18" by 3"
I finished the above painting over the weekend. It began as something else completely; intended as part of a bigger project that never came to fruition. It's been sitting in a corner until I picked it up while cleaning. The figures emerged out of the background and once I saw them there I needed to tend to them.
You see they tell a true story that I'd love to share with you but it's not really my story to tell. It's my daughter's and I know if she knew she was the inspiration for this she'd roll her eyes at me. Years from now she will appreciate my sentimentality but right now for her she is far too practical with feet firmly planted in the 'right now'
I've shown it to her and it's now hanging on our living room wall and she gave me two thumbs up on it but had I told her where the inspiration came from and how the sweet couple emerged from the layers paint and how it just happened to fit with a poem I found a few weeks ago and just how tangled that all is with her life these past 2 months; well she'd probably shoot me so this is our secret. She does not read my blog.
I think you'll get it. It was hard to get a close up of the whole piece with my camera so I settled for 3 sections in order to share it here.
'When she lets you in
protect her heart'
The painting is on a piece of maple.
Primed with gesso.
Once primed, I applied Golden's Light Modeling paste through a piece of lace paper to create the raised detail in a few areas on the wood and allowed that to fully dry. The first layer of color consists of a color wash created with Golden's High Flow acrylics. I brushed a layer of water over the gesso/modeling paste and then 'floated' drips of the acrylic color into the water and then with a brush, gently moved the color around and let it sit undisturbed to air dry. All that juicy color in the background is the result of that process. Once that was dry, using the shadows that appeared in the background colors I lightly drew an outline in graphite to define the 2 figures and painted them. I used the same wash technique as I did on the background, however I only brushed on the water where I wanted the wash to be and then lightly added the colors with the tip of a wet brush and allowing it to air dry. The process was repeated several times to enhance the depth of the colors in each of the figures. I went back in with various acrylics to highlight certain areas. Once I was pleased I added in details with a Copic Multiliner,Micron pen and graphite.
I used Dorland's wax medium to seal the piece.
I am quite pleased with the end result.