This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Patti Ballard and essentially it was a lesson in painting over collage. Ballard had delivered a lesson earlier in the Life Book course and I had made a pig’s ear out of it. I refer to that painting as the “monstrous mermaid”. I did produce a replacement for that lesson, a replacement mermaid, but that experience meant that I determined I would actually stick with the instructions in the tutorial and not go so far off piste this time with Ballard’s second lesson.
Ballard’s exemplar was of a whimsical female figure with a celebratory cake. I decided to follow her composition so as to reduce my risk of the lesson going pear-shaped – ever mindful of my mermaid mistakes – and I also stuck with making the figure whimsical. The idea of a celebratory cake made me think of the famous line attributed to Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake”, so I used the French Queen as the inspiration for my figure, giving her a high stacked hairdo, a wide framed skirt and a fan. I stamped the phrase “Let us eat cake” onto the painting to convey the idea of celebration, in keeping with the theme of the lesson. The cake decided me upon using lots of saccharine pink in my palette.
I am quite pleased with how this painting turned out, partly because I feel like I have redeemed myself after my response to Ballard’s previous lesson.