April 29, 2009

Butterflies Finished

Here are the butterflies all done. I like the end effect making the background more like aged parchment. I may mess with Jezebel a bit more tomorrow. I will have to look at it a while before I decide. Sometimes it takes me a few days before I know if a painting is done the way I want. I don't think I like the "perfectness" of the lines.

Here is the edited, finished version (above).

I changed the body of Jezebel and I like it much better. I also added some fuzzy hairs to the Swallowtail. They are off the the gallery in Little Rock tomorrow.

April 22, 2009

Butterflies 1,2,3

My butterflies are started! I decided to do three small 6"x6" canvases to try out the techniques with the interference paints before working on a larger scale. I think they are going to be really cute. You can see the effect of the iridescence in the last photo. I used blue/green, blue, and green interferences to make the color change even more interesting. It's hard to photograph though.

I still need to add some spots to the bottom wings, but this one is almost complete. I am thinking I might add the names of each below as well. Not sure if I can find all the proper names though!!
I have just about finished with the first two paintings. I think I will still play with the background a bit, maybe "dirty" it up and add shadows. The Painted Jezebel is just started.

I'm finding that the interference colors need several thin coats to be most effective. It's tricky on black because they are milky so the color gets dulled.

April 9, 2009

April 2, 2009

Winnie the Pooh Mural

My newest project is a Winnie the Pooh mural. I will post photos of the work in progress. Day 1 was spent painting clouds on the ceiling and tracing out all the characters.

Below is day 2 & 3. This is an area of about 3 ft by 4 ft.

Here is the completed mural (day 4). I will be adding bees and such once I finish the rest of the room.

Day 4 - Starting on the rest of the characters...

Day 5 - Adding more details. Finished Pooh & Piglet. Heffalump & Roo are almost done.

Day 6 & 7 - Characters finished & tree started. All that is left is to finish the tree and add flowers.