Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: ☆ Princess + the Pea [new painting]

Friday, March 22, 2013

☆ Princess + the Pea [new painting]

About two years ago I had this idea for a painting.

It was based on the Princess + the Pea story which has always fascinated me. I mean really who would feel a pea through all those mattresses? I used to make my bed and find books, barbie dolls, or other random things under my mattress + I never had a restless night sleep....

...well I suppose we all know what that means then!

With this particular idea, I knew. I knew how I would do it, how it would be constructed, and what materials I would use. 

I just knew.

So I scribbled in my sketchbook, a pencil sketch with a few lines + stick figure girl.

But two years ago I lacked the skill + the confidence to paint it.

A year ago, I lacked the materials + the confidence to paint it.

Last week, I finally had all the materials to paint it, + although I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I decided that it was now or never.

'Princess + the Pea'
Mixed Media Painting
16.5 x 6'
Available in Store soon


I just love how it turned out in the end.

And it is just as I imagined. 


It is just so satisfying when your painting in your head, translates to the paper! 

So I am ending my week on a bit of a high + what was the high point of your week? I would love it if you  shared below...

Have a great weekend.


47 comments :

  1. she is simply gorgeous, love the collage layers and the position of the figure is spot on. x

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  2. Oh, I now have a new favorite! This is wonderful, I love how you layered her bed and your Princess is beautiful and sassy. Love it! HPPF!

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  3. Oh she is gorgeous! Love all the different patterns in the matrasses too! My high this week was also a finished painting :-)

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    1. I love the high from finishing a paintings - thanks so much Denise x

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  4. oh my word, no wonder you are so pleased with how she turned out - this is fabulous!! I love the colour palette and all the patterns in the matresses. Just beautiful.

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  5. She is absolutely beautiful. I can only imagine how excited you must be when you look at here. I started a new pastel class - that was really exciting for me.

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    1. Thanks so much Ginny - That sounds really exciting. I have been wanting to try pastels but they are a bit scary for me! x

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  6. this is brilliant!!! I LOVE how you painted her ruffled dress-gorgeous!!

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  7. This is gorgeous!!! I love the expression on her face and all the colors and patterns in the mattresses! Great job!

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  8. This is fabulous!!! I love the matresses and her expression!!!

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  9. I'm happy your achieving the skill level of your dreams.

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  10. This is awesome! Your best yet!! Love that the mattresses and their patterns encompass so much of the composition!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  11. Terrific interpretation of the Princess and the Pea. Loving your painted collage.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Wow! That's just gorgeous. Love those mattresses.

    Happy PPF!

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  13. Kirsten!! LOVE her - the ruffles on her dress are perfect and all the patterns on the mattresses are so interesting visually!

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  14. Fabulous mattresses! Love her dress. I want one like that one. :D

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    1. Me too Paula - I think thats why I draw them so often! x

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  15. I love how it turned out too. This is fabulous. I like all the elements, the cute girl, the colours, the pea, the mattresses and all the textures. It is definitely a winner for me. Worth the wait for you I hope.

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    1. Definitely worth the wait - Thanks Laura x

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  16. Holy doodle you are so amazingly talented....You should be an illustrator!! Go to my side bar and scoop up the childrens illustration blog to see how may illustrators there are with half the talent that you have!! It's all about tenacity! Start out by self publishing with blurb or another site a kids book for your daughters!! What a wonderful legacy that would be...

    Hugs Giggles who loves your work!

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    1. Thank you!!

      I will definitely check out that illustrators site. (And maybe I will break out my big girl pants!) + A self published book of stories is an awesome idea - I will definitely do that for my girls! x

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  17. Wonderful, love the mix of mediums, patterns and her expression - after a sleepless night, I guess! <3

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    1. Definitely after a sleepless night (maybe I was channelling my sleep deprived state!) Thanks Anne x

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  18. love the dress and the layers of texture... fabulous...xx

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  19. I love it, Kirstin. Love all those pretty textures and the concept is just wonderful. I love it that you had the idea so long ago but waited until you were ready to go for it. (And ready you were!) What a confidence builder. So happy for you!

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    1. Thanks Janice - It was a confidence boost! So often i have great ideas, but they don't translate to paper! I am so happy this one did! x

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  20. Love this painting. Beautiful layers and colors. Fantastic work
    nice weekend and lovely greet
    Marja

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  21. She's lovely - and I really relate to your journey to get to her. The high point of my week was last night -- seeing many of the kids with whom I have worked since they were in first grade shine in a wonderful performance of Grease by the High School Drama Club!

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    1. What a lovely high point. That must have been so satisfying for you to see the end result of such hard work! Thanks for your lovely comments x

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  22. Wow I love your art!!!! The eyes and expression and well just everything about it.
    Happy PPF
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  23. Oh goodness! It is fantastic! I am so happy you're able to draw up things you exactly imagined, I am very jealous of that, it pretty much never happens to me! hahah Maybe I am not seeing my visions clear enough.

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    1. Thank you Adrienne! It took a long time for my paintings to match the visions I had! So often I was disappointed with what I produced, (+ even now I have crappy days!) but keep going cause some days it just all works perfectly + that is the best day!
      x

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  24. Your artwork is awesome. Love the princess she looks fabulous.
    Susan

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