15 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day Three: The Sailboat Disaster (After Joyce Wieland)

Hi everyone! I have some catching up to do with this week's challenge, so expect a few more posts this weekend. Today's design is probably one of my favourites so far - it has a slight morbidity and humour that I find appealing.

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)
The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)


About this design:

A work by Canadian artist Joyce Wieland was the inspiration for this design. She's not too well known outside of Canada, but she was highly influential in her day, including being the first living female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. I love her work Sailboat Sinking (1965) because it's both comical and slightly morbid. I also love the frame by frame design, which reminds me of a comic book or film strips.

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)
The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)
The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)

To get this look:

  • Base: OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay
  • Sky: L'Oreal Not a Cloud in Sight, OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay
  • Sailboat: white acrylic paint (sail), Essie Snap Happy + Sally Hansen Lightening (boat)
  • Water: China Glaze Well Trained, L'Oreal Not a Cloud in Sight

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)
The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those design that I loved the moment I finished it. I was telling my Step-dad about this, and he suggested painting little people in the water, but I kind of like the understated aspect of this. 

What do you think of this? Are you familiar with Joyce Wieland's work?

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16 comments:

  1. I love this! It has the perfect level of cheekiness to the morbidity, and it is so well executed!

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  2. Love the idea for these nails and how each nail depicts the sailboat sinking too. So cool!

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  3. wow, absolutely amazing nail art! I love it!

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  4. That's great! Story telling nails!

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  5. the base is just wowballs. Great stuff x

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  6. This is really amazing! I really love this!

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  7. I do not know your inspiration but your mani is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  8. Perfection - Love your inspiration & execution!

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  9. I love this! Great job! Little figures would have been kind of fun, morbid, but fun! Though, it reminds me of the time a group of us were stuck in a dead boat on a lake in a huge storm! Eeks!

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  10. Poor sail boat! Absolutely fantastic!

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  11. I love how such seemingly simple art can tell such a huge story, or invite you to makeup your own story of what's going on. That's one of the marks of a good artist, I think. Your recreation is really lovely. :)

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  12. I'm not familiar with your inspiration, but I love your nail art! Beautiful!

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  13. I love it and you did a fantastic job - the artist would be proud!

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  14. I totally understand where you're going with this one. And your painting skills are perfect!

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  15. SO GOOD! I love love love the painterly background and I love the dark humor of the story your nails are telling us :D

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