Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: ☆ The Protector [Friday Art]

Friday, October 4, 2013

☆ The Protector [Friday Art]



I love painting for my family. Especially my nieces and nephews.

Their delight + wonder when they open their presents is such a buzz for me. I recently told you about my new nephew, but what I didn't tell you was that I was secretly hoping he was a she.

Not because I have a preference for girls, but because I wanted to paint a painting to celebrate our new addition + I have no confidence in painting boys.

I love painting girls, I love their sweet expressions, their big eyes, pouty lips + awesome wardrobe.

Boys, I am not so sure of, I always thought I made them too girly, to sweet, and I really have to investigate wardrobe ideas - jeans + tees see to plain some how.

So I knew I had this painting to do + I knew it was for a boy. But I didn't know how to translate this into my style now.

After lots of research, and many sketches, I discovered, that after all this time, my belief that I couldn't paint 'boys' was actually not true.

Along with, I am not an artist, 'I only paint girls' was just another lie my little bitch would whisper in my ear.

Anyway, I love how this turned out. You may recognise the dragon as Toothless, from "How to train your Dragon" (such a very cool movie by the way!)


My scanner is playing up at the moment, so the image is a little washed out, but you get the gist!

Have you discovered that your little bitch has been telling you lies again like I did? I would love it if you shared with us.

By the way, did you know this months give away is open now? Pop on over to enter - it is so easy!

15 comments :

  1. You certainly can paint boys and would recognise this as one of your paintings anywhere. Happy PPF, Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. It's pretty clear you can paint boys! This is fantastic! Such a super style that is clearly all yours :)

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  6. Well, that clears up any misconceptions about your ability to paint stunning boys as well as gorgeous girls!! I love him - he's got those innocent eyes which are your trademark to me plus a little bit of teenage angsty attitude!

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  7. Obviously you paint boys equally as beautifully as you do the girls Kirstin. He is awesome!! We all need to banish our little bitches :)

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  8. you paint boys beautifully as well ... this is very cool... and I really hope you paint more like it... it would be a wonderful series...xx

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  9. Oh you are amazing...shut that bitch down girl friend....you can do anything and are an amazing artist!! I am waiting on a book with all these characters. She is a liar liar pants on fire.

    Yes I know my problems is I need more practice and experience... but this I know for sure...my whole life I have been a suppressed artist doing creative things and not realizing that was my problem! My bitch is always there...I hate what I did this week...but I like participating...so I do...eventually I will get better!! You always inspire me!! How about you draw and paint your little bitch and then put her in her place!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. He is adorable! Love his face. :)

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  11. Your painting is amazing! You can definitely paint boys as well! Giggles cracks me up! It would be fun to do that painting :)

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  12. He is amazing!!! You can draw anything you want!!! Have a great week!!!

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  13. Oh you are absolutely amazing...whatever you create...[paint is always so full of life, vibrance and positive energy...I always enjoy every bit of it !!!
    So JUST BE :)

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  14. Daily, I am bullied by, and am tempted to wrestle with, my inner critic-bitch. But have begun to shake that feeling a bit, by not engaging with her. Seems that much like a petulant child pestering me for attention, ignoring 'the bitch' shuts her up fairly fast. And once I am mid-mess, creating (and achieving as many layers of color on my cuticles as on my canvas) she tends to slink back into the forgotten corners of my mind.
    Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a LONG blog post where I processed how comparison really CAN be the thief of joy, as well as any enthusiasm for my own creations.
    So, instead of comparing your stellar work with my own, I shall admire you from afar and merely attempt to practice. Practice, practice, practice... Though I'll never be perfect, perhaps eventually, I will begin to appreciate my own art, in all its imperfect glory.

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