Monday, 30 August 2010

Moonlight Sonata

The creation process for this piece drove my poor boyfriend slightly nutty. I insisted on playing Moonlight Sonata on repeat while I painted - and she took a while...


Still, personally I think she was worth it. In fact, I would go so far as to say that she is a current favourite of mine (she looks much sharper in real life, the scan has dulled her a bit). I had already started her when I read the MMM prompt for 'cool colours' so she was perfect.


I used old sheet music for her background. I just wanted to paint in these dark yet intensely rich blues. I've treated myself to proper grown up paint and boy am I smitten! What depth of colour; I want to dive in and run my hands through it. Golden's Phalo blue (green shade) is my new best friend.


Now, don't you think she needs some story? Who is the raven-haired maiden whose beauty is lit by moonlight? There's certainly something mystical about her. Is she entirely human or does the fae world hold influence and history in her story? Is she a siren, emerging from the watery deeps? I think perhaps she is... If only we could see the rest of the picture...

27 comments:

  1. So so cool. I love her. Yes, a mermie woman...deep and mysterious!

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  2. She is so serene and slightly bemused by what she sees. :)

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  3. WowWowWowWOW-za!!!!
    She is a heavenly creature from the sea!
    Definately a sea faery...sea angel...Heaven exsists at the bottom of the ocean...and we have been blessed with her prescence. WTG, Lisa, she is rockin' the fairy, cool color, mermaid world!


    PS: I, too, want grown-up paints...I have a couple of used tubes I got at the thrift store...Hah, can you tell I lived through the great depression...

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  4. Oh she is my favorite of your work. Awesome image and I am sure she has a story to tell. Maybe you should write a story about her.

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  5. GORGEOUS painting!!! and i love the BLUE!!!

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  6. She is absolutely stunning! Fantastic painting!

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  7. I've got it! She's the Musical Muse... she is beautiful, Lisa! I love the blues... particularly her wild hair. I do think your BF deserves a medal though, for sitting through Moonlight Sonata!!!

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  8. wonderful face!! your drawing skills are fantastic!

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  9. Yes, she's stunning!! I just discovered this last year the true value of Golden's paint--they're worth every penny--they bring the painting to life!

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  10. Perfect painting in wonderful colours. Love it.

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  11. GORGEOUS piece, my fave too!

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  12. She is elegant and ready for a night out! I'm loving the colors, they give her that moonlit glow!

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  13. I love the colors!! : ) She is gorgeous!! You're like me...I play a song over and over again also!!

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  14. So beautiful and very mystical i'm thinkin'. I could see her as a siren for sure. She is lovely.

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  15. The music muse certainly influenced this lovely art! Wonderful with the sheet music in the background- wondrous!!

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  16. She looks actually lit from within! Really great piece!
    I agree with Kelly...she does look like a siren.

    Smiles

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  17. I really like her hair and the way you caught the moonlight on her skin and slight reflection in her eyes!! beautiful!!

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  18. This is just amazing! I love the music background, the rich color and the eerie yet kind quality about her - it really is something special!
    And I too have recently started using the "real stuff" (paints) and what a difference! It really makes me feel all official too! Kristin xo

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  19. Just gorgeous!! beautiful blues and she does look mysterious! great work Lisa!!
    xoxo

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  20. hello there!! I found your page via Wendy's Adventures in Wonderland as part of her Spooky mondays.... But I also see that you are signed up for Mine and Anna's Practical Magic Blog Party! So it seems we are all connected in some silly way or another anyway!!

    But anyways, I just wanted to say that this painting struck me as so beautiful, not only because Moonlight Sonata is my favorite classical piece ever... but because this painting reminds me a lot of a painting which I have created as well... I really need to get around to posting mine!

    Well, she came out so beautifully! Great job !!

    -Justina
    http://labohememagique.blogspot.com

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  21. oh wow!!! I think she may be one of my favorites!!! I love this....wonderful work!!!

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  22. She's Gorgeous,love the colors and the sheet music in the background. Thats so funny that you played the song over and over again. What we do for inspiration!

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  23. Oh this is so beautiful- you've really captured her soul in her eyes and I WANT to know her story! Do tell!

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  24. Beautiful and I love the depth of her eyes! and all the layers!
    Inka

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  25. Lisa, she is stunning - and yes, definitely worth driving your boyfriend crazy for, grin!

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