Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Eva is inside her pink cat. The marigold lady.




This is my contribution, another mixed media work and a watercolor sketch, to Kristin’s ‘Summer of Color’ where the running color combination is hot pink and orange.

As I did in my last post, this week also I have been trying to visualize the short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, though with what level of success this time, I am not so sure. 

The story is ‘Eva is Inside Her Cat’ and like in all the writings of Marquez there is a strong element of unreality, mysteriousness and to me, a sense of wonder. 

 The pretty girl, Eva, kills herself to be free of the burden of her own beauty and the consequence of a psychosis where she feels her blood is full of insects that run out at night. She feels an overwhelming desire to eat oranges from the tree under which is buried the boy who loved her but she realizes she has no body to taste the fruit and so enters the body of the family cat. Only then does she understand that everything had changed and three thousand years had passed since she first desired to eat an orange.

Though the metaphorical context connects Eva with Eve, the orange with the Forbidden Apple, what appealed to me is the visual I had of this girl in the body of a cat looking at the orange tree. 

I used a bit of packing cardboard and let the fringe of thin sponge stay on. Layering it with numerous colors I tried to bring in the atmosphere of supernaturalism, at the same time humanizing it with a girls face for the cat. I have created a rather strange looking pink cat and orange tree!












A sketch I did for the color theme of pink and orange, this Indian lady in bright orange sari with marigolds in her hair. 









Who is she waiting for?




I had a great time last week with the colors of citron green and turquoise and the fantastic entries! Each entry looked great and unique.
 
Here’s hoping all of you have a great week of color!

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25 comments:

  1. Hi Zafaran. A very original image, and it is so interesting to read of the inspiration for the painting.
    You say that the cat and tree are strange, but so they should be in a surreal and supernatural setting. I love it, and the idea of painting a lade with a pink and orange sari.

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  2. Just beautiful pieces, the Indian lady is so lovely.

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  3. Hi Zafaran. Enjoyed your post and your work. Love the lady.:) Thanks.

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  4. oh how pretty are these latest art pieces!!!! lovely post!!!

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  5. She was waiting for me to come by and say HI :)))) Lovely art. ManonX

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  6. Lovely art projects - thanks for sharing Ali x

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  7. I love your lady!!!
    Nice pinks!!!

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  8. I so love your pink cat and the orange tree. The indian girl is sweet.Great art.

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  9. WOW, beautiful post especially the mythical story :). Gorgeous rendition of that too, with beautiful mixed media cat & orange tree piece. The lady in saree is so sweet. I have seen many Indian ladies wearing gorgeous sarees here in Kuala Lumpur, live very near to Little India town as well...so I might go visit their pretty shops soon. Thanks for the inspiration!.

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  10. Oh, these pieces are just wonderful! I LOVE LOVE that story and your interpretation and execution of it, and yes, a sari for this color combination is brilliant, xoxo

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  11. fabulous projects for this week's SOC! Love your story behind the first piece.

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  12. Wonderful Indian Lady in beautiful colors!

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  13. Beautiful paintings perfect for this weeks colour combination:)

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  14. I absolutely LOVE your beautiful creations! So, so wonderful and creative! I am in awe of your talent - thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  15. Wow, these are both so beautiful. I love that your first one incorporates a story, it has so much depth.

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  16. Marigolds are so popular in India, right? As I've said before I love your idea of sketching from stories. The cat and the tree look so whimsical.

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  17. Your inspiration for this piece put it all in perspective. And the lady in the sari is amazing!!

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  18. So cool how your interesting story influenze the wonderful painting! I love, when they tell a story and yours is very cool!!! ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  19. Beautiful. I so love your strange looking cat =) and the story behind it.
    xx

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  20. Love the story and your painting!

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  21. I love both creations for the challenge but I especially love the flowers in her hair... so perfectly summery...xx

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  22. Beautiful pieces love the girls beautiful hair, and the orange in the tree...

    Hugs Giggles

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  23. I loved hearing the background and what inspired the image. Beautiful use of the colours. :)

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  24. How beautiful your pink cat is! The Indian girl is just awesome!

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  25. Wow! You are a very busy and creative soul!! I am enjoying looking at all the goodies here! I love your hot pink and orange fun!!

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