Friday, January 30, 2009

Painted Lady's Cry for Help

January 30, 2009
I painted this for Karin Jurick's site. Underneath this woman's face is a real tower with rectangular windows -- but it morphed into this painted lady, wanting out. Long story. :)

31 comments:

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Oh, Camille! Your submission was definitely worth the wait!!
I love the painting and I love the blog about your thought processes.
I can relate to the runaway-train thing...but you let it fly off the track!

Vern Schwarz said...

Camille, I'm still laughing out loud. Laughing at how fantastically your brain works, because I know what the reference photo is, and how creative you are. I gotta say...bravo!! Still chuckling though. It is important to evoke some kind of reaction...and you certainly did here. Real nice sketches by the way.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Dana and Vern, I was giggling while I painted this and if I can let anyone else share in my laughter, nothing makes me happier. You know my problem, every once in a while I have bust loose with something totally ridiculous. And it makes me happy :D Glad you two enjoyed! Thanks for commenting (slurp!!)

jennifer woodburn said...

Camille - this is such a great take on the house. You also have the best commentary on how it evolved - you had me in fits of laughter! Keep it coming! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Camille,
it is so you it is so great.. You made me LOL.
You sure had lots of fun.

Edward Burton said...

WOW, Camille this is so WILD - I LOVE IT!! It's fantastic!

Connie said...

I think I'm going a little crazy, much like your painted lady...I thought I was on Karin Jurik's site and was reading along, going, "OMG! She's just like Camille!"
Must be breathing too many paint fumes.

Glad you had a ball with this painting. Using a ruler and doing such fine detailed drawings must have pushed you toward the "Painted Lady" in the end. It would have pushed me off the deep end, which is why I chose to sit this one out.
Yay for making it sing!

Anonymous said...

Back in the late 1800's house paint was expensive. You could not just hop down to the Home Depot and pick of a gallon of eggshell. Very skilled artisans would mix crushed dried powders, vermillion, etc. with linseed oil, and pine turpintine etc. and you paid a bunch for it. So you wanted people to KNOW you could afford to paint. (too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash was a saying) SO these victorian house were pink, purple, green, blue. WILD colors. Over the years, as convention took over, these houses got repainted in BORING colors all in shades of white and gray. Restorers in the sixties and seventies were shocked to see that the original colors were so wild, so a lot of these old Victorians were deemed "painted ladies" I can guarantee that NONE of them were white. But society has squeezed the wild colors out of us, house painters and artists alike. Much as art. To paint with the feeling of "what will people think" is to not paint at all. You might as well cover a Painted Lady in "Mourning Mist White" from Home Depot. BBBOOORRRRIINGGG! Art is not pretty pictures, art it seeing Tammy Fay Baker in a house. Art is freedom of expression. @#$@# the critics. Sometimes you have to do something to metaphorically "throw up" the convention you have been swallowing all these years. I am proud of Camille painting and it has removed a 10 year writers block. (like a glass of metamucil) I am her proud husband.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Jennifer, I'm so happy you enjoyed my blathering. My tendency is to be too long-winded when I discuss my art. But occasionally I indulge myself! :)

Irit - I DID have lots of fun once I decided this one was for ME! haha

Edward - I wouldn't have guessed that you would like something like this. I am thrilled that you do!

Connie - You were right, I *am* just like Camille! Amazingly so! The pen and ink drawing was fun actually, but I didn't know where to take it from a certain point on.

Anonymous - I think I'll keep you! I shall gladly pay you Tuesday...

Bruce Docker said...

It's like Munch meets Cabaret. All color and weirdness. bd

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Bruce, I actually was thinking of Liza Minelli when I did the eyelashes. And Tammy Faye Baker. Way to read me! :)

Anonymous said...

I love it, mom! You're so creative. And I'm glad you didn't become one of those dallas socialite types. Ick.
Madeline

Paula Villanova said...

Glad you broke out of the box on this one...what fun to see such a creative take on an assignment. If for no other reason, it may inspire others (like me for example) to think beyond the obvious, and consider our vivid imaginations...which is probably what attracted us all to art in the first place!

christine said...

