- Polly Madel
- l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they did portraits or used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are the works of Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|Mom and Baby enjoy a day in the sun. |
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Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|15 by 22 Mixed Media|
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
I have been cleaning and packing for a move. In the process I found a drawer full of unfinished paintings. Here the the people ones I found. I like a couple of them and think they are keepers, a few are downright throw aways and a couple can be saved with more paint and creativity.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
|This is the latest of my shoe series. Each time I do one, I experiment with different techniques . I like how the colors blended on this one and I like the textures. This could also be hung vertically and would look a bit more abstract. (See above)|
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I make myself laugh when I come up with these ideas.
I love hens but really, they must have a secret life behind the hen house....these three are sneaking a smoke and they are doing it in the latest style, don't you think????
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
What says love more than candy and fish snacks . Here is See A. Tee wondering if there is more to come. For informations on purchasing click link
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
This is the very first portrait I have done. It was back in July of 2011. I thought I did a great job and have not looked at it since. Well after review of all of the work I have done in the last year or so I came across it with fresh eyes. I think it is a pretty good job but this time I saw all of what I would do differently. Does not look exactly like the reference pic which is ok but there are things I just did not capture. Now I have a new goal for 2013. No Brother Jack, I am not redoing this but will use this one as a lesson to learn from. : )
Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|Could not help but take yet one more picture of myself. It was snowing, alot, and I just had a wonderful massage...talk about being relaxed...had to get that on record. I look so old and wise...don't you think??|
|I love the lighting in this view when it snows. It is hard to capture in a photo but would |
like to figure out how to paint it. This photo serves as a reminder to me.
|Who has ever seen a chihuahua who likes to be in the snow. |
He is feeling his inner wolf. I think he ran around for
20 minutes searching for all kinds of things in nature.