Skins of an Orchestra - my copy of Dali

/ Thursday, 9 August 2012 /

 The original Salvador Dali painting.  "Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra".   I've loved lots his work since I was very young (think 12 years old). But at the time, many of the themes were very out of my depth. I really liked this particular painting (plus it wasn't as intricate or as photorealistic as his other works) so I set out to make a copy of it for my room.

My final version. I decided to not include the trombone.

I kept on delaying this for months. I would only work on it when I had spare time (read: uni semester break). So all in all, this took more than a year (but realistically, it wouldn't have been more than 5 days  of painting!).

The perspective is a bit out of whack, but overall I'm very happy with it! Also, the lumpy bits in the background are from the painting underneath (I love painting over old and unsighlty works of mine haha). 

I think its really time to start an original work of my own.   Suggestions anyone?

Have a superb week :)


{ Jane } on: 9 August 2012 at 21:36 said...

Whaaaaat this is so good????
I think you should paint a portrait of me next.

{ Wai Lam } on: 10 August 2012 at 01:48 said...

haha thanks jane :) i'm not very good at portraits may end up looking like... velma but without glasses.

{ Christian } on: 11 August 2012 at 11:33 said...

truly beautiful!! im shocked. i will buy one if you are willing to sell.

it is appreciated if you take time to visit my blog :)
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{ Janet } on: 12 August 2012 at 04:35 said...

this is awesome! :o and I totally understand drawing out creative projects for ages haha.

{ Shinly Fransisca } on: 12 August 2012 at 06:33 said...

this cool :O so artistic <3

{ Sam } on: 12 August 2012 at 09:39 said...

Whoa this is amazing! You have such a great skill at the brush! I recall when I had to copy paintings I was dying- especially when it came to surrealist/abstract pieces. I know I'm very traditional but I prefer Rembrandt/Caravaggio/Vermeer with the more classical 'salon' approaches. Shame on me. But yes you should start your own work! I recommend just keeping a sketchbook and continuously drawing in it and making many mistakes and then just start on your own painting!

And thanks for the comment :)


{ Wai Lam } on: 12 August 2012 at 20:54 said...

haha thanks! i tend to do that, but i reckon it ends up looking better if you take your time. are you doing any mini film projects right now?

{ Wai Lam } on: 12 August 2012 at 20:55 said...

thanks for stopping by shinly! keep visiting for more :)

{ Wai Lam } on: 12 August 2012 at 21:03 said...

Hi Sam! Thanks heaps for visiting! I've been reading (and loving) your blog for the past year :) you can say i'm a bit of a fan haha

i find that Dali's artworks pretty much have similar techniques to Vermeer (i painted a copy of girl with the pearl earring for dear mum), but of course using more saturated colours. I find that also there are often many focal points in Dali's work and different areas of focus, so its a lot more tedious since you want to capture all the details!

{ Janet } on: 14 August 2012 at 04:57 said...

no unfortunately :/. don't have enough time + resources *sigh*.

{ Wai Lam } on: 14 August 2012 at 05:02 said...

awww :( well, when you have time and the moolah to make some clips, post it up! and sorry, i mistook you for someone else on tumblr hehe

{ Xixia } on: 22 August 2012 at 06:21 said...

Hello Wai-lam, I just found your blog through Jane's, and oh goodness...I am so glad I did. :)
This painting is so awesome, and you're super talented for being able to paint this. I wish for the life of me I was more artistic, visually, but the most artsy I've ever felt was when I'm playing the piano. XD
You should definitely start your own work! I'd be so interested in seeing it.

♥ xixia |

{ Wai Lam } on: 23 August 2012 at 22:02 said...

thanks so much for the lovely comment :)

haha my musical skills...are practically nonexistent (well i have no natural talent in that area). that's why i swapped my violin bow for paintbrushes ahahha.

yep, keep an eye out for that :)

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