Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Siddhartha Thinking Only Pure Thoughts


December 2, 2008
Whew, I just got this Buddha done under the wire for Karin's challenge this week, deadline is tomorrow night and we've had 2 weeks to do it. Of course I just started it this morning. Our daughters have been home for Thanksgiving and it has been hard to focus on painting. I chose to focus on this face because I always enjoy doing faces and I have very little floral experience. Besides, how could I compete with Vern Schwarz' hydrangeas? Impossible. So here is Siddhartha, trying to keep his mind on only the purest of thinks. Of course "he" looks like a woman but unless I'm mistaken, Buddha is a dude. 20" x 14", oil on canvas...enjoy.

11 comments:

Vern Schwarz said...

Camille,are Buddhas supposed to look sexy? Nice painting, but I wonder if it is wise to flip the gods like that. You're livin' large and on the edge girl.

Connie said...

Wowsa! And that's not a small painting, either. I guess you've figured out how to paint with speed *and* power.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is SOOOOO nice. The colors are amazing. Love this one.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thanks, you guys. Yeah, I couldn't get away from how Siddhartha had to go off and starve and meditate for 40 days or something like that, trying to cleanse his mind of impure thoughts. I think this was painted on day one of all that.
It never ceases to amaze me how I'm not excited about them as I start, but then I get into it. I don't think there has been one of these KJ ones where that didn't happen. Amazing! Kudos to all of us DSFDF people :D (Connie, you have 30 hours left...hhhhmmm???)

Paula Villanova said...

He definitely has that serene, mysterious thing going on...

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Paula, I probably got the itch to do something mysterious from your son-directing-on-set painting. :) But I'm glad this guy has some serenity too. If I missed that aspect I guess it would be a glaring failing. Thanks.

christine said...

Camille, this is fabulous! I love your rich, dreamy colors, and also the fact that you focused on one specific part of the still life.

Alice Thompson said...

Camille, The gaze you've captured is confident and content. I assumed you would be very busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping. You never fail to give us a unique and fresh perspective on the subject matter.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thanks so much, Christine and Alice. Well, today's the day, we get to see the next photo challenge. :)

Maggie Mayer said...

Great job Camille in such short time. I enjoyed your website. hadn't seen it yet. The pumpkins are fantastic!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thank you, Maggie, glad you enjoyed!