Monday, 6 February 2012


Spent time over at Laura's last week whilst our grand daughter was being born, but since being back have worked on my latest piece using as a reference an archive photo of an acrylic I did a number of years ago of water carriers we met during a visit to Fatipur Sikri in India.

This latest version is mixed media, using acrylic inks on Lana Vanguard, plus oil pastels and soft pastels with addition of gold and torquoise glitter on two of the saris. I had fun creating their shadows onto each other rather than just on the road and, as you see, changed the format and colours of the saris and made the road and background much softer. I do enjoy making things up as I go along!

This is the original framed acrylic piece sold at a gallery in Holt during 2004:

Now I am searching for some photos I took of ladies in coloured saris carrying firewood on their heads beside a lake in the mountains. Think I'll have to resort to getting out the DVD we took and using a still from that for my reference plus my memory of this magical 'happenstance' as we were driving through.


Christiane Kingsley said...

Joan, a great subject and a stunning rendition! I love the colors.
Congratulations on the addition to your family!

DJ said...

Oh, Joan, they're both LOVELY. Now, what happens if I can't decide which I like better? :-)
I have enough stress in my life, you know..?

Enjoy the new baby as much as you can!

Sue Pownall said...

I like the change in background, makes a better composition :)

RH Carpenter said...

I like both of these but the latest is the best - your imagination and artistic changes made it even better than the original.

Sandra Rowney said...

Enjoying the rich colours of this new work s x

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thankyou all for your kind comments. Sorry not commented on your blogs of late, as I am rather committed at present and not spending much time in my little study.