It is often recommended for artists to create a series of paintings along a specific theme or style. Initially this put a lot of pressure on me…I kept thinking, what if I don’t like this style or theme in the future or what if it does not work out the way I have in my mind. Then I stopped myself and decided to just see what happened. I thought about things I like…pop culture, retro, vintage, movie stars, food… and decided to just pick something and go for it.
I then thought (yes, I think a lot…) how many paintings form a series? What if I take on too much? So I decided to pick three…that’s enough to call it a series but not too many that the thought of creating it would be overwhelming.
The first topic I selected was ‘Classic Movie Icons’, specifically my favourite person of all time Audrey Hepburn, the star of one of my favourite films Rear Window and the ultimate classic, Grace Kelly and probably the most iconic of icons, Marilyn Monroe.
I researched and created inspiration mood boards for each of these actresses – mainly to form a colour scheme and palette that was most appealing to create an abstract painting from.
After creating the moodboards I selected the paint colours that resonated with them, pink and Tiffany blue-green for Audrey, shades of blue and a hint of pink for Grace and vibrant reds for Marilyn. The composition of each piece was created in my mind and with a bit of thinking and intuition I proceeded to paint.
Below are the paintings: Audrey @ Tiffany’s, Grace on the Riviera and The only one, Marilyn.