A Few Musings

I’m sorry I’m a few days behind on posts.

I was sick for part of the week with a long migraine and my stomach issues, and then I had a couple of paintings that I felt were not good enough to post here, along with a bit of a painters-block.

Not every project comes out the way I plan, but generally speaking, I usually end up with a “happy alternative.” Although, that was not the case the case for a few of this week’s paintings.

Also, oftentimes, my “girls” have a way of aging before my eyes. In other words, I draw them to be a certain age, but the more I paint the older they seem to look.

For instance, a sketch that I envision as being 3 years old, may look like more like 12 – 15 years old by the time I finish painting.

I’m really not sure why this happens.

With that thought in mind, my latest sketch seemed to me to be about 12, by the time I had painted her she looked more like 21, and by the time I finished the background, she seemed more like 26.

It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just don’t know why it happens.

I’ll show you my latest painting and you see if you agree with me…

Deciding on subject of painting.

I’m thinking of a young-ish girl, surrounded by birds/budding tree branches with a bird sitting/nesting on her head.

I see her as about 12 years old, and I like these 2 birds.

The basic painting is now finished. I added a white background for the birds to sit on but I am not sure if I will use the birds.

With the basic painting done, she seems a bit older, maybe 14 to 16 (?)

Next, I paint details in her hair, a glimpse of a dress and a little more color on her lips and cheeks.

Suddenly, she looks 18 to 21!

Going with the flow… the age-up and the 1960s vibe that seems to be emerging, I add some “eyeliner, mascara,” and a little heart near her eye.

Suddenly, she seems 22 to 24!

I finish the background with decoupage and paint, add some finishing touches to my young lady, and she finishes up at about 26 years old. Lol

I don’t know how it happens!

Mind you, I’m not complaining. I quite like the way she turned out. I just don’t understand how they often seem to get older as I paint them!

Let me know what you think!

Published by sharietomlinson

I’m Sharie. Owner of Butterfly Bunny Studio. Mixed Media Watercolor Artist, Bunny & Disney Lover, Gardener, Proud Mother to Josh, Bunny Momma to Princess Buttercup Bunny and Wifey to Jason. I am located in Columbia, Md but I’m a Harford County girl at heart! You can find me on Etsy at Butterflybunnystudio.store and on Instagram at @notjoshsmom Email me at butterflybunnyarts@gmail.com

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