An albino faerie WIP

28 February 2011

Sketching something new... She's temperamental, even argumentative, but the conversation is stimulating. Moths. White Mice. A mystery...

Typically, I sketch figures in the nude, before I add clothing. It's helpul, particularly when adding fold lines and fabric shadows. I'm not certain if she's going to be partially nude, or not... she hasn't made up her mind yet.

She's an albino (as is the little mouse on her shoulder,) which makes her the second painting in the blossoming series of albino faeries. ("Gift" being the first.)

I'm fairly certain that there will be a decorative border in this peice, something with moths in it, but for the moment, that's all I know of it.

*sparkles and shivers*

Blue Moon (new painting)

19 February 2011

"Blue Moon" (mixed media on wood)

The third project from Willowing's M3 course ( ) :
A mermaid, painted on wood, inspired by the style of Marc Chagall

Surprisingly, I really got into this project!

Although I like Chagall, it's so totally different from my own style, that I was hesitant to even take on the challenge of encorporating his elements and signature style into my own painting... But I took a chance, and wow, I'm so thrilled that I did! I'm relaly happy with my little painting, even moreso than with the previous two (both Mucha and Klimt were well within my comfort zone.)

A 15 x 15 cm wooden block is the base; I used Neocolour II crayons, white acrylic paint, graphite pencil, and just a tiny touch of coloured pencil. When it was done, I glazed the painting with gel medium, to seal in the colour and give it just a hint of gloss.

I love working on wood! This is my 5th painting on it. I'd never used water soluable crayons on wood before, though, so this was an interesting experiment for me. The wood really does absorb a lot of the saturation, but I found that when I wet the surface first, and then applied the crayon, I got a much more saturated and thick application of paint, which was helpful in the areas that I wanted to be more pigmented.

The idea of a dreamscape, which is often suggested in Chagall's work, was really appealing to me. I tried to create a space where it might be in the sea, or it might be in the sky... perhaps it's both places at once. The moon is harmonious with the ocean, and to me, both symbolize feminity, emotions, cycles, change, dreams, intuition, and profound feelings and thoughts.

The mermaid is cradling the moon, perhaps about to kiss her glowing cheek, and both their eyes are closed, with thoughful, quiet expressions... they are shaing thought, feeling the same feeling, two-yet-one, and one-yet-two. The moon is also a pearl, and it is also the mermaid's face, it is of the sky, of the sea, and of the body, embraced, but free.

The two fish are swimming towards each other, choosing different paths, but they share a common goal. I also liked the Piscean aspect of the two fish, as Pisces brings a lot of dreamy, changable, and emotional attributes.

The little dots of white might be stars, they might be bubbles within the water, they might be ripples on the surface of the water... they are all three.

"Une Ange de Compassion" (new painting)

15 February 2011

This was a really fun painting to make... It's the first time that I've painted a large angel, and the first time I've used watersoluable crayons, too (both experiences being quite rewarding!) It is inspired by Week 3 of Willowing's Mythical Making workshop at The project was to create a mixed media angel, representing compassion and safety, in the style of Alphonse Mucha.

Mucha is one of my most favourite painters in the whole wide world, and has always been a major influence on my work. It was wonderful to have a conversation with his spirit while sketching for this painting.

Although I deviated from the suggested mediums (I didn't use acrylics, stamping, or leaf,) I did stay with "mixed media" by using water soluable crayons, watercolour (pans and pencils) and coloured pencil.

It's done on 36 x 48 cm watercolour paper (200g/m2)and was worked over 4 days, within a 2 week period. The sketch was one day, most of the painting was done in another, and then I took two days to fine tune the details.

I called it "Une Ange de Compassion" (An Angel of Compassion) and I wanted it to be as if the flowers are pouring from her heart...

details :

Just before finishing the painting, I learned that my grandmother passed away... Coming back to work on the painting, a week later, there was something comforting about it, and I found that the angel's expression started to change a bit... she was telling me, "everything will be ok." <3

As an added point of interest, I asked my husband too look up the astrological chart for this painting (using the time and date of when it was finished) and he said that the asteroid "angel" was almost exactly overhead... I thought that was pretty cool!