The Painted Ladies Collection: Artful Comparisons

At the time I completed the Painted Ladies collection, specifically the over-sized painted canvases, my work often reminded people of Patrick Nagel’s. If you are not familiar with Patrick Nagel’s work, he is probably most well-known for Duran Duran’s Rio Album cover.

Painted Ladies Collection: Over-sized Canvas Painting of Beauty. Art by Deborah Marsh

Patrick Nagel was an American artist who created popular illustrations on board, paper, and canvas. His work emphasized the female form in a distinctive style descended from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for Playboy and, of course, the album cover for Duran Duran.

What specifically is similar in our styles?

We both emphasize the female form in somewhat of a distinctive style. Although Nagel’s style is much more reminiscent of Art Deco than mine, we both like to use paper and canvas. We also produce more illustrative and less traditionally structured subjects. We both love bold colors; however, I tend to mix a lot more color variations than Nagel’s work portrays.

The other difference too is in the perspective of the subjects.

Nagel tends to have more proportionate forms, whereas mine tend to be more exaggerated. For instance, the faces I draw tend to be bigger, longer, and more pronounced. Nagel’s proportions are more realistic despite the lack of shading or defined features. This holds true for the full form of my subjects versus Nagel’s.

Sometimes, I feel my shapes are descended from Pablo Picasso’s Cubism period mixed with his Blue period.

All in all, my style is unique and one-of-a-kind. It is a makeup of all the direct and indirect influences in my life.

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The Painted Ladies Collection: Style Influence

I’ve always drawn inspiration from high fashion, celebrities, and the female figure. In art, this type of influential style provides admiration for those who are infatuated by its sensuality, sexiness, and beauty. You find yourself living within the fantasy of the various subjects illustrated throughout the Painted Ladies collection.

Growing up, I would cut out various images from magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and others. I kept several scrapbooks and files for art subject references. I loved to illustrate the images I collected and turn them in to works of art.

So of course, my Painted Ladies collection was no different!

At the time I was working on the Painted Ladies collection, I was into creating over-sized works of art. I wanted to develop a series of about five to six over-sized paintings in hopes to have a showing at the local gallery. I produced the 20 full-colored sketches to determine which pieces would make it to canvas.

Whoever would have thought these sketches would become the collection most sought after, even over the actual large paintings?

Now I know why.

When I look back to when I originally created the series, and compare the sketches to the paintings, the vibrancy, fluidity, and naturalness of the sketches are far more appealing and mesmerizing than the paintings could ever expect to be. It’s amazing it took me till a few years ago to realize just how incredible these sketches really were.

Painted Ladies Collection: Beauty, Canvas versus Paper

While the paintings were well received and now belong to several art-collecting enthusiasts throughout the country, the sketches continue to be sought after today.

I didn’t realize how well received my sketches were till a colleague of mine was looking through my portfolio, searching for pieces to purchase, and was drawn to the sketches. She not only purchased about half of the sketch collection, but she also encouraged me to share these sketches with the rest of the world…

Which brings me to present day, and the beautiful products displaying my wonderful Painted Ladies, available for sale at the Debbie’s Living Canvas Store!

To learn more about my Painted Ladies Collection, check out future posts from Debbie’s Living Canvas. You can also learn more about me, by visiting my About page.

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