For the month of April, Vevie and the gang from the Virtual Paintout (HERE) went to Bulgaria, via Google Street View!
(can click on any pics to enlarge)
I've come to believe that as long as there shines a Moon in the sky, so shall the Bulgarian people endure.
I'm not talking political parties or governments. I mean the true people of Bulgaria. I was moved to tears as I read Bulgaria's tumultuous history. Here is my nutshell version:
They are an ancient people, with rich traditions. The first Bulgarian Empire was established in 681 AD, and was a cultural hub for the Slavic peoples during the Middle Ages.
But in 1396 they came under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for the next 5 CENTURIES. After many uprisings over the years, they won their country back about 1878.
Conflicts... wars... and eventually Bulgaria became a socialist state in 1946, ruled by the Communist Party.
Finally, in 1989 the people were allowed their first-ever free elections, and transitioned to a democracy.
Bulgarians have endured such suffering and hard times over the centuries, yet even when almost wiped out as a people, they survived. They endured.
They are not a rich people on average, but have a rich heritage. Isolated monasteries and Catholic communities played a large role in preserving the sense of national identity when it was threatened with extinction.
They struggle even now to come up to the "standards" of other European countries. But they are trying. And I am sure nothing will stop the people of Bulgaria.
I call my painting "Shoot For The Moon" in their honor:
Now, to the WIPs (making-of photos):
My inspiration location,
Smolyan Province, Bulgaria:
I ran it through Photoshop,
played with color, and
decided on this night scene:
Used vine charcoal this time to
draw the image onto the canvas.
Ugh... didn't like all the smearing:
Softened it with Paynes Gray acrylic,
then sealed with medium:
Loose the color!
Underpainting with Transparent Yellow
and Quinacridone Magenta:
Blocked in the sky, clouds,
moon and parts of the church:
Finished up the block in, and added
the next several layers; haven't added
the black yet for the tree silhouettes,
wrought iron fence, and Vevie:
Here showing how the image
wraps around to the sides:
Close-up of the church:
Vevie would feel left out if
she didn't get her own close-up:
And once again, the finished painting:
"Shoot For The Moon"
Smolyan Province, Bulgaria
9 x 12 acrylics
on wrapped canvas
Vevie (rhymes with Stevie) says thank you for visiting and Happy Painting!