Aqua, a sweet little mermaid slumbering in the waves. I love the colors of this painting.
I did some traveling in September, visiting family in Oregon. I had a wonderful trip, and it took me a week or so to wind down and get back to work in the studio. This week, I got back to my paintings and this painting was still sitting on my easel, almost finished. She seemed to be calling to me… 🙂 Finish me, please!
Here are a few pictures of my creative process.
My original sketch The background is painted and then I sketched in the mermaid with charcoal.
Finished painting with a bit of tulle that I had in the studio.
This is the painting I am working on this week. (Picture taken with my cell phone.) I am pretty tired of all this hot, dry weather. So, I have created an ice cold place for my fae character to live. Now, if I could just figure out how to jump into the painting. 🙂
She raises her eyebrow and, with a slight shake of her head, she pulls me towards her.
Her lips part, “Tsk, tsk, you have been away from me long enough. Return. “
I nod, and slowly walk through my landscape.
“Well, maybe just for a while.”
I raise my brush and return home.
After a three-year pause from portraiture,
the ever intriguing face draws me through my landscapes into her knowing eyes.
She beckons to me and my brush.
Once again, she has captured my attention.
I have been sketching a lot lately and I have noticed an interesting difference between my sketches and my paintings. My sketchbooks are filled with the human and fae faces and of my dreams. Yet landscapes, nature and trees are what come from my brush. I wanted to start a new series and spent some quiet time over the holidays with my journal — Writing, sketching and thinking about how to merge my paintings and sketchbooks. I want them to share the space of my paintings. I wrote the above notes in my journal and then this is the painting that emerged.
Now, I am sketching with the intention of a painting. I still sketch to just relax and record memories and dreams, but now I feel a connection and “full circle” pattern in all of my art.
Well, I better get back to my easel so I can finish this painting. 🙂
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