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05-01-2008, 10:35 AM
Welcome to the May Challenge - Be BOLD and INSERTIVE

Find a classical portrait or scene with figures and put your head on one of the bodies!

Use any medium you like.

You can alter the body shape to coincide with yours or just keep the former occupant's body. You can exaggerate your head , if you wish. Just have fun getting acquainted with the painting and yourself!

It has been noted that this project would be a light note in any portfolio.

Here's a link to lots or art http://www.abcgallery.com/

Here's an interesting one
Gustave Courbet (French, 1819- 1877) The Desparate Man 1844-45

05-01-2008, 10:57 AM
I love that title..be bold and insertive.

05-03-2008, 09:05 AM
This sounds like tooooooooooo much fun!

I'm in! :)

val irish
05-03-2008, 04:46 PM
Hello all,
Newbie here can't resist looking at everything and this caught my eye as I had done this collage a year or more ago...it was an ad for wine in a magazine and I inserted my head as well as the heads of my husband, son and sister. Then imagine my surprise last September when visiting the Prado to see this very painting, "El Rey Bebe" by David Teniers done in 1797. No credit had been given in the ad so I was thrilled to see it inthe Prado.
val irishhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2008/67556-Teniers_collage.jpg

05-04-2008, 03:11 AM
That is fantastic. What a good idea to collage your portrait in. BTW, I love David Teniers work.

05-04-2008, 08:01 AM
val....that was a great idea, turned out wonderful too!!! tyree:wave:

val irish
05-04-2008, 06:05 PM
Thank you both, very much. I made a mini of it for my travel journal with the following quote: "The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.~Amelia E Barr"

05-05-2008, 03:35 PM
Val Irish- that is a lively scene. You two are having a fun time there. Time travel is alive and well in the classical forum :p .

05-08-2008, 05:33 PM
I hope this fits into the project. It is my head on a famous painted person. A few years ago I did a bunch of self portraits in my sketchbook in the style of various artists. It was lots of fun. Sticking my face in as it were.


val irish
05-08-2008, 07:07 PM
You make a great Frida! :)
Love the idea too.
val irish

05-09-2008, 02:05 AM
I like your version very much. Especially, love the dress!! What a good idea.

I haven't picked one yet! I'm thinking of maybe a Degas ballet dancer to combine with the art heritage challenge..if I've time. Hope to do something.

05-09-2008, 05:20 AM
Thank you Val and June. Classical Art was one of the last forums I looked into and I got hooked into looking at all the wonderful interpretations in the projects and challenges and wanted to join in, even though I never really considered myself a fine artist. Tried the wax resist (still working on that) and now this.

Val you could start a new trend in family portraits and June if you combine this project with Dega's Art Heritage all you will have to do is behead your dancer :D

05-09-2008, 08:50 PM
At my age??!! :eek:

val irish
05-11-2008, 10:12 AM
Hi Janet, Great idea...I'll be on the lookout for some more suitable classics and boldly insert family .. it keeps me happy and them humored! Since I too admire Frida Kahlo and have a book of her paintings, I may try sketching/painting my head on one of her many portraits.

05-15-2008, 03:03 AM
I'll hurry up and post this before the site goes down again:lol:

My self portrait as a Modigliani model....'Woman seated in blue'. My version is 7 by 9 ins in watercolour. I had fun. I may do another one.

How is everyone??:thumbsup:

05-15-2008, 03:05 AM
I've looked at Frida Kahlo's work on Olga's gallery and I'd like to do one along those lines sometime.:cool:

05-15-2008, 08:41 AM
Lovely portrait, June. Very in keeping with what I know of you.

All the posts I set up in the last couple of days are gone! But the site is whirring now.

05-15-2008, 08:49 AM
Here's a photographic study with me as Desparate woman/Courbet. I think the eyes are not quite desparate enough though.
And the start of a pencil study of Courbet's Desparate Man

val irish
05-15-2008, 08:56 AM
I like it, June! What fun! I must get going on something. I'm leaving for a trip
to Kauai next week so may not get to it until the end of the month, but I plan to!

05-15-2008, 11:23 AM
Hi azul and val and thanks for the comments about my Modigliani style portrait. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.

I love your desperate woman portrait so far azul. Now that's grand!!

