Snappy Dressers & Dandies
Growing up in a family of fashion designers, it wasn’t surprising that I was voted Snappiest Dresser in my graduating class. I travel with my camera around my neck. I’ve become very brave about asking total strangers to pose for me and some of them make it into my paintings.
We were fortunate to have a business trip to Japan. These Harajuka girls live and breath style, style, style! They sit and do their makeup with huge compacts and really work their own personal runways on the street.
The circus has always been a source of inspiration to me and I’ve been lucky enough to see Cirque du Soleil several times. The Balance piece (slightly skewed here, darn) came from a circus series of works.
Circus spills over into my own daily life. If you live in BC, you need a raincoat. I make my own from Goretex and decorate them expressively. The center panel is a decoupage panel from my front hallway.
Shoes! I find shoes that fit and then make them into what I want them to look like. The center ones were pale blue so I sponged them with lilac and pink, works very well on canvas. The leather boots are painted with paints and glitter and glazed. The lampshade from my home sports earrings dangling from its edge like fringe.
Snappy dressers and dandies don’t always even wear clothes. In 2007, I returned to weekly life drawing. I work lots of colored graphite and pencils onto dark paper and the right side grey one is done with Brushes program on iPad. http://paulaobrien.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/life-drawing-with-an-ipad/
I found this little girl dancing in Granville Island and bucked up my courage to ask a total stranger to pose for me. They were thrilled and we’ve had several photo sessions. She’s worked her charm into a whole series of my paintings.
I was squeezed up against this exotic creature on a crowded London Tube and asked her if I could take her photo. We jumped out at the next stop, snapped some shots against the plain wall and jumped back on. She’s a fashionista that works for John Galiano and other fashion house. Anna Kompaniets
Staying with red, these shots are from the wonderful Nutcracker ballet from last December at Gibson Heritage Playhouse. I’m really capturing the color and light and composition. The crunchy square format in lower left is with Hipstamatic app.
This exotic gal lives here in Sechelt. Another total stranger, I sought her out and asked her to pose for me. It sure helps to have a business card in hand to show you really are an artist. We had a great session and she’s seen in the painting in lower right.
Sometimes snappy dressers that catch my eye are not quite human. This massive Madonna sculpture towers over the square in Valencia, Spain. Over several days, whole communities march to deliver a total of 25 tons of flowers that create her massive cloak of flowers. http://paulaobrien.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/valencia-spain-the-fallas-festival/
This final photo was another fine woman I ran chased in the London Tube. She apparently dresses like this all the time and we plan to meet next time I’m in England and maybe I can snap her in many other outfits. http://paulaobrien.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/art-in-brick-lane-london-snowy-dales-in-leek-the-peak-district/
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