Sunday, February 01, 2009

Adventures in 18th Century Fans

Hello everyone in blog land, I hope you are all doing well. I'm getting over a nasty cold that turned into bronchitis and sinusitis, woohoo. Anyway, I went to see the doctor yesterday and she gave me some nice drugs. I should be back to normal in a few days.

During my annoying cold and forced resting. I'm a horrible patient and I hate just lying around all day. I love being home but I have to have something to do and I hate not being able to go on walks or work out. Anyway, I started researching 18th century fans. I've been wanting a more authentic one for some time, but no one makes them. So I decided I would paint my cheap bamboo stick paper fan. I spent all day today painting away, and amazing I did the whole thing in about 4 hours. It was so relaxing and fun. I used gouache and a gold metallic pen. It's not perfect, I haven't painted since collage, but it sure was fun. Now I have a better fan for reenacting. Enjoy :-)

Me (without makeup, scary) being silly.

Well, that is all for now. I am still working on my dress planning. I haven't purchased any fabric yet, but I hope to in the next couple of weeks. I have to work out some kinks in the design still. God Bless!

3 Witty Sentiments:

lissawi said...

*gasp* Lauren, that is beautiful! You are a fantastic artist! I hope you are feeling better soon!

Sarah Jane said...

I must ehco Lissa's sentiments! That is incredibly beautiful! Hope you are over your cold by now. I've been fighting a sinus infection the past few days. Ick. I'm SO ready for warmer weather to get here! Winter can be so depressing when you are sick and it's cold and the snow is the dirty and ugly to look at outside. :(

And you look just beautiful without makeup. I think that is one of my favorite pictures of you.

Anonymous said...

No one makes them? I'M making them! :-) Take a look at www.artbyaurora.net... (it's about to be updated with more fans soon, hand painted paper fans, silk fans with sequins etc.).
I like your fan, anyway. Great work! :-)