Saturday, June 26, 2010

Photographic Inspiration:Pre-Raphaelite, Botticelli and Others

So, for now I am working on dolls(the same ones still!) and taking more self portrait photographs.  I still feel the need to tell a story and keep being inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and recently by Botticelli's "Primavera"
Sometimes, I feel really stupid taking these photos of myself, but I can tell when I am ready to take more when I start to go back and edit one set over and over again.  I get all antsy for new photographs and I never know when that will strike so it is just easier if I take them of myself-especially since recently my old enemy insomnia has come back to visit me.  Anyway, finally have to set up everything, figure out a scene and costumes and just do it.
 They are by no means masterpieces but they are something to me-Something I feel I must keep doing(Probably something people would like to see less of but what can you do).
The ones above were inspired by a gorgeous bouquet of green and white flowers that I made into a headpiece.  This was good because the flowers were on their way out so I had to make myself get going and do the photos.
 You have seen one from this set before when I did my Divine Diptych of an "Allegorical Painting" and chose Botticelli's "Primavera.  I went on to take a few more(It took me forever to get this outfit together and all that so why not?).
 A lot of silly stuff went into getting these photographs together, but I'm not telling!  I finally finished a new set that I will share later.  And, I am really excited about 2 new vintage dresses I found for super cheap prices that will work for so many ideas.  I also have a grand project I am working with 2 amazing models.  I will give you one hint: it involves lots of white feathers!


Edera Jewelry said...

Hi Merle! I love that top series of photos--you're getting me all inspired to work on some Pre-Raphealite jewelry! I'm still picking out paintings to use as inspiration :) I'm going to do a blog post about it too, as soon as I know the date of the show!

mamabeaks said...

love the photos and can't wait to see the new project.

RowanDeVoe said...

Thanks Ivy! Will send you an email with the rough dates!

Thanks Linda-you will be one of the first to know about the new project-it will be a tricky one to coordinate!

Holly Loves Art said...

You are GORGEOUS! I think these have to be some of my favorites yet. Absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing.

Heather said...

wow merle, these are so striking! The colors are you. and YOU are so pre-raphaelite! You're going to inspire me to start painting my ladies :) I need to get going!~

Christine said...

Your photos keep getting more and more beautiful! Don't feel stupid about taking images of yourself~you have a beauty that transcends any time period..the kind artists would hire to pose for them. Take advantage of what you were born with!!
So happy to see you creating art~

Caryn Strauss-Smith said...

Wow! These photographs are beautiful. DO NOT stop doing them, they are wonderful. I just discovered you on Etsy (nothing for sale-boo!)and then because I was captivated by your style in art, I found this page. You are extraordinarily talented. I do not say that lightly! Keep doing this and whereever it takes you. Great stuff!