concept journal entry #2 ("Ladylike")

Southern women can be harsh and bold in statements and still remain "ladylike" and poised. I am using the same conflicting characteristics in this series of paintings. I am not just using different textured papers to convey the feminine qualities. I am continuing to do paintings on stretched canvas, but the application and colors relate to the concept. Harsh, heavy, bold strokes and colors with gold and silver leaf paired with delicate pastels and creamy whites applied in thick "cushy" textures are intentional choices.
 "Persistent" 48x36 (available in Dallas @ Blue Print)
"Ladylike" 36x48 (available at Ashland Gallery)