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