out to be a fun series.
More time passed...then in January 2015 Klimt showed up in my first 'Miss Matchy Matchy' series...
Fast forward to November 2016...I did a whole series I called 'Golden Girls' inspired by my interpretation of Klimt, and in honor of a special trip to NYC to see his work...more on that in a later post!
And for March 2019 I am revisiting my 'Golden Girls' theme, this time working with acrylic paint and spray paint on cardboard and trying my hand at using gold leaf...which is a bit of a learning curve so far.
I need to take individual pics tomorrow, but here is the series so far- five pieces in;
...and here is the inspiration behind all the 'sleepy' images;
When I first started doing the daily rt I would obsess over the consistency in the series. Okay, let me step back- if you don't know me, obsessing over little things is kinda my jam. I had a bit of a chaotic childhood, some instability, some trauma...I won't get into it all but I know that the adult version of myself finds comfort in order and sameness as result of how I grew up. I just accept it and try to make it work for me...except when it doesn't.
I would in my mind insist that the sizes of my pieces had to be the same, the materials had to be the same. Was there a narrative element in the works? If so- they had to be in order...show a progression...at least to me.
And then, I don't know how many years in I realized that it was okay if sizes and materials change. I gave myself permission to have more fun and explore my theme...and I think that has made me happier with the results.
When I first started the Frida series, my intention was to translate her into fashion illustrations. But that soon fell to the wayside- I felt pulled to portraits based on her own focus on her (self) portraits.
I incorporated her words from the diary...until I stopped doing that.
I sanded the surface until I didn't anymore.
I used spray paint and stencils...except when I didn't.
And in the end, the series ended very much different from it began, painterly portraits of Frida. I am sure I will revisit her again at some point, she is always with me in spirit.