|"Christmas, Countess Style'"...Gouache|
I've been illustrating this slinky glamour ghoul, in her Schiaparelli pink gown, on and off throughout 2017 - she's become quite a pal. I see no reason to forsake her at Christmas, or indeed, as we head into 2018 - she's fast becoming my fashion icon!
She is inspired by all the glamour vamps of the 1930's 40's,50's and 60's so, think, Gale Sondergaard, Maila Nurmi, Carolyn Jones or Carroll Borland, throw in some high glamour from the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli and voila! you have The Countess!
I love her bare bones tree and ghosty tree decorations. This painting is a huge homage to the fabulous American cartoonist and his creation of The Addams Family. His wonderful, macabre illustrations of the Addams Family troupe appeared in The New Yorker regularly from the late 1930's to the mid 1980's. Seriously, do some research they're witty, deadly, but oh so funny.
May I take this opportunity, on this short but sweet little post, to wish my friends and followers who celebrate Christmas to have a wonderful festive time and I look forward to sharing with you my inspirations, work and witterings in 2018.