Saturday, January 14, 2012

WIP Progress: Child of Earth Series

I am loving this "Child of Earth"series that came to me ... who would have guessed some vintage music sitting on my painting table would sparked such concept. 

Anyhow this is the second one in the series and the full name and poem have not been created yet, but then again the painting is not yet finished. 

This painting had some humble beginnings that is for sure. I just wasn't sure where she wanted to go.

I originally wanted her to wear a cape, but she really wanted to be more covered. I also thought "bird" wings would be fantastic, but after the green cloak butterfly wings were more fitting. 

I liked the wings, but I thought of the "Lunesta" commercial and so I completely changed the background hoping that would help. I liked the new color, but the wings had to be changed. I don't have a picture when there were monarch wings, but I hated those the most.

Finally I tapped into what being a  true mixed-media artist is, and remembered this awesome paper I had. Instantly I was happy ... 

I wanted some of the blue in there and then added  Adirondack Alcohol inks on the blue/white to mute it. I've played around with the inks before and when applied on the paint the ink pretty much stays within the bounds of it so I don't run the risk of it bleeding over the rest of my work. I also use black India ink which seems to be a barrier for the Adirondack inks too. 

After adding some trees and getting the desired look of the wings I felt something was missing. 

The addition of some blonde hair made her really come to life ... There is still work to be done, but I am loving this so far. I hope its good to love your own work, because I am loving how this is developing. I feel like I have grown so much artistically in the last few weeks. Yes, weeks ... I'm so much more open to the process and less on the product. Don't get me wrong, I love the finished piece too, but I am much more engaged in the present when I work and I think that shows.

There is still work to do, but she has really come to life this week. 

Just for fun, here is a picture of my two Italian Greyhounds Luigi (the blue)
and Tulip (red/white)
Enjoying the bed I made them this afternoon. They have another doughnut bed that they 
fight over, but they liked this one so much they laid in it together which NEVER happens :)
 Thanks mom for making our new bed, we like it!

I hope you are having a good, creative weekend!


  1. Your painting is really sweet and I love seeing how it has evolved! Oh and your doggies are beautiful :) xokp

  2. ha! I love the dogs. I applaud you for showing the stages of the painting. PLEASE keep doing so!! the hair makes a huge difference btw

  3. I love your painting, and I especially appreciate you sharing your process. The painting would have been my favorite thing on your post, but then you had to include those pictures of Luigi and Tulip. I'm in love. Soooo sweet.

  4. Thank you for your comments! I like posting the process, it reminds me that all things evolve.
    Luigi and Tulip sure do make life interesting to say the least :)

  5. Umm tutorial on how to make the bed pls!


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