Three Thumbprint Ladies

This postcard was made in this way – Paint the background. Paint some sort of rectangular shapes. Decide they are dresses for some ladies. Put paint on your finger and press it on the background, above the rectangles. Add some arms, legs and faces using a pen. There! Suddenly you have three ladies looking back at you.


From May, 2016.


15 thoughts on “Three Thumbprint Ladies

  1. Victoria Dillard

    I’m not an artist. I’m a woman who desperately wishes I was one so I’m putting real life off to the side for just a moment today to see what three little ladies I can create. Thank you for your wonderful art.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I’ve made a lot of “people” this way and it never fails – each one emerges with a personality all her/his own. I love that. I’d like to be one of these ladies in a few years, I’d be the one wearing the more comfortable shoes!

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    They are obviously doubtful by nature, but, once they get to know you, they get the biggest beautiful smiles on their faces. I am sure of it. Just stick around and see!

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    This made my day, I am so happy these three had something to say to you (and that it was good!). I have made lots of these ladies (usually I turn them into women, I’m just more interested, being one myself) and I sometimes make paperdolls along the same lines (I think if you search paperdolls on my blog you might see some). It is strangely soothing to create something like this – quick, nothing perfect about it, and yet it comes to life. Seems like magic to me, but I think doing art is all like that!

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. It’s like finding patterns in clouds – you paint, and then you get the idea of what you are painting. That is, if you are me. It’s maybe a backwards way to work, but it seems to fit my mind’s way of wandering along…

  6. galeriaredelius

    I love how you let us know how to do it! You make it sound so easy, although it’s not. Not if you want to get that unique Claudia McGill touch to it, those face expressions and body postures that I find nowhere else. Hm… Maybe (but really, very maybe) I could give it a try… I’ll think about it! 🙂

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Well, I think you’ll find that you will create people with your own look and they will be quite distinctive if I go by your other work…I hope you do try it, it is just plain fun and I can’t express enough how when you have the fingerprint the rest just falls into place – somehow it seems to lead the rest of the figure along. I love doing these people as they fit my lack of “real” drawing skills and yet I can do something I like, creating expressions and personalities.

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, it is surprising to me that such a few lines and a fingerprint of paint can yield such results. Once again, I am reminded that usually, less is more, and to tread carefully in my work so as not to cross the line from complete to – chaos!

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