On December 4th I’ll be showing a few of my paintings in a little exhibition called Femme Fatale at The Dime bar in Clapham. It’s a 50s style bar, I’m told they do a good cocktail, there will be a singer and (if we can convince anyone to work for free) a burlesque artist. I’ve already taken the day after off work in preparation for my hangover. But it is about more than just an excuse for weekday drinking (like you need one) it is also about the art! The theme of the exhibition is Femme Fatale, and I am creating two new pieces for it (along with my favourite “I have a headache”). To start the creative process I have made a board on pinterest to put my ideas and inspiration in one place. Pinterest is really useful for that kind of thing, because people don’t always like me sticking pictures all over the wall of my flat, and so much of my inspiration is digital. It may sound lazy but searching google images is my go to for a quick hit of inspiration on any given theme. So, after googling femme fatale, it’s like google just looked directly into my head; moody black and white photos of Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth. A film noir anti-heroine, and lots of smoking (what is the modern day femme fatale’s equivalent of smoking I wonder?). My second train of thought was to look at pulp fiction book covers. Some do verge on the pornographic, and the feminist in me does not approve, but many are amazing; the 50s styling of curvy women with big hair, the colours, the courting of themes that were considered immoral and not for reading in public. So that’s where I am, at the start of my journey for these two new paintings with all these ideas swirling in my head. Time to get started. Photos to follow.
Sketch made using the Procreate app for ipad