Friday, 27 June 2014

Myrna Illustrations.....

 I'm still jumping for joy over the fact that I won 'Best Artist' at the National Vintage Awards! I've had possibly the best week ever in terms of new followers, lovely emails, commission requests and hits on my blog and website. Thankyou, thankyou it means the world to me to have my work recognised and celebrated.

So lovely to bring home the trophy!

  Since my 'Snippets of Jean' postcard sets and prints have been so successful, I just can't help but turn my creative attentions back to my favourite actress Myrna Loy. Myrna Loy has already received the Pip treatment in terms of several dolls and other little paintings, but I thought I'd start work on a whole new set of illustrations highlighting the Queen of Hollywoods effortless style, confidence and wit. 

  These are just photos so far of my work and not scans.

Myrna Loy and Joan Crawford were life long friends after meeting as chorus girls in 'Pretty Ladies' 1925 at that early point in their careers Joan was known as Lucille LeSueur and Myrna as Myrna Williams. I swear blind I read somewhere that Myrna's favourite colour was cornflower blue. However I have no idea where I read it. I'm wondering now if perhaps I dreamt it! 

I love the candy striped dress Myrna wears in 'The Thin Man' I have no idea what colour the dress originally was but its so 'Candy' I had to create it in pink, red and white!

   Lots of people ask me what I use when painting. To be honest I use a variety of top quality and inexpensive paints, various sizes of paintbrush, 6B pencils (which I get through at a rate you wouldn't believe!) and several types of paper from watercolour, acrylic, pastel or handmade Khadi paper - depending on what paints I'm using and how I want the overall finished piece to look. I used pen and ink with a tiny bit of gouache paint for my Jean Harlow project. For 'Magical Myrna' I'm trying something different again...  I like to swap and change and experiment with different materials, so for this little collection I have used coffee and hot water (yes indeed) pastel coloured canvases and gouache.

Various materials

  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend! I will have these prints (and possibly a few more) worked on, scanned and hopefully ready to show you next week. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

The National Vintage Awards......

   To my lovely friends and blog readers, thankyou from the bottom of my beating heart for all your support, votes and best wishes in the National Vintage Awards - I won!!!!!

Receiving my champagne, trophy and other goodies from Pin up model October DiVine

  Curious Pip xxxx

Friday, 13 June 2014

Lola the Beautiful Cabaret Artist and Knife Thrower's Assistant....

  The designing, sketching, stitching and sewing of this mysterious Miss left me yearning for the dazzling romance of an old travelling circus...

Lola started off in a grey star studded costume but I ended up adding a bright red jacket inspired by the 1930's one I bought for myself on a recent holiday.

I have designed Lola's body a little differently... She has a wire framed movable head and a longer swan like neck. Her cloche is made with an original piece of 1920's haberdashery.

  Many images inspired the creation of Lola, including Myrna Loy's image in her very early vamp years. Myrna Loy featured in several movies in the 1920's sporting a short blonde wig that came to little curls on her forehead. In 'What Price Beauty' released in 1928 - which is sadly now a piece of lost footage, she played 'the intellectual vampire' and wore a red velvet pajama outfit designed by Adrian, a costume in which Myrna described in her autobiography as 'very,very snaky'

  Images of a very young vampy Myrna Loy at the beginning of her long career.

Movable head in action!

Ta Da!! Wired legs too!

Working progress........Little circus slippers..

  Other visuals which contributed to my inspiration included Vanessa Paradis in the sensual, arty and oh so beautiful 'La Fille Sur Le Pont' (Girl on the Bridge 1999) and dear little Jodie Foster as Tallulah in 'Bugsy Malone' 1976

Vanessa Paradis in Girl on the Bridge

Jodie Foster

Hanging around, waiting for another shoe and a few beads and buttons here and there.

  Curious Pip xx