"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Creations Friday - Billie Dove

As I am a silent film fan, I am so thrilled to be able to work with this beautiful image of silent film star Billie Dove.  Billie started out in the Ziegfeld Follies. However, since Mrs. Ziegfeld was worried that her husband and Billie were getting just a bit too close, Billie decided to try her luck in Hollywood.  (Mrs. Ziegfeld was stage and film star Billie Burke, who played the good witch Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.) 

In Hollywood, Miss Dove soon became a hit in silent films and made many popular features.  She retired from films soon after the advent of sound.  She had a three year affair with, and was once engaged to Howard Hughes, the famous recluse billionaire.  Billie Dove passed away at the ripe old age of 94 at the Motion Picture Home.

Sadly, few of her films still remain.  But thankfully, there are many lovely photos that preserve her etherial beauty for us to this day.

We were given this gorgeous photo to alter for Art Creations Friday.

I love sepia-toned photos; but decided that for this photo, I would experiment with using watercolors to softly color the image.  Here's the result:


  1. I love reading the little bits of history that come with these beautiful stars. Thank you for that.
    Love how you've coloured the bride. Fabulous. xx

  2. Stunning! I love your watercolors and this just tops the cake. Tina

  3. Wow this is really beautiful.

  4. I didn't realize who she was.. you did a gorgeous job on her.. thanks for following my blog.. got you added on mine now too..

  5. It looks beautiful - I love your soft colouring and the border you've added.

  6. love it, beautifully coloured!