Good morning everyone. Today I’d like to delve into the archive and show you some of my paintings of strong women. These are from a couple of years ago. And as I looked at loads of images, I realised that I quite often work on themes, sometimes without really being aware. Actually, I did this painting ‘The Caged Bird’ for an exhibition ‘Vote 100 – A Century of Change?’ . And it was to mark the one hundredth anniversary of votes for women in the UK. Honestly, I was so thrilled to be included in the show (and even more thrilled when it sold!) But then the curator asked me for more images of women for another exhibition. And I realized how many paintings and drawings I had on this theme of strong, brave women.
Purple, Green and White – the Colours of Strong Women
Incidentally, in this painting I wanted to show how the suffragettes broke free of a confined, stifling life. And then they led the way for all women to claim equal rights. Of course, this was just the beginning of female emancipation here in Britain. As you might have noticed, she is reaching out to a flower painted in the suffragette colours of purple, green and white. Just before she breaks out of the cage. Apologies for the poor image – I have since thrown that camera away!
The Problems of Modern Life
Finally, this is a mixed media piece, including oil pastel, chalk pastel, acrylic and ink. And I created it in response to a callout for a show about women facing the problems of modern life. In fact, I did the basic drawing at Life Drawing class – back in the day! Oh how far away that time seems now! Anyway, I found this model very inspiring and I made a few works based on her really dynamic poses. But, perhaps I’ll do another post with those pieces, plus more paintings of strong women. (You could look at Gallery – People for a sneak preview) Watch this space!
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Great post Margaret! It’s very important to bring the art of so many women artists that have been ignored or not given their proper place in art history. Lovely 😊
Thank you, Francisco. You are so right – I always really enjoy your own posts on women artists!
Beautiful. Specially the second one. I like chalk pastel a lot.
Thank you so much. I love working in pastel, but, as I can’t use spray fixative, the paintings can be very vulnerable. This one is framed behind glass, so it’s ok.
Powerful wonderful work where beauty if passionately infused into the images, Margaret. I think some of my favorite work is of women – so close with nature in flow and grace and endurance…wonderful two samples, Margaret – hope you do create more! ♥️
Thank you so much for your support, Felipe. I’m sure I will show some more examples soon!