Sunday, 20 January 2013

Crone song



Tunes of love, joy and sorrow
the crone's songs lines her face
Memory notes dance across cheeks
and the voices of generations sing a story


I don't often draw wrinkles. In fact, as women we seem to focus on how best to prevent them and so hide the passing of the years. I think we prefer our voices, rather than our faces to tell our story!

This old lady has been sitting on my Pinterest board - faces to draw - for some time. So when I saw the Take a Word challenge for wrinkles this week, I thought it was about time I attempted someone with a bit more character than the fresh-faced beauties I usually create.

If you look very closely (or just at the pic below!!) you will also see that she is sketched over a collage of crinkled tissue paper decorated with musical notes. I actually remembered to scan in my background before I drew her which is a small miracle!



Sharing too with with my regular crew at Sunday Sketches.

PS: if you like art journal collaborations, you may enjoy yesterday's post.

42 comments:

  1. Wow, very striking! Love how you integrated the music sheets, actually quite ingenious! The coloring is fabulous, too!

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  2. hmmm, yes, I love how the crinkled paper adds to her wrinkles. She looks powerful and well lived. You are so right about how we focus on youth, but I also find it difficult to draw wrinkles and I need a photo reference to do so. You've done a beautiful drawing of a crone here.

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  3. She looks ancient and wise. Great job!

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  4. She is glorious in her wrinkly wisdom :D Nothing like being comfortable in your own skin, with a song in your heart and a story on your lips :D XXX

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  5. aging is one of those hateful things, isnt' it? yet aged faces can be great to express/explore... lovely rendition here! inspiring

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  6. wow the effect is wonderful, so loving this. x

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  7. I like her very much. I think we should embrace the "grandmother" spirit more.
    Lovely.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  8. I was expecting a fresh faced beauty, but why not celebrate wrinkles, nice job!

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  9. It's interesting that I just finished a very ancient face as well. I crackled her over print. I have found through the years that whenever I would create an old face for my shows, it always took the longest time to sell. Eventually, they would sell but everyone wants youth, it seems. I really love the character shown in your crone's face.

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  10. Lovely tribute sketch to the aging process ~ She earned everyone of those 'twinkle wrinkles' ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  11. Wow - at first glance I thought to myself, whoa...this is how I felt last night. lol No but seriously. The one thing I truly admire about you and your artwork is the ability you have to pull from deep within us emotion - sometimes not even knowing it's there, hiding behind a wall for one reason or another.

    I'm so happy for you, Lisa and all of your recent endeavors, etc with your art. You deserve. Keep on keeping on. We all love you! :)

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  12. Those glaring eyes are just so powerful looking. Blessings!

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  13. Such character in this. So great to see a weathered face for a change, funny I've been thinking of painting someone old and wrinkly too. She's a great creation!

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  14. This is stunning! Love the background and the mood you've created.

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  15. Totally awesome piece of art!

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  16. she looks so wise, i love her!

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  17. WOW! Intricate and beautifully done, Lisa!

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  18. You have to try some more old faces. This is so beautiful, sensitive and soulful. Poetry.

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  19. Wonderful image/painting, Lisa.

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  20. Excellent artwork, Lisa. Fabulous image.

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  21. The green eyes are the best..no...no... the wrinkles are the best...hey...no...the background is the best...no...the crinkled, wrinkled crone herself is the wisest and best! Glad you took up this aged face!
    Lovely! :-)

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  22. Very dramatic and moving piece! I really love the depth!

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  23. A very great painting Lisa! Fantastic piece! xx

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  24. i have to agree, very dramatic and interesting.

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  25. It's an excellent piece of art, great work

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  26. what a totally fascinating piece!

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  27. I loved this from the moment I first saw it. It has so much written on that face--days and years and decades of living.
    Bravo for stepping outside your usual lines!

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  28. Wrinkles, poetry and paint all simply awesome!

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  29. oh wow!!! this is such a strong piece...Wonderful work Lisa....

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  30. Wow, great work art , wonderful ...
    Pozdrawiam :)
    Greglis

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  31. Not me...I've earned each and every one of my wrinkles and am proud of them all! I have a fabulous lithograph of Georgia O'Keefe, behind Alfred Stieglitz, both seated on an Indian motorcycle, in all her wrinkly glory...she's wonderful!

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  32. Very nice...
    Funny how photography makes you really appreciate the beauty of a wrinkle. The shadows cast speak of wisdom, experience, perhaps hard living, a map of a life.
    And still, every couple of months "botox" crosses my mind!

    Very inspiring.
    xo

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  33. Very impressive and unique Lisa!
    You should paint more old faces.

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  34. I'm so happy I can blog again. I've missed so much of your words and wonderful art. I find this brilliant! I'm so impressed! xxoo

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  35. A beautiful piece, Lisa. Nice to see you back with us.

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  36. You did a great work and using crinkled paper to intensify the effect of wrinkles is a very good idea. The old lady looks amazing authentic.

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  37. Her face does indeed speak....to your talent! Wonderful!

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  38. A powerful and beautiful portrait. It isn't easy to portray age but you have done it superbly.

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