Today is my Saturday in my art space and it is such a joy.i get this lovely block of focused time.
I finished my painting and the delightful thing is that as I look at her I know the dress is wool crepe and the shawl is a soft velvet. I love the way the intuitive process takes you on an adventure and shapes images that come through you. I could not have consciously planned this piece but by allowing and listening magic happens and she evolves. Of course I could sit down and do a planned piece but that is not half as much fun as the discovery, surprises and risk taking along the way when I listen and trust my inner muse.
My final steps
- I already knew that I wanted to add lace so I started adding black triangles along the sides of what looked like a colorful shawl. Remember I’m trusting my intuition and a shawl was not something I planned.
- I left that section to dry and scrapped some gold paint over the textured pattern paper.
- I then found a stencil and wherever the wallpaper wasn’t, I added the stencil pattern. using a makeup wedge and gold paint over the green background.
I then went back and spent a couple of hours on the lace detail.
- After that I got my Golden high flow acrylic sepia high flow acrylic and added this over most of the green areas in the background. I did not do this perfectly as the plan was to let some of the green show through.
- I added Golden high flow acrylic nickel azo gold to the dress section below the bust. I didn’t like it.
- When the nickel azo gold had dried I firstly used a sepia glaze along edges and then over the bottom section of the dress. This worked much better.
- I added the green to the leaves and then added white over one side. As I did this I started adding some overlaps to the vines the leaves were on,
- Adding more detail to the hair but allowing some of the material pattern to show through.Firstly I added some Golden fluid acrylic green gold to the hair ties and then added highlights in white. I also refined some of the basic leaf shapes in the hair.
- I came back into the hair and refined the shapes and added some line work with paynes gray. I usually fiddle with the paynes gray until the blue black mix is exactly how I like it
- The dress looked better but not working yet ( which means it just didn’t feel right) so I reached for a Ateliar fluid acrylic viridian green. I wondered as I did it if it would work as it was a strong contrasting color. I had a rag in hand just in case I needed to wipe it back but it was exactly what was needed. Sometimes you have to be brave and just go with intuition and see what happens. I added a thinner layer to the bust area to differentiate and give her body shape.
- I realised that the lace line at the bottom edge of the painting needed to curve in to keep the eye direction moving up towards the face so I redid this small section of lace and the composition was much stronger.
- I then added a Golden fluid acrylic vermillion red line along the joining edge of the lace. When it dried I ran a row of dots along the red and red dashes over the bottom section of the dress to add interest and some variety to the dark areas.
- The next step was to add some dabs of vermillion red into the hair to give it more interest. I wanted the abstract designs of the flowers to show through but not to be totally dominant.
- I added highlights to the shoulders and realised I needed to add the orange that it was in the background material layer. I added this on both shoulders and rubbed it back with a rag so it would not be too overpowering.
- With orange paint still on my brush, I added directional lines into the hair with the orange paint.
I came back in with white lines in the hair to further define the hair.
- Finally I worked on the face by refining the lip color and adding highlights.
I then worked on the eyes by refining the shape with paynes grey and a black sharpie.
- I added highlights to the eyes and refreshed the highlights on the cheeks, nose and chin.
- Finally I added the pale white highlight line to the top of the shoulder and part way down the shawl.
I stepped back and she felt complete…at least for now. It is always about the way it feels as I trust my intuition and have fun playing with possibilities.