I wanted to do something special for my sister-in-law’s birthday this year. With her love of horses, it was easy to figure out what to paint for her. 🙂 Using a 5×7 die-cut wood panel I kept the color palette simple with white, blue, pink and black. I did very light washes of color to establish where I wanted to the highlights to be.
I had this idea of doing a portrait of a Fairy Maiden. Like the portraits done by classic renaissance painters.
I started with some thumbnail drawings
I started the painting on 16×20 wood panel, using a color scheme of green, blue and purple. As you can see, details have changed a bit from the initial sketches.
Eyes hold just as much expression as facial features. I always use a lot of detail when it comes to eyes and tend to make them big and luminous.
I’m not sure when I made the decision to keep her hair white. I kept the blue/gray shading more subtle to keep her hair soft looking.
This is about the half way mark. Next I’ll be working on her dress details and the jewel in her headband.
I’m working on a new painting for Halloween, inspired by the Pumpkin Queen painting I did a while back. This will be one of my larger paintings, a 15×30 canvas.
Here is the initial sketch. I paint directly on the canvas. Mostly it looks like a bunch of circles and squiggly lines. lol!
I paint over the unwanted lines, cleaning things up a bit, and add a little more detail before I start work on the background.
then I slowly work my way to the foreground.
I’m almost half way done with the painting now. I’ll probably take me a few more weeks to finish up as I tend to work on more than one painting at a time. 🙂
Excerpt of a mostly true conversation with co-workers in the office (it’s mostly true because I was only half paying attention in the beginning)
Co-worker 1: …so if we combine an apple and an orange what would we get?
Co-worker 2: Red-Orange
Co-worker 1: No, that’s not what I’m asking
Co-worker 2: yes it is. You asked the question and I gave you the answer. I don’t know what you’re problem is
Me: …So, how does combining fruit names equal a color?
Co-worker 1: Thank you! Somebody understands
Me: An apple and an orange could be an Orple (pronounced “or –pull”)
Co-worker 1: what about the “G” in orange?
Me: I have no where to put the “g”
Co-worker 2: The “g” is silent
Me: Fine. It’s Orplge. The “G” is silent
I’m testing out some different eye techniques on 2 x 3 canvas. The eyes are one of the most difficult things for me to get right when using acrylics.
First I went for the normal sparkly look.
Then I tried a close up of someone crying.
And then I thought, I should paint vampire eyes.
Lets face it, vampires rock. Oh, and of course the vampire should be crying blood instead of normal tears. Because, you know, there are simply not enough paintings out there of vampires shedding tears of blood.
So, here you go..
One more vampire crying tears of blood.
Your welcome world.
This is the start of a new mermaid painting on an 8 x 8 wood panel. I’m keeping the color scheme for this one simple blue, green and black.
This is what she looked like after 2 hours of painting:
She’s only about half done. I have to finish painting her body and fins and then some detail work. I was experimenting with how to portray hair flowing under water. Not to bad for my first attempt. 🙂
Eventually this portrait will have a name … Fathomless, maybe?