Monday, January 10, 2011

A Pair of A Pair


Here is another submission to a challenge that came down to within a couple hours of the deadline! This is challenge #16 at Rookie Painter. Two photos were given as reference - I chose to paint them both, as 2 separate paintings. Just loved playing with the shadows & the colors. These were actually very quick paintings, done this evening, with the same color palette in each. I am always so amazed that such simple subjects can be so much fun to paint! These were a lot of fun to paint - I can almost see a whole series of these. All different frames & colors. But I'm not so sure the eyeglass shop will love me taking pictures of all the frames! LOL

Seriously though, I think they would make a great series. I have worn glasses my entire life, since kindergarten when they sent me home with a note saying "she can't see the board & is in danger of failing!" Failing kindergarten, wow! So I got my lovely pair of blue plastic glasses, and all the kids called me 4 eyes. Ah, the sweet memories of childhood!

Glasses really are a marvelous item though, and have helped me in ways of both being able to see & also, not to see. One part of my career was spent teaching & doing large group seminars.  I found I was very good at public speaking simply because I would take my glasses off & no one was very clear. Hard to get stage fright of people you can't see! ;)

Each painting is acrylic on canvas, about. 8 x 5.

8 comments:

martinealison said...

Tout comme vous ma chère Nancy je porte des lunettes depuis ma plus tendre enfance... A cette époque on était ridiculisée par la plupart des enfants... (serpent à lunette...). On est effectivement exclu à certains concours... A un certain moment de ma vie, je portais de grosses lunettes qui me mangeaient la moitié du visage comme pour me réfugier de ce désavantage de ne pas voir comme tout le monde...
A présent porter des lunettes devient une coquetterie et tant mieux.
Vous avez eu raison de peindre ces deux paires-là séparément. Elles sont magnifiquement bien peintes, bravo.
Gros bisous

yasha said...

Nancie you got them so close to the originals.The shadows beautifully painted.
I loved reading your commentary too and can relate to you as I too have worn them since I was a little kid and without them I consider myself partially blind.:)

Barbara said...

Lovely job on these Nancie. I think the eyeglass store might be interested in owning and displaying these. I'm a lifetime eyeglass wearer. I won't usually take them off for pictures, because they seem so much a part of my face.

Irina said...

My mother bought me very fashionable first glasses, when I was 10, so the 4 glasses situation became a pleasure from the beginning)).
These results are so good, want to put on and go.

AutumnLeaves said...

Fabulous tip on the public speaking, Nancie! LOL Love the glasses too!

Nancy Goldman said...

Very well done Nancie. I can't believe you painted them so quickly! Great idea for the public speaking too. When I have to speak in front of people, all I see is eyeballs because I'm so freaked out. Unfortunately, it won't work for me because I only have trouble seeing up close.

Starr said...

They both turned out wonderfully! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Margaret Bednar said...

I love your attitude! Just loved how you concurred stage fright!

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