Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Three Graces

The Three Graces 20 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
As you all may know by now this is a theme I keep revisiting.  The composition is taken from Botticelli's 3 graces in La Primavera but appears over and over again in art throughout history.  
The angles and the harmony are always a stretch to capture, but get easier everytime.
Above: Detail of La Primavera (Botticelli)
Painting these three ladies feels a lot like when I paint the celtic knots.   My brain has to move in a different way to capture the dance of the lines.   I meshed the composition with the Impressionist style which I have
 been so captivated with lately.
Below is a painting by Edgar Degas that I kept looking at while I was painting the above painting.
Above:  Edgar Degas, 1890 Oil
Dancers in Blue

As is usually the case, the picture of the painting I have listed does not capture the depth of color.  I layered hundreds of colors and there are loads of reds, yellows, greens etc in their skin and dresses.  


  1. Wow! Carrie your art just blows me away every time! So beautiful and all that great texture! I love both of these pieces!

  2. Most beautiful painting I've ever seen! Will you sell this as a print? I'm pregnant with my third girl...would be great in our home. :)