For Christmas I received a really great book from my lovely sister-in-law, Emily, called ART INC.
It's a great read and one of the first things it tells you to do is make a "Vision Map" listing every art related dream you can think of with your name in the middle. No matter how far-fetched, unrealistic, or goofy it might be - I was told to write it down and I did:
I blurred them because you CAN'T KNOW MY SECRETS! Also because they are mildly embarrassing. However, one of them I will share with you: "Get Fantasy Commissions" was one of my top priorities. It's important to note that I love things that are not real. I think this is a direct result of my anxiety issues combined with the fact that Harry Potter is the coolest, so I've always been obsessed with fantasy books, movies, art, etc. To be someone who is paid to make the art I admire most...would be ideal! Which is why when I was asked in the middle of January to create a painting of a mermaid, I was ecstatic! I immediately got started on practice sketches. The pretty lady on the right lead to a new series of prints which you can see HERE!
After my client and I agreed on some edits and what faces and features to combine to make the final painting, I got started on the 24x36" buttery-smooth claybord panel:
I have to say to all you artists out there that if you haven't tried using Pan Pastels on claybord - you have not LIVED! It's the softest, most fun combo EVER! Only downside - when you spray your panel with a fixative to protect it - it will darken your pastels! This happened to me and it really freaked me out! Once the fixative dried it got a little lighter but was still slightly different from the original. This was only noticeable on the skin tone, so I just got a tiny bit of Zinc White paint (my favorite translucent white) mixed with the palest peach and layered that on the darkened spots and everything was fine again. Here's the shot of the completed painting:
This was really a dream commission! I love painting women, painting fantasy and painting swirls! If anyone is interested in having their own custom painting created, click HERE.
Have a great weekend everyone! :)
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