Brooksie

brooksie jordan wester

I finished “Brooksie.” She’s gouache on 10″ x 10″ canvas. Unfortunately, this painting took me forever to complete despite its small size. I spent all of March with hives because I suddenly developed an allergy to rye bread. So, so weird. I’m not allergic to anything- or at least, I used to not be.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the progress from “Zelda.” This is much closer to what I had in my head. Now I wish I’d been bolder and more committed to outlines with “Zelda” but I’m not going back to rework it. I already have the next canvas for a new painting prepped.

As a teen, I discovered Louise Brooks in a book about silent stars and fell in love. She was so mischievous, passionate, and intelligent. I hunted for any of her films in the local video shops, but there weren’t any. I wouldn’t see her most famous movie, “Pandora’s Box” until decades later. If you’d like to know more about Louise, I suggest you read her memoir, “Lulu in Hollywood.” Peter Cowie put together an impressive and beautiful photo book about her, “Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever,” that is incredible. It’s expensive, so it may be a good idea to check the nearest library.

louise brooks pearls

  This is the photo by Eugene Robert Richee that inspired my painting.
Work in progress pictures:

"Brooksie" in progress. #painting #jazzage #flapper #louisebrooks #silentstar #surrealism

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"Brooksie" #inprogress #art #painting

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A @thesketchbookproject ! Thank you, @wythehotel !

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Brooksie #wip #painting #surrealism #aqua #art #flapper #1920

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