Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tarzan and Mary Jane - SOLD

"Tarzan and Mary Jane"

6"x 8" Oil on gessoed board.

sold ( to a Mary Jane )

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My personal assignment here
was to paint a subject in a loose style that contained type. I wanted to handle the type in a way that would look appropriate with loose brushwork in the other areas of the painting. I began my painting with a pencil drawing, including the type and sprayed it with retouch varnish. This allowed me to paint with glazes and most color with the pencil drawing showing through. After applying the yellow and reds, I was able to go back in with black paint to paint over the visible type. It was a very successful method that I saw on a blog somewhere but can't remember who to give the credit to.

This old Tarzan book was my mom's when she was a girl and I can remember this candy as a favorite when I was a child. I got the idea when seeing the Mary Jane's at our local Cracker Barrel restaurant. At first I was just going to paint the candy but thought the book would be a nice addition.

Just a note (or question): I noticed a week ago that my "user stats" on my blogger profile page quit counting. I know that I've had a lot of visitors from my Feedjit gadget, but wondered if anyone else has had the same thing happen with their blogger stats?

Update on blogger counters: The change to the profile counter is intentional due to a "performance/design compromise". It appears that accurate counts were producing problems for sites with high traffic.
It is suggested that you upload widget for counting such as "stat counter" or "sitemeter". I have found them to be very informative and an excellent tool.

12 comments:

L.Holm said...

Fantastic, Marilyn!! So clever, and beautifully painted. And how great that it's one of your Mom's books. What a treasure. I love the glow on the coins, and the reflections on the table. Wonderful painting!

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks,Liz. You are very generous with your kind comments. I do love my Mom's old books and am fortunate to have several. I fortunate to still have my Mom too! To this day she is always reading at least 3 books at a time!

Vern Schwarz said...

Marilyn, what a warm and rich looking painting. Your composition comes together beautifully, and I love the low angle view going in. As Liz says, the glow and the reflections are wonderful.

Megha Chhatbar said...

Dear Marilyn, Its Wonderful to be on your blog...You are superb artist..Book is really beautifully painted..:) BTW I have started a new blog dedicated to my sketch work — Art on Sketchbook

Jennifer Young said...

Wonderful selection of objects, Marilyn, and beautifully arranged and composed. this painting really creates a powerful nostalgic narrative for me. My teeth hurt just looking at it. LOL!

Jennifer Young said...

LOL! I just noticed the title. Clever indeed.

Marilyn M. King said...

Vern, Megha, and Jennifer, thanks for your comments and thoughts. Jennifer, you can be sure that I am being very careful chewing those Mary Jane's!

PainterLee said...

I am stunned! And love the whimsical nature of the subjects...very funny! Hope you'll do more along this line. Wonderful A+!

Paintings by Russ Taylor said...

Love the title! And your skill handling the detail of type, coins, shadows & reflections,all packed into a small area without it looking busy, remarkable.

Marilyn M. King said...

Hi Lee and Russ, glad to have you as new blogger friends! Thank you both for your kind and encouraging words!

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful painting, Marilyn. I love the composition and the nostalgic feeling it has. BEAUTIFUL job with the reflections - especially on the coins.

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

Great painting and clever idea!