Welcome to our opening challenge for What’s Next Wednesday! This weekly art event, inspired by the book Steal Like an Artist, is made to challenge you creatively and help you develop your style alongside some of history’s biggest artistic geniuses. Although that’s a mouthful, please don’t be intimidated by the scope of this adventure. Any and all artists and creators are welcome, as are art connoisseurs, art historians, doodlers, plumbers, stay-at-home moms, and people whose names begin with the letter “j.” Create something big or something small. Something complex or something simple. Just. Create. If you haven’t visited the page for this weekly event yet, check it out here for a few more details, a cool badge you can add to your page, and some limited rules.
Alright, off we go! This week’s challenge is as follows:
Create a likeness of the Mona Lisa, and include the reason why she is wearing such a sly smile somewhere within your artwork!
Don’t forget to tag your work with #whatsnextwed so your project is visible to other participants. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Feel free to get started, or read on for my take on this challenge!
I decided to draw Mona in front of the Louvre, where she has been housed since 1797. As she has kept alive there for so many years, I can’t help but think she would smile at her caretaker if given a chance. Also, I included the background to pay homage to Leonardo’s use of a landscape in the original painting. This was a new concept at the time and really changed the course of art in his area of the world. Since I like the vibrant, “drippy” approach to watercolor, that part of the painting is purely me (as influenced by several other artists who take this approach as well). Materials used include an india ink pen, Winsor & Newton watercolor paints and Fluid hot press watercolor paper.