Camille, you give a whole new meaning to the term "Painted Lady"! I just love this painting!

Maggie Mayer said...

I laughed out loud when I saw this!

I like it even more after reading your insight for it. I'm so not into anything fake these days like trying to be someone you're not. Thanks for dancing to the beat of your own drummer.

Way to go Camille.

adebanji said...

INTERESTING!!!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Madeline - there are some very nice Dallas socialites, I just wish some of them wouldn't spend so much money on looking as scary as possible. But, not my bidniss.

Paula - most of my life I thought I was the least creative person ever so if I somehow seem creative now -- wow, that blows my mind. :)

Christine - thank you and I'm so glad you like it! I stole a little of your Addams Family but left you all the Candyland - enjoy!

Maggie - I do what I can in that regard. I'm not sure I have a choice, sometimes all I can hear is my own beat, so... there I go. :)

Thanks so much everybody for letting me know what you thought, I really do appreciate it!

BigC said...

You're painting sure made me go "Whoa"! I'm so glad I came for a visit to read the story behind it. Congratulations on creating such an original piece!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thanks Adebanji and Catharine, both of you do such cool things yourselves. I'm happy to see both of you stopping in here and I thank you for the great feedback.

Tom Pohlman said...

Seee?!!! You rocked it! :>) Nice job- making it your own- I love the narrative to "The Scream" -T

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Just trying to keep up with You, Tom! Don't make it so hard for me next time! :D

Maryanne said...

Thanks for including your sketches and processes, as you have created something interesting, and the "painted lady" is right there for us to see. Nice job Camille.

r garriott said...

Oops! I thought the socialite was a drag queen (which could explain a lot of screaming too). Whichever, she/he is simply MAHVELOUS, DAHLING. I love that you had fun with this, it shows.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Maryanne, I'm just trying to help people see the way my twisted perception evolved and that it didn't just pop into my head right off the bat -- much au contraire.

Thank you monsooooor garriott (I don't really know you well enough to call you r) - I'll have you know that as soon as I commandeer my daughter's Photoshop I'm going to glom onto your blog for all the tips I've heard about and which you have been so generous to dole out. Yer a SPORT!

Sheila said...

Wow.... I am a little late for the first wave of platitudes but I must say you hit it out of the park Camille! You must an awesome wife and mother on top of being a gifted artist from all the posts that I have just read. Well deserved! HUGS!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thank you so much, Sheila! I just have a really sweet thoughtful family, I swear I didn't ask them to comment. And I have another daughter who hasn't stopped by yet, she's busy trying to graduate from college and I guess is a little distracted! :) It is fun to feel their support though, isn't it? I know your family is proud of you, too!

dominique eichi said...

WOW ! CAmille I love all the process you posted with the finish piece which really makes you think, not just about the pretty pictures. You're such a great artist. Thanks for coming by my place twice and adding yourself to my list of followers.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Dominique, THANK YOU so much for appreciating what I'm trying to aim for. I've always loved symbolism and art that makes me think (which is such a rarity for me;) and so I'm just thrilled to get to have that process in my creations. Wakes up my alzheimerish brain to a small degree at least ;) Bless you, my friend! And I'm so inspired by your feverish pen and ink work (at least it gives me a fever, it's so genious-like)(<-- word?) and makes me want to do that!

Carol Horzempa said...

I tried to post a comment the other day and something went wrong on my end and it never got posted. I was laughing so hard and it was a long winded comment about how I could relate to what you were going through. I'm sure I had that same expression on my face as I kept cropping and cropping my painting.

I also want to thank you for becoming a follower on my blog and your encouraging comments on my work.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Carol, thanks for trying again on leaving a comment. You know how it feels when you get feedback from another artist you admire, that's how I feel about hearing you had a good reaction to my work. And laughter is one of the greatest reactions I could possibly want. It's like a dream come true for me, seriously. I'll never be Rembrandt but maybe I can have a little Jerry Lewisness to my art. Thank you sooo much for letting me know it gave you a giggle. :D

Alice Thompson said...

Camille LaRue Olsen, you and your husband are brilliant.