I always felt riding on a carousel was magical…
This colorful Carousel painting is the latest in my fae character series, Wildish Spirits. It is a bit different as the setting is not in a forest. It is a convergence of my dreams and childhood memories. I have loved clowns since I was a little girl. (Not the creepy kind.) The more feminine, Pierrot clowns are my favorite and I had a collection of clown figurines and masks, until fairies kind of took over. 🙂
This painting was created in quite a few layers, with the tiny horse on her shoulder added towards the end of the painting. The sketch of the fae character is from my sketchbook, created a couple of years ago. It took me a while to complete this one, about two months instead of my usual one month. I found myself taking long breaks between the layers, even painting a few small canvases in-between, and thinking a lot about placement, texture, and color selection.
This painting is 16″ x 20″, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.
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I wish you a wonderful, creative, day, Janell
I finished another painting in my ‘Wildish Spirit’ series. This painting is in honor of my daughter and her love of horses and I titled it “Violet and Grey.” She took a lot of horseback riding lessons when she was young, so when I decided to paint one of my FAE characters based on her, I felt a wild horse needed to be part of the painting.
She left a couple of weeks ago, returning to Chicago for her last year in college. I miss her SO MUCH! I used her favorite color palette — purple, grey and black. It is a very cool toned palette and very different from my usual warm tones. I did give her bangs and a bit of a wild hair-do to go with the horse’s wild mane. I plan to hang the painting in her room, so when I walk by and glance in, I will see her in the painting, instead of her empty bedroom.
Of course, I am counting the days until Christmas break and I get to hug her again! 🙂
This is a close up picture to show the details of their faces.
I didn’t do a sketch this time, I just worked from photographs I took of her in the garden last December. And the horse is a merging of about 4 different horses I looked at as reference, definitely a fantasy breed… with my usual big eyes. 🙂
Here are a few pictures of my process…
I painted the background in and then did a charcoal sketch on top of it.
Here is a picture from the side of the gallery wrapped canvas. I don’t think I have shared the sides of my paintings before on my blog. It’s a little hard to see in the picture below, but I painted the name of the painting along the thick edge of the wrapped canvas.
I hope you have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell