|Her shirt says, "Kindness is My Beauty Secret."|
I also sent her a shirt that says, "Every girl is a princess." She loves that one too. I decided before I even left Sacramento I wanted to do a princess painting for her. Here are a few photos of the process of this painting.
I painted the canvas white (over something else in process I didn't like); then added some scrap book paper and a couple of flowers using gesso. I also used a stencil to add the cute purses. I then used a knife to add more gesso to tone down some of the color and add more texture.
|First several layers|
I played with a lot of different ideas and papers in making the castle. I looked online for some images and ultimately ended up combining the look of several into the one I created. I thought I wanted a collage look to it; but the more papers I tried the more I realized I wanted the castle to be painted on the canvas.
|Some collage paper I ultimately did not use but shows my thought process|
I was concerned about being able to draw what I wanted on the canvas, so I used the collage pieces I had created to make a stencil template. Then I used that to paint the castle onto the piece. Here it is with a couple of layers of paint.
|This is the stencil I created|
This piece has been a huge challenge for me. It has brought out the perfectionist in me and it has layer upon layer upon layer! Which I LOVE though. It has truly been a work of heART!
I washed some white over the castle to mute the color; then started adding more details like the castle flags. I used acrylic glitter paint for the flags. I also did more acrylic white and pink washing at different points over the whole canvas.
|Castle flag blowing|
Here are a few more details...
|Wish Upon a Star!|
|Dream Big Dreams Arianna!|
|Best part about the heart and pearl pin is it belongs to Arianna's Great Grandmother Evelyn|
So below is what I thought was the finished piece. As I look at it here though, the castle doesn't look grounded. So I will look at it some more and decide what to do. Any thoughts? I guess you can expect another photo of the actual "finished piece" on another day!
So I will keep painting and I hope you will too! Let's continue to feel better and turn painting when depressed into painting because I feel great!