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Paintings are Finished + New Video!

These two ladies are finished and have been entered into the 64th Annual Pensacola Museum of Art Members Exhibition. I'll be finding out in one week if Madames Papillon and Des Oiseaux are accepted. The suspense is KILLING me.

I also have a new speed painting video! I finally finished editing all of the footage from Madame Papillon and I think it came out quite nicely. I'll be publishing a slower version of this video with commentary for my Tier 3, "The Ant's Pants", reward and a tutorial on how to paint hair.

The Inspiration Behind the Painting and Video

One of my favorite movies is Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and I'd wanted to paint La Reine Du France for a long time. I find the movie to be so creatively inspiring with its vivid color palettes and 18th century costume. I've had a slew of ideas pinned on my Pinterest board for ages but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to start.

I watched the movie again a few weeks ago and decided to start with La Reine, herself. I used a photo of Kirsten Dunst in costume as a reference. I didn't intend to capture her likeness, but I did and quite well, if I do say so myself.

I wanted the music in the video to be Marie's favorite symphony, Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 85 in B-flat major, which was nicknamed "La Reine" (The Queen), but I couldn't find it available to download. I settled on Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and although it was written years after her death, I think it fits the video well.

The butterflies in the painting represent the carefree days of youth and innocence. I named her Madame Papillon, not only for the butterflies, but I found that her story was in ways very similar to that of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. They both married young, they had what they loved taken away from them and both met untimely deaths.

I hope you guys enjoy this video and I'll keep everyone posted on the status of the exhibition! Toodles!

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