Radiant Faces – Lesson One. Inspiration for “The Nymph”.

Now that I have downloaded all the lessons and watched the first lesson by Effy Wild, our hostess, on how to use notes to get the most out of a painting e-course, I have been researching images for my interpretation of “The Nymph” – our first lesson given by the amazing Jane “Danger” Davenport.

By some fluke of fate, one of my USB’s has gone missing, the other won’t work for some reason, and I don’t own a printer, so I decided the best thing to do would be to upload my images here, and then get them printed at the shop, as I can access my own blog from any computer. Then I decided I may as well show you what I am thinking of doing.  So here they are, in no particular order. I hope I give credit where it’s due.

First we have this lady.


Charles Amable Lenoir A Nymph in the Forest (oil on canvas)

This is similar to the images some of my classmates are using for inspiration. Although I can definitely see why many are inspired by these paintings, I don’t think I will be using this type of picture as my muse.

Then there is this:


Water Nymph by Shorra, deviantArt (http://www.deviantart.com/art/Water-Nymph-332687660)

This picture is more up my street, but I think attempting a figure lying on her side might be pushing myself a bit too hard for lesson number one. I guess I’ll save her for another time.

Then there’s this one:


I couldn’t find any information on this. I will be looking again later and will add anything I find.

This is from a play, or a dance, by the looks of things. I just love the long pointy branch-like things and the elaborate make-up with huge green false eyelashes. I might use this, or at least take some of the ideas and use them in my interpretation. We’ll see.

How about this one?


This is by blackmoons32, deviantArt (http://blackmoons32.deviantart.com/art/Nymph-292811411)

Now this really is inspiring to me. I love the facial expression. I love the hair, the background, the butterflies… if I do this one, it will be quite like the original insomuch as placement and features used are concerned. I’m not implying I am good enough to render a portrait as good as this one, so please don’t take this the wrong way!

Next up we have:


The Verdant Mandrake, from a game called Legend of the Cryptids.

This was actually the first image I downloaded, and it is another image that I may well use as is. It’s an avatar for a game, whether on-line or a card game, I really can’t say.

And finally we have this lovely lady:


Wood Nymph by Xaomi, deviantArt (http://www.deviantart.com/art/Wood-Nymph-126626347)

Now this picture appeals to me for a couple of reasons. Initially because of her expression,  her doe-y eyes and the leaves around her face. Another thing is I would have no torso to deal with. Then again, I am trying to improve my art so I really shouldn’t shy away from things that “sound” difficult. I ought to make the most of this wonderful opportunity, and do all I can to try things I normally wouldn’t dare do.

I am going to be doing two portraits per lesson, hopefully. I will make a “copy” of one picture, more or less, then I will do one of my own without following a specific painting or photograph. So if you have any thoughts on which one would be the best “Nymph” for me to use in my first painting of my first lesson, please leave a comment. I do enjoy reading your comments and would be grateful for any feedback. Thank you!


2 thoughts on “Radiant Faces – Lesson One. Inspiration for “The Nymph”.

    • Wow so sorry I haven’t been around for a few days – I have had a LOT to do. When I get back I will be posting my take on “The Nymph” – I used a picture I didn’t even post!
      Thanks for the nomination! I will have a look-see what it’s all about when I get back from the shops.

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