Friday, 28 October 2011

Beneath the mask

We all wear masks every now and again, indeed I have a metaphorical draw full, ready to pull on should the occasion demand it. Most are cool and collected and one even has C O N F I D E N T scrawled across the forehead in brave and bold lettering. They come in very useful - though some are a little more transparent than I would like.

This lady merely wanted to hide her true identity to practise a little discreet flirting with her lover. But let's face it, that hair was always going to be a giveaway and she's wearing a dahlia from the bouquet he gave her this morning...

Still, he'll pretend to be surprised as she lowers the mask and flutters those expensive false eyelashes at him.

I'm joining the Masquerade Ball for Inspiration Avenue then running quickly over to Paint Party Friday... so many invitations... so little time...

This piece took hours this week. Layer after layer of prismacolour pencil kept me amused and relaxed every evening. It was a total pleasure.

56 comments:

  1. Lisa, this is amazing. You say it was a pleasure to draw, well it looks like you enjoyed doing it. It oozes how much you enjoyed it.

    Have a good Friday x

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  2. This is a really beautiful piece, love it! Valerie

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  3. She's lovely. I'm glad you mentioned the tools you used, I'm going to have to give colored pencils a try.

    Darla

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  4. Ahhh, this is so whimsical...I love it, and I love you! Thankyou always for your words of encouragement over at my little blog...do you know how much you are appreciated? And may I just say, I'm digging those boots in the last post! I think we all have a drawer-ful of masks, although these days, I am trying not to wear them so much...as always, you are an inspiration x

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  5. She is wonderful! The point to the masquerade is to dress up pretty that's why she didn't try that hard to really hide herself behind the mask. :)

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  6. Ooh, Lisa, this is lovely! I'm sure her lover will be enchanted either with or without the mask!

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  7. yes! Lisa ~ She is awesome and lovely and the composition is wonderful! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  8. This is so pretty...I can't make my colored pencils do this. Nice work!

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  9. Beautifully portrayed Lisa! Love hearing the meaning...and bet someone has cramped fingers!

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  10. Just beautiful pencil work! I really like the story that goes with it. Indeed many times we seek to hide ourselves when we secretly want to be found.

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  11. and it's beautiful. I love the portraits that you make.
    sorry your kid missed his lesson :))

    once i forgot to pick mine up from school.
    uugghhh.

    xxa

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  12. Oh yes - I am the master of the masks. I think they are essential, but they just create barriers. Still, it's hard to let them go -they are just so comfortable to hide behind! I love your gorgeous girl with her dahlia and eyelashes. I could swim in her multi-colored hair.

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  13. AMAZING! As usual, your work is always so brilliant! Thanks for sharing much love Jennibellie x

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  14. She's beautiful! Her hair is amazing. No wonder it took hours and hours.

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  15. WOW! This is really beautiful. Those eyelashes will get him!!! I just know it!!

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  16. this piece is perfect for the season! Lovely.

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  17. Yes it is an amazing piece. I love her and how she is looking shy and yet is teasing and beautiful. Very nice work, love her eyelashes. They rock! Happy PPF!

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  18. ....all the time you took is evident....and her serenity, no doubt an extension of yours...

    She is beautiful, Lisa!
    Truly gorgeous!!

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  19. Beautiful and mysterious - with or without the mask!

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  20. this is incredibly wonderful, in fact I said that out loud as I took it in. Such a wonderful feeling about it and the details, well I am bowing to you.

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous!! She seems to be swooning for sure!! Love the colors too...sweet piece!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. Prisma is the best and what a quality drawing have you created!
    MANONx

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  23. She is beautiful, Lisa! Love the different colors in her hair. Glad you had fun doing this piece.

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  24. she is wonderful Lisa!
    what a grandiouse idea.. and how the mask looks so sad, yet the face looks so peaceful..
    Great work.. interesting to my eye!!
    Happy PPF!
    ♥Darlene

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  25. Wonderful!
    Really like the composition...the way you depict both her face and the mask at diagonal angles.

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  26. That hair is just amazing, movement, colour and texture abounds there and the mask is lovely... all over great stuff... how do you do it week after week... happy PPF and IA xx

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  27. Ohhhh! This is just lovely! I absolutely love her eyes and the mask is so cool!

    My new favorite!

    Wonderful :-)

    Smiles

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  28. Very beautiful piece. Love the mask.

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  29. Beautiful piece. As artist's with sensitive spirits...we do wear many masks. Great work. Happy PPF too!

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  30. I love this. She is beautiful - what amazing hair and the mask is gorgeous!

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  31. What a beautiful marriage! Your words and art....this is one of my favorite posts of yours. Thank you!

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  32. Beneath all her maks she will always be lovely and amazing. Beautiful work!

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  33. What a lovely subject and beautifully captured Dx

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  34. And what a pleasure to observe- she is beautiful- I love the story behind the dahlia and hair- this is truly a gorgeous piece!

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  35. From an artistic perspective...I am captivated by the fact that this lady's mask is very much like her face. Funny...she is putting on her own face. thought provoking...

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  36. What a gorgeous piece- Beautiful! Thank you for stopping by my blog to leave a comment!
    Peace,
    Karis

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  37. How gorgeous! She is a beautiful and dazzling soul Lisa and love your storytelling spirit always!
    Gorgeous colors...ooh yay..a masquerade ball sounds so fun and so me! How cool!
    Enjoy
    Victoria

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  38. What a beautiful scenario you have conjured up. Your masked woman is gorgeous.

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  39. Lovely drawing. Prismacolour as just the best. Changed drawing with a coulored pencil for me. I bought a few for my 12 year old nephew. He was impressed!

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  40. Its a total pleasure to look at too....absolutely gorgeous piece.LOVE this wild flame haired girl and the wee story about her. Completely caught my eye x

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  41. Lisa, as always you got it WRIGHT!
    Really beautiful work!

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  42. love the story that goes with your beautiful masked girl! lovely.

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  43. Wow - totally fab-u-lous! The hours and hours of penciling is evident - it looks like you used 40 colors in her hair alone. Gorgeous work, as usual!

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  44. Wonderful painting...so pretty Im glad she is letting her mask fall away We need not let ourselves mask who we really are. Wonderful
    Happy PPF

    - KAT -

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  45. Lisa this is a beautiful piece. I LOVE it! I can see the amount of work you put into it....love the story that goes with it too.

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  46. I'm always intruiged by closed eyes in a portrait ... very interesting! Lovely drawing, the layers upon layers of pencil colour are beautiful.

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  47. Oh Lisa, she is beautiful and mysterious. I love it!!! Deb

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  48. You have such talent, your skill with the prismacolor pencils is exquisite. I love the mask on the stick! Beautiful work!

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  49. This is such a beautiful drawing. Amazing details. I love how you've done her eyes.

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  50. She is really lovely and her story is wonderful!

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  51. beautiful as always...love the story!
    cheers, dana

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  52. So beautiful and romantic. I love the theme of masks...I think we all have them for when we need them !
    Happy Monday, Awesome One !

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  53. So beautiful! I can see how much fun you had with this! (I love her hair!).

    Happy PPF (a bit late)!

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  54. I love the mystery and the glimpse of the real her all in one. Great art creating the story. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  55. Ohhh I love her!!! She is so mysterious! Love the story behind her.

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