I have been working on a large acrylic painting of me as a child playing in the sand on the beach – here is the completed painting:
I started my painting by covering a 20 x 30 inch illustration board with gesso. After it dried, I sketched my image from an old photograph with vine charcoal:
As part of the online class, “Year of the Spark,” Carla Sonheim instructed us to try sketching ourselves from a photograph in several different ways – one of them being eyes closed! Eeek!
After choosing a favorite sketch, (with my eyes open), I started dry brushing Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics by filling in sections of my painting with different colors. Much like coloring as a child:
I wasn’t really happy with the colors I chose, so I let my painting sit for about a week.
Yesterday, I decided to add some Golden Fluid acrylic paint with my 5 x 7 inch Gelli Plate. Using my Gelli plate like a large stamp, I stamped colors and patterns over my painting:
I started liking my painting better. I then added more layers of acrylics with a dry brush – adding details to little me and bringing a cohesive feeling to my background:
I added the beach ball – even though it wasn’t in my photo!
I wasn’t almost done but after taking a photo of it, I realized I needed to ground myself in the painting. So I added some rocks by stamping a sponge and bubble wrap in paint:
I was happy to get it done. I’m not sure it really looks like me:
But that’s OK. I learned that painting BIG is a lot of work! Not sure it’s my thing. Creating is a process of filtering out what I enjoy and don’t in art. This one is definitely in the later category! LOL!
Happy Creating! 🙂