After several updates on my progress of this painting, on both my Facebook fan art page and this blog, I am finally ready to post the finished product. First off, I will say that it took much longer to finish, because I was actually afraid to work on it. It is the first, in a series, so, each piece will have something that ties them all together. This made me nervous. When it’s the first piece, the artist possibly spends more time trying to get every detail the way they envision it, while they ease up a bit, on the other pieces. I can’t speak for all artists, of course, but in this case, this is what I experienced. I had difficulty with a couple of areas, which I will discuss, later.
The title of this painting is, Chantilly Lace. I got it from the song of the same title, performed by the “Big Bopper,” in the late 1950s. I heard the song on the radio, when I was very young, and I’ve loved it ever since. I actually did a drawing of a young woman, when I was a freshman in high school and also called it, Chantilly Lace. It is not very good and lacks the detail, in this painting- I was lazy, then and did not want to work that hard. Both the older drawing and this painting, illustrate everything that the song lyrics describe. If you haven’t heard the song, look it up and give it a listen. Hopefully, you’ll see what I mean after that. Also, both of the young women have the same hairstyle, wear the same jewelry, and dress. It’s just that this painting is a more updated version.
I envisioned this young woman to be in her late teens or early twenties. I didn’t think of her as a brunette, but more of an ash blonde. While I painted her with a rather, serious expression, she still has the cute and charming persona. This is illustrated in her small, detailed rosettes, at the top of her ponytail and in the pretty, Chantilly lace at the bottom of her neckline. Her ponytail reminds me of Pablo Picasso’s “Sylvette” portrait or a vintage Swirl Ponytail Barbie doll. I would say, her “rosy” cheeks stand out the most, considering she’s wearing just a hint of makeup. She’s all about being feminine.
As with every art piece, there were challenges. Again, it was the skin tone and facial features. I kept painting her skin too dark and overdoing the shading, was another problem. I finally got to a point, where I was satisfied, which I never thought would happen! This is what I was scared to work on, so I kept procrastinating. Eventually, I had to dive in. She could be better, but I think the result is good.
You would think that the background would be simple, since it isn’t the focal point. Well, think again. I chose a light lavender color because it’s very pretty and reminds me of youth or even the Spring. This also goes, for the shades of pink. Obviously, the young woman is from an earlier time period. So, I created a simple design to complement this. I wanted it to be more suggested, but it’s not as easy as it looks. She looks as if, she could be a Southern Belle or one of the female characters, in the classic film, Gone with the Wind. I felt a scene with blossoms and column- like structures around her, would be a nice touch. Then, I painted a darker lavender color around her face and neck, making it blend in, a bit. It almost has a watercolor effect. I’m still unsure, as to whether it looks complete. However, I decided it was time to move forward.
I know the earring doesn’t match the rest of her attire, but I like the way it looks. After all, it was how I illustrated the earrings in the older drawing. Both earrings are visible in the drawing, though. Perhaps, her expression could be more pleasant, but as we know from looking at very old photographs, people didn’t smile as much. They were more serious. I do think that the whole piece looks nice, considering it was painted on a much smaller canvas.
It is acrylic on canvas and measures, 7 x 9 inches.