The second decision…what to use for the media. In January I used watercolor and toward the end of the series started going just a little (!) crazy with jewels and various embellishments. Then, last month, my series was all marker and colored pencil with gems, fabrics and all kinds of fun stuff. It’s not that I am tired of working with those materials…I just try to give each series its own distinct identity, not only in the theme but also in the materials used.
Another thing that I consider is what other events I have going on…travel plans, etc. I try to plan the series so I am not carrying acrylic paints and canvas on an airplane…but that has definitely happened! (Nashville, last spring) I went to Michael’s this weekend and looked around…seeing if anything stood out to me…I picked up a few things, still not 100% about my decision.
And then, like it usually does…it just kind of came to me. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I chose to revisit three Disney-related pieces I have already created- the Alice in Wonderland watercolor paintings I made for the Armory show. After I made the decision all I could think was, ‘of course!’.
So…for March 2015 it’s female Disney-themed watercolor paintings…with the option to embellish and/or change gears at any given time, per usual! I think I will approach this series much like my September 2014 'Cheer' series, I started by looking up the Disney films by year, then selecting my favorite movies an/or most popular movies. At first I was going to limit it to only the animated films...but there are so many other Disney films that I love...so...not sure yet.
I started with Minnie Mouse 'cause she was probably the first really Disney diva and should get a little respect! The images I looked to for inspiration were the original Minnie, with the lil' red hat with a flower, blue and white polka dotted skirt and, of course, the iconic mouse ears. My Minnie is more Minvera Mouse- Minnie, circa 'Steamboat Willie', 1928 than the more modernized version. (which did you know that both Minnie and Mickey got a makeover in the 40's?! I didn't!)
My Disney-gals (and 'other'!) will take a little bit more of a whimsical take on each character, remaining true to my own style of big eyes, tiny features and long thin necks.
I have already been thinking about today's piece...I think I am going to go ahead and show the more modern version of Minnie...stay tuned!
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