Remember this video from a few weeks ago? Well, in between projects, I've been working on it some more and wanted to show you the work in progress up to today.
30 x 40 mixed media acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Orange!! A totally new color palette for me. I love to experiment with colors and and textures if you haven't already figured that out about me and my art! I knew it would take me a few weeks if not a month to complete this painting (and it has) so I wanted to work on a painting that was more fallish in tone but not necessarily theme. I'm also trying to think ahead for my next outdoor show in October for the Holly Arts festival in Pinehurst. My goal is to have 3 new LARGE pieces to showcase for it. Can I do it?? I want them to be attention grabbers! Any ideas on other striking color combos I could use for a fall show???
As you can probably see here, I've outlined my subject and lightly started to paint in the main features....the shirt here. The background has about 5 colorwashes of a variety of orange hues and a slight amount of collage elements on the right hand side.
I took the above photo indoors so it's a little blurry because it was dark but you can see now how the skirt is coming together.
Closeup of the side view of flowers and details on the shirt.
I haven't done a lot with people or the human figure but I was pretty siked that I was able to acheive a sense of fluidity with the shirt and skirt.
and here we are as far as I have gotten. I still need to add some more details and a little saying on the left hand side where there isn't as many flowery vines...but overall, I'm pleased with the painting. I was joking with some friends thought that she turned out more plus sized then I attended but perhaps I was portraying myself subconsciously (I'm a size 14 on a good day ;).
It was fun just coming up with my girl's fashion choices on the painting! Long, long, long time ago, I used to want to be a fashion designer so this is probably as close to I'll ever get to being one. The possibilities are endless with paint and a pencil!
Okay. on to my house hunting news--last week I wrote about narrowing down my choices about buying a home and today I'm here to let you know that my offer was accepted for the older home so I'm on my way!!! whooooohhoooooooooo! DS loved the house when we went to see it last Saturday so it solidified my decision to make this move and which one to pick. We've had the home inspection done and overall it was pretty good for a home that was built in 1963 but there are some things that need attention so I'm going to have to address those things in our next round of negotiations because while I have money to do this right now, I don't have alot of leeway to make major repairs (like the roof and a new airconditioning unit or at least repairs of the two items). Luckily, I have friends and family that know how to do all of the things that are on the home inspectors list so it wont' cost me as much money but still.....before I sign the dotted line, I need to evaluate some of these items a little further. Overall, I really think I will still move forward so hopefully by the end of September, I will be moving!!! :) This is something I've totally have been obsessed with for a long time, so I'm really excited. Thank you all that have been following around for your good thoughts and words of encouragement. The last month or so has been totally chaotic for me so to start house hunting on top of it, well, I couldn't have done it without all this wind at my back!!
Hope you have a great week!
**PS stay tuned for an upcoming anniversary give away!!! In September it will be my 3 year bloganniversary!!!!! Can you beleive it?? Anyway, I will be hosting a giveaway soon in celebration!
PPS---Don't forget to stop over to Creative Workshops and check out my class, "Fun with Faux Encaustics"! It's a great class to learn about collage, mixed media painting, using acrylic mediums and more to create a 'faux' encaustic look. I've put together 16 videos to walk you through all the steps from a-z, all for only $45.00! The best part is that the classes are open ended so you can work at your own pace on the project. We are also hosting MANY other classes on Gail's website, so if this class isn't for you, be sure to check out some of the other offerings! You won't be disappointed!!!!