On challenging myself (and stepping away from the canvas)

I have some very talented up-and-coming artists in my house.  Two in particular: Connie and Noelle.  Connie is 11 and Noelle is 9.  You might remember the doll that I crocheted recently that was inspired by Noelle’s art.

Connie and I have been talking lately about the fantasy genre.  She’s really interested in fairies, dragons, unicorns and things.  My art, up until now, has been very realist.  So, we were talking about the possibility of doing paintings in the same style I am accustomed to, but adding little fairies into them, peeking out from under leaves or around tree trunks, or something.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while.

A few days ago, I was flipping through some photos of the kids from last summer and found a really cool one of Noelle.  Well, the photo isn’t that amazing but I really like the lighting in it.  The highlights could be a lot of fun to paint!  So, here is the photo of Noelle:

And then I found some pics of lawn daisies.  Here is one:


So, I’m stepping waaaaaayy out there (for me), turning Noelle into a fairy and combining the ideas into one painting.  Here is my sketch:

I actually started to add some color to this today but I didn’t get any pics.  I was getting pretty frustrated with it.  I decided to do the painting in acrylics, which I’m not used to.  I wasn’t making much progress and I wasn’t liking what was going on with all of the greens.  I finally just put down the brushes and started cleaning up my mess.  I stuck the painting up on the wall, just to put it somewhere and then I stepped back and actually looked at the whole thing.  You know, it’s not as bad as I thought it was.  It might actually work!  Ha ha!!

Sometimes, you really do need to step away from the canvas!

I’ll post a current photo with the little bit of paint that I have on it so far when I get a chance.  I’ll at least get some pics on the WIP page.

Have a really great day, and thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

Little things

…and big things. 

Like teeny-tiny art card (2-1/2 x 3-1/2″) paintings and huge empty canvases, itty-bitty pre-born babies and my massive belly.  Baby is due in April, so I’m definitely feeling massive right now.  There’s a masterpiece in the works but I can’t see it yet, although I can certainly feel it.

I’ve been working in miniature lately, as far as art goes.  The ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) format has been a lot of fun to play with.  It’s been a bit of a challenge to adjust to working so small.  I shouldn’t have been suprised by that, but I was a little.

I did a couple abstracts on the Mama/Baby theme first.  I’ve never really tried anything abstract before, so that may have made it even more difficult than it had to be.  Then I did a very simple landscape dominated by a mountain in the background.  It reminds me of a Bob Ross-style painting.  My latest, and perhaps my favorite so far, is a portrait of a horse.  This is a photo of my sketch for that one.  It interests me.  A teeny-tiny painting of a very large horse – at least, he has a massive, very solid feeling to me.  I hope you like it as much as I do.