Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stages of a Painting


After painting owls for the e-course "How to Paint an Owl" I felt I needed to paint something else - so I started a new painting. First I just laid down some pages torn from a German paperback and added acrylic paint in red and purple on top of it. I love to spread out the paint with my fingers.

After the paint was dry, I adhered some scrapbook papers and used a brand new stencil for creating this circle shape in the lower left hand corner. I mixed molding paste with some yellow acrylic ink and smeared it onto the stencil. When the molding paste was dry, I partly stamped on top of it. I also penciled in the shape of the head and shoulders of a woman and marked with black acrylic paint where the facial features should be. It looks pretty scary this way, rather Halloweenish.


Using several acrylic paints and water (and a brush this time) I started to paint the face and the shoulders. You can't see it here, but there are many many layers until I decided it was time to add facial features.


Eyes, eyebrows, mouth and hair were added - but I didn't like the mouth at all (she looked like she was constantly sulking), so I painted it over again. I also didn't like that the top of her head was rather flat. Her eyes were too big and too blue as well.


So I added more volume to her hair, she got a new mouth and her eyes changed as well. I began to like her.



This is the final painting - a daisy on her shoulder, a pattern on her shirt, some added words, more worked-on hair. I tried to put more expression on her eyes, but am not quite sure whether I was very successful. Anyway, I'm happy with her.

"She saw beauty in everything" 8 x 10 canvas, available in my Etsy store


Although a day late, I'm still linking this to Paint Party Friday. It's way too much fun to miss it.

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14 comments:

Netty said...

I very much enjoyed seeing the process of your fab collaged painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

Lynn said...

It really is fun to see the progression of things here...and the end result is fantastic! Love her hair especially.

see you there! said...

Enjoyed seeing your process. I'm especially interested in the modeling paste, I haven't tried it (yet). Your finished product is so nicely layered and complex.

Darla

La Vie Quotidienne said...

She's great...your work is so original and creative. Marvelous.

Lesley Edmonds said...

I loved seeing how this picture came together Carola. She is really lovely. Great background too.

Susan said...

Thank you so much for posting the process. She is lovely!

Marcie said...

I've always been curious about 'process'. Thanks for showing us yours here..and the beautiful end result. Inspiring!

carlarey said...

A big cheer for sticking with her and helping her become something you are proud of. Sometimes it's hard not to cover up the whole thing because you aren't happy with one part. Really great job on this, I like how her expression and her hair ended up.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for showing all the steps - I think it's important to honor all the work that goes into our paintings!
Rinda

Ginnie said...

You are really something else, Carola! :)

windrock studio said...

Beautiful end results, Carola! Love the colors and the process.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Oh wie schön, toll, wie du das Gesicht noch motifiziert hast. Ich finde es sehr schwierig Gesichter zu malen... kann es überhaupt nicht. Seufz...

faye said...

I sure did enjoy seeing the step-by-step progress of this painting. It was fun and the results are super.
Faye

Scarlet said...

She sees beauty in everything because she is beautiful! I love the different stages of your painting...the love is in the creating stage. Wonderful work!