Twelve ladies, all members of the volleyball club LEEVOC from Leeuwarden, have posed as a Calendar Girl to raise money for a charity. I have used the twelve photos to create a set of new calendar girls. The paintings are quite small (18 x 13 cm only) and painted with acrylic on canvas. (photos by Sander Versteeg)
The portraits of ten women from ten different countries shown below are all painted on canvas and are all of similar size (50 x 40 cm). But different techniques have been used: acrylic (nos 1, 2, 4, 8) and oil paint (nos 3, 6, 10), high-gloss paint (no 7), coloured pencil (no 5) and charcoal & crayon (no 9). They are all titled ‘woman’ but in the language of their country.
1. Kadin (Turkey), 2. Kobieta (Poland), 3. Vrouw (Netherlands), 4. Femme (France), 5. Nãri (Bangladesh), 6. Musali (Zambia), 7. On’na (Japan), 8. Umfazi (South-Africa), 9. Woman (UK), 10. Muso (Mali).
Each of the ten ladies also have something extra that has been added to the painting: sun-glasses, necklace, earring, dress straps, nose jewel, hair-comb, chopsticks, braid, thick lips, headscarf.