Saturday, September 19, 2009

Art Challenge #17: The Gift

acrylic on 11" by 14" by 3/4" gallery wrapped 'The Edge' canvas
SOLD to Joy & Scott $178 plus $11 shipping

This is the 17th challenge for The Artist Challenge. It is so much fun working with this challenge and the great group of people. This challenge is The Gift - Wow - the sky is the limit with this one! AND, this is a special landmark for me! This is my 12th consecutive entry. The Artist Challenge is the 1st challenge I ever entered. I hope to make another dirty dozen! Well, maybe dirty isn't the right adjective, but what the heck! It make a good movie!

This is painted after the old master Gustav Klimt. The painting, The Three Ages of Woman was painted in 1905, oil on canvas, 180 x 180cm. It is now located in Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy. The painting is of an obviously older, distraught, standing woman looking down on a full standing young woman holding a child. For some reason, the painting is often divided into two or three images and made into posters and prints. I chose to paint the torso of only the young mother holding a child which is called Mother and Child.

There is nothing more precious than a mothers love for her child.
There is no gift on earth that is more precious to a mother.
My daughter is my gift. My daughter is precious to me.
I could think of nothing else when challenged to paint 'THE GIFT'!

I'm am including the whole painting, The Three Ages of Woman. It is such an interesting and complex painting. It takes a few minutes to take it all in. I included two different sites about Gustav Klimt above. They are both worth visiting. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by. It is always good to see you!


AutumnLeaves said...

Beckie, each time you post a new entry, my jaw drops with your talent. I am so proud of you for staying with this challenge! Keep up the good work! I hope all is well...I always worry when I haven't seen a new post in awhile!

Irina said...

I am so impressed. By the painting itself and by the "gift idea" in it. This piece is a revelation.

Megha Chhatbar said...

Oh How sweet..What lovely expressive painting . Gr8 idea!
You truly deserve an award and I have one for you. Congrats! :)

Mary said...

This is a lovely, peaceful portrayal of a gift, Beckie--beautiful job. But what really blew me away was your incredible self-portrait--truly impressive! Thank you for your art and your reflections.