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Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Challenge at Inspiration Avenue, "Masquerade"

For the weekly challenge at Inspiration Avenue, Shel chose the theme to be "At the Masquerade Ball".  I've found myself drawn to harlequin references lately- as a teen they used to be one of my favorite things to paint- in fact I collected  Sylvestri dolls to use as references and sold my paintings of them to friends!  Anyway, I had fun going down memory lane with this- be warned, you may see more soon!:
 I've painted it on canvas paper and mounted it onto a book cover to be used in one of my journals.  I want to do a few more touch ups on her face but mostly I like the painterly quality of this and am happy with it.  I'm also linking this to Paint Party Friday a place filled with wonderful art and artists- go check them out!  Also don't forget to stop by Inspiration Avenue to see who else is at the Masquerade Ball........
Happy Friday!
Stephanie

38 comments:

WrightStuff said...

Wasn't this a great theme this week! I loved it!

Great painting stephanie. There's lots of emotion coming through that mask.

Janet said...

Your painting is beautiful! I love the way she's posed against the wall. It gives her a mysterious quality.

craftattack said...

Wonderful painting! Valerie

Dianne said...

She's amazing! Love her!

see you there! said...

Great painting, I can envision her on the front of a journal and it would make we want to look inside.

Darla

Regina said...

Ohhh Stephanie...she is wonderful. I love her peeking around the corner..staying mysterious!!! You are so talented my sweet friend.

HUGS

Netty said...

Oh wow this is stunning.....bring on the masquerade if this is anything to go by. Happy PPF, Annette x

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

She is beautiful!!! I love the dark red an the chiffon like ruffles, you've done a great job. Happy PPF! I've missed it again.

Happy Halloween, a tad early (I like to celebrate all weekend!)

xx Jaime

Kelly Jeanette Swift said...

What lovely colors! And I love the mysterious look to her.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Just awesome! I like your choice of color & the expression is wonderful!

EVA said...

Fabulous Stephanie!! I love everything about this! The colours, the subject, the pose. Awesome.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Absolutely, dazzling! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

The ruffle on the arm is just perfect... great finished piece.. I am going to have to get mine finished today and now I am feeling like I have a huge work to live up to!!! Happy IA and PPF xx

shedreamsofthesea said...

This is wonderful!

A Dancing Mango said...

Wow,
What a beautiful painting.. love it so much.
Thank you for sharing..
happy ppf!
♥Darlene

Gloria said...

Wonderful painting Stephanie. The dark red is awesome as are the ruffles. It's fun how she is peeking. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Stephanie!!!! your painting is amazing....the details of those ruffles!!!! love them!!!!

Happy PPF and pop by for Sweet Saturdays!!!!

Hugs
Diana

Pointy Pix said...

this is great - i love those ruffles!

NatashaMay said...

That is really wonderful! Love that she's hiding and how the garment flows. Beautiful!

Pam Tucker said...

Stephanie, this is stunning! I am in love with this. Like you, I've always been drawn to Harlequin figures. Your colors are just gorgeous and the ruffle detail ...gah! Love it all! :-)

Victoria said...

Gorgeous Stephanie .she is stunning and powerful...we share a kindred connection in what we love to paint. She is regal and decadent with that fabulous color palette..fantastical energy to her spirit too..beautiful!
victoria

Fallingladies said...

this is wonderful, love her pose! and ruffles!

Theresa said...

Love this Masquerader! & the stunning art in the post before.
Happy PPF!

Tracey Potter said...

Fantastic! This is a fun masquerade piece.

Happy PPF and IA.

Tracey Potter said...

Fantastic! This is a fun masquerade piece.

Happy PPF and IA.

IM GIRL said...

Fabulous painting and what an incredible journal this would make!
I always look forward to your submissions!

wednesday said...

Love this! It's so mysterious.

Rosie Kaplan said...

very strong painting

Terrie said...

Love this drawing! It's so mysterious and her costume looks totally gorgeous. Very nicely done.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Awesome composition and expression!
Wonderful!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Grannie Annie said...

Your artwork is amazing I love the beautiful combination of colors...excellent!!!

gemma said...

Stephanie this is one of my favorites. LOVE it!

artangel said...

Amazing painting Steph - makes me wonder what emotions she's hiding behind that beautiful mask! I love the ruffles, they remind me of the fabulous flower petals you paint...

SHERI C said...

It's a wonderful work and do create more of them! Happy PPF!

kirstin mcculloch said...

She is so mysterious. I love the way you have painted the ruffles and how you have her posed. Gorgeous painting.

Hettienne said...

Absolutely beautiful and so evocative! Her body language is so poignant! It touched my heart beyond ruffles and mask!

Kristin Dudish said...

It is so beautifully mysterious - wonderful pose!

xo
Kristin

Heather said...

Wow I love this!! Well done!