Rembrandt has a few of himself looking desperate etc. I might look at them too. But Kahlo is very appealing...with alll those monkeys and parrots, etc.

val irish
05-15-2008, 07:43 PM
Oh yes, azul, the 'desperate woman" is wonderful and it's probably a good thing that the eyes are not so desperate! You are all certainly inspiring...I had forgotten about Modigliani. Some review of the classics is in order here.

05-16-2008, 07:50 AM
Love the Modigliani and Desperate is just how I feel sometimes. Like this project so much I had to do just one more. The possibilities are endless.

Alexej Jawlensky http://the-artists.org/artist/Alexej_von_Jawlensky.html


05-16-2008, 10:59 AM
Here's me inside the Van Gogh "An Old Woman in Arles"
8x6", ink


original here:

05-16-2008, 12:20 PM
Bravo - Trafford - good rendition - Alex J. is new to me

Eyepaint - great bold lines - nice self portrait too-

Here's a study of Courbets DesparateMan - Next time will be moi!

05-16-2008, 03:49 PM
Marvelous work...Jawlensky, van Gogh and Courbet people!!!

05-26-2008, 08:34 PM
here desperate me :eek:

05-27-2008, 03:10 AM
Oh boy!! Really really desperate woman. I love the way you've done the eyes and the folds in the shirt too. How very expressive and unique. Must have been exciting to do. What size?

05-27-2008, 11:41 AM
azul....i dont know what i like best, those crazed eyes or mouth...!!! its a great piece!!!! tyree:wink2: :p :wave: :heart:

05-27-2008, 01:58 PM
Azul! I just wonder what made you pull your hair like that?
I love it! :D

I'm running as hard as possible to catch up before the end of the month!
Everyone's done a great job!!!!!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

05-27-2008, 02:44 PM
Thanks, June, Tyree, & Nickel - so glad you enjoyed it!
June, it is 8 X 11. I will set a goal as to starting to work larger one of these days:D .

05-27-2008, 03:35 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2008/65063-sue_gauguin.jpg this is a small sketchbook study in pencil and some pastel...its after gauguins 'madeleine bernard', 1888,,,,i liked the portrait of her, because she appears amused and bored of the world...i probably will not do a larger version, as i hate to look in the mirror:p :crying: :( :evil: .....tyree ..:wink2:

05-28-2008, 08:56 PM
Oh Tyree, that is endearing. I'm so glad you did that.

05-31-2008, 10:44 AM
Susan, you as 'madeleine bernard' is terrrrrrrrrrrrific :thumbsup:
You nailed the mood perfect!

You've all done a wonderful job and just by a hair, although not quiet finished, I've made it under the wire enough to post.

Here's me, :evil: after a painting c.1485. of a miniature artist's interpretation ; Joan (aka. Nickel) of Arc :wave:


05-31-2008, 06:35 PM
nickel...bravo,,,this is fabulous, love you in armour and touting a sword:p :evil: ... i like all the little details...really really like this!!!!! tyree:heart:

06-01-2008, 12:03 AM
:lol: Thanks Susan, I kinda like the whole armour and sword thing.:evil: :wave: :heart:

Thank you Azulparsnip for hosting a wonderful and fun May Challenge :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
It was nice to meet everyone!!!:wave: I had a great time :cool: :cool: :cool:

:) Nickel

06-01-2008, 01:28 AM
Hi Tyree, your Gauguin is beautiful ...I love the colours. Great mood piece.

Nickel your Joan of arc is wonderful...I love the Medieval miniature style!! Very elegant.

06-01-2008, 12:28 PM
Azul - thank you. Nice study. LOVE the desperate you!!
Susan - love the yellow... what happened to your left eye?
Nickel, or shall I call you Joan, well done with that armour!

Here's Vincent Van Gogh's self portrait with a hat:
My version of him, 9x12" acrylic:

My version with me inserted, 18x24" acrylic



06-01-2008, 01:45 PM
How cool!! I love your self portrait. Also good to see the study of van Gogh's sp.

06-01-2008, 07:05 PM
ep....arent you cute!!! love the van gogh , excellent!!!! ....the left eye was dark in the gauguin painting so i left it dark in my piece too,,,or i got lazy and left it out:lol: :p tyree:wave: