Saturday, February 13, 2016

Baboushka Kitty

I finally finished this gal. She was going to be my Christmas card last year, but I started her too late, then had some 'real work' deadlines and had to put her aside. 

She is a Russian Baboushka. The traditional baboushka outfit is just a crazy mix of patterns and color, with seemingly no regard for what might go well together. Therein lies its charm. So I pushed that as far as I could and had a lot of fun. The black floral border is a Khokhloma pattern, which is also a Russian thing. 

I could do this same 'look' digitally, and might if I decide to keep going with this kind of art because boy howdy this was fussy to do with pencils, and was s-l-o-w. I also had to burnish (press really hard) to get the colors saturated enough, and that does bad things to one's hand after a while. I wanted to have an original piece though, rather than just a digital file, so I kept going with it.

Here are a couple of details, so you can see that yes, it is in fact colored pencil ~

I will make cards and prints and put them in the arCATecture etsy shop soon, and maybe make some stuff on Zazzle too.


Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

WOW! And you reminded me of another reason I went digital all those years ago... I had forgotten the hand stress. Hm!

Bonny said...

This made me laugh straight off, and then I could marvel at the detail and complexity. Just thinking about burnishing it makes my hands hurt. Beautiful work!

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Marianne Kearns said...

My great-great-great-grandmama was from Poland, Bubba; she lived in the mountains of PA with Popo at the turn of the century - wish I couldve met them. Yippee! I'll getta meet'm soon in the Great Beyond where Im going.

I'm a sower, we plant the Seed; I'm an artist, we write the Word.

Find-out where we went on our journey far, far away like the synonyMOUSE metaphors which shall creeep stealthily across thy brain bringing U.S. together.

And see if you cannot 'read-between-the-lines' -or- VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to the wise): here's summore symbiotically-explosive-coolness done in sardonic satires when we passed-away:

Here's what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go git'm, girl. You're incredible.
See you Upstairs...