Saturday, October 17, 2009

October Moon

October Moon
I am making a series of watercolor paintings based on dioramas at the
American Museum of Natural History for my son Daniel's birthday next month.
Shhh...don't tell him.
Diorama detail
It has beautiful photos of the displays and behind the scene stories
of how the artwork for these dioramas were made.

68 Lovely Comments:

Anonymous Anne Marie said...

I love how you get inspired by a photo but manage to turn into something "yours". Admiration. Te deseo un buen fin de semana!

10/17/2009 7:52 AM  
Blogger vintage simple said...

Just beautiful, Gennine...! What a perfectly sweet and thoughtful present...


10/17/2009 8:06 AM  
Blogger Snap said...

Oh, Geninne! How marvelous. What a great birthday present ... for anyone!

10/17/2009 8:08 AM  
Blogger JooJoo said...

You are wonderful Geninne! You always amaze me with your work! Love you and your art!! xo :)

10/17/2009 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me parece hermosa la obra de arte que formaste a partir de esa fotografia, eres genial!, me inspiras de muchas maneras...y claro que gurdamos tu seceto ;)
Saludos Mariqui

10/17/2009 8:25 AM  
Blogger eralamaga said...

Que lindisimo!!!!! Me encanto!! Y aca Clarita, mi hija (cumple 10 el martes), y su amiga Kiki, quedaron fascinadas tambien!!!!!

10/17/2009 8:41 AM  
Blogger dc said...

Lucky Boy!!

10/17/2009 8:48 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...

beautiful! i love the american museum of natural history, we visited there for the first time this summer. what a wonderful idea for birthday presents.
you son will love it!
can't wait to see what other dioramas you chose!

10/17/2009 8:52 AM  
Blogger **WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

WHAT an amazing's SO beautiful!
You're such a talent...

10/17/2009 9:09 AM  
Blogger Courtney Price said...

That is so personal and so sweet. What a wonderful gift!

10/17/2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger Gin said...

oh my, this is impressive: are you considering selling printed copies?? I'm in love with it.

10/17/2009 9:23 AM  
Blogger Karrie Baker said...

Love this!

10/17/2009 10:21 AM  
Blogger carissa said...

I have this book too! This is a great idea, it is going to turn out wonderfully.

10/17/2009 10:31 AM  
Blogger Lau said...

Geninne es una preciosa interpretación de la foto, sos una fuente de inspiración!! gracias por compartir tus acuarelas y tu secreto con nosotras ... un especial saludo desde Fuerteventura - Canarias

10/17/2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger pklaw said...

Geninne, Thanks you so much for sharing how you used these beautiful photographs for inspiration. It is always great to glimpse into the mind of a talented artist! Truly a work of art and a gift that will be cherished always!

10/17/2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger steviewren said...

Love your special touches. Your son will be thrilled.

10/17/2009 10:42 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

What a great gift idea. I love that museum's dioramas. I like and agree with what Anne Marie said how you get inspired by things and create a fairly true representation, yet with your unique and beautiful style.

10/17/2009 10:48 AM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

Wow, lovely!

10/17/2009 11:09 AM  
Blogger pien said...

its wonderfull
both dioramas and your waterclour


10/17/2009 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Wow, it's beautiful!

10/17/2009 12:22 PM  
Blogger jouettelove said...

omg, that's so amazing, what a fabulous gift! you are so talented.

10/17/2009 12:36 PM  
Blogger Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Brilliant idea! I love the first one, and the way you interpreted it as your own. Beautiful work, yet again :)

10/17/2009 12:46 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Amazing! What a wonderful + thoughtful gift. I love your work and am sure this series will be no exception.

Happy weekend!

{ Lindsey }

10/17/2009 12:50 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

So beautiful - what a lucky son ... although I bet he thinks he's the lucky one.

10/17/2009 1:23 PM  
Blogger Eggman Studios said...

Oh my! *SO* gorgeous. What a sweet and beautiful idea for your son.

And yes, that book is fab. One of my absolute faves.

10/17/2009 1:36 PM  
Blogger june at noon said...

This one is striking. Beautiful!

10/17/2009 4:05 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Your Sonoran Desert scene is gorgeous. Daniel will love it! He's lucky to have such a talented, generous mom. He'll treasure this art for many years.

10/17/2009 4:17 PM  
Blogger Lola England said...

your picture is as beautiful if not more so than the actual picture!

