- I decided to focus on one horse instead of two or three horses like I had originally planned.
- I also decided to keep my image to a 5 x 7 inch finished size instead of the 9 x 12 inch size that I originally thought about.
- One additional thing that really helped me to do this quickly was that I painted it in my mind before I painted it on paper.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Virtual pARTy - a painting in 24 hours *whew*
This was lots of fun - and something that I have never done before. I joined a Virtual pARTy. What's a Virtual pARTy? Well check out The Virtual pARTy Blog and you will find all the details. Basically, an image is posted and anyone (yes - this means you!) who wants to join the pARTy downloads the image and does a work of art in any media using any or all of the photograph. Here's the lovely photograph from Linda Shantz Equine and Animal Art that we used ~
10:45 AM ~ blank water color paper...
11:30 AM ~ Okay, it's sketched in and ready to paint.
Yes, I am working directly from my computer monitor.
11:45 AM ~ I'm laying in basic background washes - very loose and free with lots of water and lots of wet in wet technique.
12:40 PM ~ I have switched locations in my studio and I am using my old monitor now. It's hooked up to my laptop, but it sits closer to the table where my paints are. I like to work from the image on my computer screen because I can enlarge the image to paint the detail and then return to a full view when I want to see the whole image.
1:45 PM ~ birdie and baby are almost finished. I hate the bushes. *shrieks and whacks forehead* More grass? flowers? what??? ack! running out of time! (ps, I hate the 'I hate this painting' stage =p How about you? )
2:30 PM ~ *whew* rocks and flowers and grass... and a bit more color in the mountains... and a little sparkle on baby and birdie... Yep! I am now past the 'I hate this painting'! I know that there are areas that I could add to and ones that I could refine a little bit ~ but I always say that. I am one of those people who will just keep on painting until I wish I had stopped 30 minutes ago ~ so I make myself stop. I am saying this one is 'finished'!
Would I join another Virtual pARTy? You bet - this was fun! I did kind of mix up the dates (hey - my internet was down and I couldn't check the blog!) so I thought I had another day *gasp* Instead, I had to paint and post the image today =p Because of that, I did do things a little differently...
Well, what do you think of my 'one day' painting? It's all finished - except that this painting of our little baby and her birdie needs a name. What do you think I should call this? Help!
Hope you had a happy, creative day, too!
PS Yep, the bird is in the original photograph - look on the left hand running horse - do you see that white spot on her hind leg? That's our little birdie!