Thursday, 21 June 2012

The art of football

Bridget

Louise

These are part of my series of football paintings - the kind you do while the match is playing at the other end of the room. I do try to be patriotic and support my national team, but football does get a bit tedious after the first five minutes and it annoys me think how much they get paid to pass the ball around (not always very successfully) and hit the post.

For those of you not on European shores, you may have missed the fact that it's the 'Euros'. Across our continent, fans gather by their TV sets biting their nails and chewing their knuckles. After 90 minutes of watching the players running about you'll be lucky to see one goal scored. You are guaranteed though at least one bad referee decision (yeah, yeah, it crossed the line after all - live with it - we remember Lampard in South Africa and the famous 'hand of God). You are guaranteed a spot of high drama histrionics from the players - lots of rolling around the floor in agony clutching their left leg when the replay shows they were actually kicked in the right... then they're leaping up and running after the ball when they realise nobody gives a toss.

There's not even much eye candy on the pitch either to help pass the time. Bring back Beckham I say. A friend of mine saw him play many times. She said he actually 'twinkles'...


Oh well, if he's not playing football this week, maybe he'd like to be my guest at Paint Party Friday. He certainly appears to be dressed for it!

27 comments:

  1. I love your football work, ha ha, beautiful, good use of time, ( I am not a football, baseball, or hockey fan),

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  2. loved you post today, and your football work is stunning! happy PPF!

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  3. I love your work and DB is not too bad either!

    I love how you have worked directly onto the page.... did you use pencils or prep the page and use watercolours.

    I love the text showing through on her face in the second one especially.

    Oops, lots of loves....

    Karenx

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  4. Beautiful portraits - I especially like the lady in the scarf with the tendrils of hair blowing around - you can just imagine her being a settler in the wild west - all little house on the prairie!
    I have also taken myself off to paint while the football has been on the tv in our house. I just couldn't care less about it and, like you, I get so cross when I think about how much these male divas get paid for playing a game! Anyhoo, your art is beautiful!!

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  5. I love your portraits, here, and against the script paper - beautiful. DB isn't hard to look at either! xxoo

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  6. Lovely portraits, glad you explained why they are football paintings. I just turn the TV off! I hope Cissie will be back next week! Valerie

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  7. Love the artwork - fully agree with you - watching sport is instant sleeping pill for me too. I just don't get sport - sorry sport lovers!

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  8. i love your paintings, but as an avid football fan, i can't do anything else while the footie's on the telly :)
    and what do you mean no eye candy?? joe hart, steven gerrard, martin kelly... just a shame all the danes, swedes and dutch are out - i do like blonde and blue-eyed :)

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  9. I can't imagine producing such beautiful pieces while watching football! I am an American football addict! I am out of control according to my husband and boys! Even the grandkids know if football is on, pay attention! I shall try it this season though.
    cheers,dana

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  10. Wow! Love Bridget and Louise ~ beautifully expressive!thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

    ps. American Football, Baseball, Hockey monoplize the TV here as well.

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  11. Your women are fantastic!!! Love your lines!!

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  12. I truly enjoyed your amusing post and your woman are lovely. Happy PPF!

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  13. Great use of football time. Love your works, especially the first one. Happy PPF

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  14. I've never read a better commentary on sports play! Thanks for the morning laugh! Your football gals are so well done and fun to see too. HPPF.

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  15. I really like the mood of the paintings over the words - excellent!

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  16. Love your paintings, the book pages give them very special dimension... Kind of nostagic and intriguing... Beautiful! Funny post, football is on here, too, but I am at the Paint Party Friday! :)

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  17. Oh dear! We're supposed to dress for PPF?? I didn't get the memo!

    Your post is charming and funny and I love the portraits. The colors really grab the eye and the text behind them gives added interest.

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  18. my husband watches tennis with our daughter. It's really boring. I should follow your example and paint :)

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  19. Love how you call these "football" paintings.
    Made me smile. :)
    Wonderful portraits...great text backgrounds.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. Bridget is beautiful,Louise is daydreaming!! Wonderful pieces!! Beckham is hot, his wife was in Vancouver just the other day!! You should have scooped him up then!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. What haunting images! Love them.

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  22. I love your girls, how beautiful they are. I especially like Bridget.
    Usually I'm not a big football fan (or, as they say here, soccer - football is something so completely different here and I always wonder why it's called football...), but during the Euros and the World Cup I turn into one! And I envy all of you that you can watch the games! I follow it on the Internet, but it's just not the same.
    So, I better paint, right?

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  23. Love your paintings on the printed pages. OK, Beckham, you are definitely invited to MY party. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  24. ha, great post. I cannot endure sports at all. I love these ladies. What a fab series!

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  25. That's a nice way of sharing the football fever:) The art pieces are fab esp the first one!HPPF:)

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  26. Beautiful paintings! How did you do them? I am a novice with watercolor, but have the supplies, and even old books that I picked up at Goodwill, a resale store here in the USA. Do you have to seal the pages somehow and then paint on them? or do you just paint the background, let it dry then paint the ladies? Or draw the whole thing and then paint the background wet into wet, let dry paint the ladies???! My fav is the first one with the red scarf. The sports outrage is so funny,too, and the adorable DB photo.

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