Sunday, 24 February 2013

Nearly finished Toussian mask

Did the blue and red today.
Some retouching still left to be done
Colours seem rather harsh due to flash
As blue pigment was not very common in Africa, Reckitt's blue was an attractive alternative.
Sadly, this one-time commodity is no longer available in Western Europe. I therefore use acrilic paints.

The bird's body will be decorated with cowry shells.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


With a Ukrainian Rushnik  or towel

(Last gold lines added tonight)

Saw this East African woman today, as I left the railway station, wearing some kind of traditional Somalian dress, very bright vermillion in the afternoon light. A shining, almost Marian appearance.
My icon was walking there.

Vyaz (Вязь) or lettering reads:
Korsunsk[a]iya B[ogorodi]tsa - Korsun Mother of God

Saturday, 9 February 2013

She starts looking at me

Flesh-tones and highlights added
Still, the skin has turned out somewhat darker, (almost African) than originally "planned".
But then, she's in good company...