10/17/2009 4:42 PM  
Blogger Carlene said...

My lips are sealed.


I love the night sky, and of course cactus are my favorite. You have the best ideas!

10/17/2009 4:45 PM  
Blogger cactus petunia said...

So amazing, and a wonderful, one of a kind gift!

10/17/2009 9:31 PM  
Blogger cowgirl in wellies said...

Your gift is just so amazing. He is a very lucky boy.

10/18/2009 12:36 AM  
Blogger maisy said...

So beautiful and what wonderful inspiration! Maisy

10/18/2009 12:51 AM  
Blogger lolly-jolly said...

it's so beautiful, geninne! wow!

10/18/2009 1:07 AM  
Blogger Geek+Nerd said...

That is such a cool idea for a series!

10/18/2009 4:31 AM  
Blogger Tabuena arts central said...

Love it genine...never run out of surprises!!!

10/18/2009 6:28 AM  
Blogger ccg said...

Your moonlit cacti and rabbit just made my day....exceptionally lovely work as always!
Cecilia g.

10/18/2009 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Nicole said...

What a fantastic idea - I love these dioramas :)

10/18/2009 8:47 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

What an amazing take on the diorama, and what a fantastic idea for a series!

10/18/2009 11:35 AM  
Anonymous fleur said...

I know this museum, it's great!!!

10/18/2009 12:04 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh boy! Beautifully interpreted. What a gift!

10/18/2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger HollyM said...

It's amazing to me how you can take a ho- hum photo and turn it into a piece of absolutely stunning artwork. I love the colors!

10/18/2009 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

The dioramas are inspiring. Makes me want to do a piece based on them also.

10/18/2009 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Quince and Quire said...

I find it intriguing that you use a photo of a diorama--two steps removed from the "real" thing--to make such beautiful art. Wonderful!

10/18/2009 3:20 PM  
Blogger Caty said...


10/19/2009 1:57 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

What a great idea. They will be beautiful.

10/19/2009 4:50 AM  
Blogger Rowena said...

What an awesome idea. I love those dioramas, they bring back a great deal of nostalgia for my youth and class trips to the Natural History Museum. That looks like a great book, too.

10/19/2009 7:49 AM  
Anonymous christel said...

what a beautiful present!

10/19/2009 8:06 AM  
Blogger May said...

Such a great idea and what beautiful paintings!!

10/19/2009 11:55 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

Wonderful! I am taking my children to the Museum of Natural History tomorrow - this will my youngest son's first visit!

10/19/2009 2:15 PM  
Blogger Melissa Z. said...

Oh my goodness, your work is absolutely gorgeous. I wonder how you find time to make such great paintings with a family! I'm sure your son will remember this gift for a long time. How many will you do? Will they be framed?

Great work, as always.

And now, I have a question:
How to you keep yourself challenged? How to you avoid falling into the familiar in regards to subject matter, brush strokes, etc?

10/20/2009 5:53 AM  
Blogger Modern Girl Style said...

Those watercolors rock!!!!!

10/21/2009 3:23 PM  
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10/22/2009 11:09 AM  
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10/22/2009 1:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

I love this illustration that you did from the books should be a lovely series and I can't wait to see it:D

10/22/2009 9:29 PM  
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10/23/2009 3:10 AM  
Blogger Erin Butson said...

you have amazing talent! wow. I love all of your work & all of your photos. beautiful, genine!

10/23/2009 7:27 AM  
Blogger simply blue said...

Your painting is wonderful... I like that you made it at night.

10/27/2009 3:30 AM  
Blogger Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

how cool! love the colors and shapes. what an awesome idea!

11/10/2009 8:20 PM  
Blogger Veda Murthy said...

this one is a mastepiece!!!!so brilliant detailing!

11/11/2009 5:28 AM  
Blogger Diana Sudyka said...

Love this, Gennine. Thanks for posting about your lovely gift. You will have to visit the old nature dioramas of the Chicago Field Museum some day...

11/13/2009 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Passionflower said...

I love, love, big love the Museum of Natural History in New York and not just the dioramas. The ethnographic sections are great - whole walls of silk slippers, snuff boxes, and even an old Chinese carriage made with bird feathers. Plus I learned more about Islam in their middle eastern section than I had reading a lot of is a truly great american museum.

11/17/2009 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Debra said...

Beautiful art. I'm so glad to have found a blog about art

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