Sorry for the lack of posts. It’s been hectic, and I haven’t had time to do anything really creative lately. Things are slowing down a bit, so hopefully I can get back on track!
Here it is finally! The painting that I did for my friend, Kristin. She has seen it now, so I can post it for the rest of the world to see. Hope you enjoy it!
This has taken me almost two years to complete. But it wasn’t a full two years of painting. For at least the first six months, I sat in front of an empty canvas, not sure about how I should proceed. It was pretty daunting. I wanted this to be the best painting I’ve ever done, and I think that slowed my process a bit, because I agonized over what I could do and how I could make great. Once I came up with an idea, things really got moving. And then I started to move…literally. So the painting had to be taken to my mother-in-law’s house so we could show our house. After the house sold, I got the painting back, but had moving in duties to complete. And after that, I really got to work.
This is the largest painting I’ve ever done, and it was not as easy for me as smaller paintings have been. It was done with acrylic, which dries really quickly. Since the canvas is so large, I would be working on one side and blending things, and by the time I got to the other side, things would already be dry. I tried to use a medium to keep the paint wet for longer, but it seemed to only thin the paint out, so I didn’t get as good a coverage.
There were days that I could spend hours painting, and days that I had to give up quickly because I was annoyed that things were not working out how I wanted them to. Overall, I am really pleased with the painting, and I think I reached my goal of making this the best painting I’ve ever done! Hooray!
In addition to the final piece, I’m also including some photos taken mid-process. Enjoy! (You’ll have to click to enlarge them. The automatic thumbnail-making machine started at the left-side of the photo.)