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Friday, July 18, 2014

☆ The Winter Princess [The struggle continues]

Week 29: 18th July 2014

I had really hoped to have my winter princess finished this week, but the fates, the alignment of the stars + even life seemed to conspire against me.

This is where I left off last week: here

This week,  I started off spending some time finishing off the back ground, adding some more detail. But looking at it now I will probably need to go back to it in the final stages. I think this is why I don't normally background first. I often change my mind + then I am left with no paint the right colour + white patches to fill...

I thought I would start painting her dress an shimmery blue, using an iridescent medium, but I wasn't happy with the colour, with the way I couldn't add shading. The light blue would lift off when I added darker colours + tried to blend them. It became a streaky ugly grey mess.


I abandoned the dress for the moment + I then decided to address something that was frustrating me.

I wasn't happy with the placement of her hands, it seemed too false. Forced. So I took more ridiculous selfies (Yah for cameras on computers!) + changed the hand placement.

I am beyond frustrated with this Winter Princess at this stage, so I mixed a new dress colour (making sure I have heaps of it and won't run out - haven't we have all been there, done that before!

And again, I am frustrated with the shading - truly frustrated. Because I am working on board instead of paper, I have to adapt a bit - and look at her boobs! Holy cow what is going on there??

So, I left her for a few days. And did some research. I needed a reference for the highlights, rather than winging it like I normally do.

Obviously this Winter Princess is a demanding sort, and wants everything done properly. (And yes I realise right about now, I am slightly mad. Or weird. Or both.)

Working on her again,  I finally like where the shading was going, I felt like I had finally conquered the dress, but the hands were again not making sense to me.

Not only did her hands seem huge, but I was irritated with the pose.


So after I gessoed over the hands (again!), I dug out my props (much better that the water bottle I was using before!) + took some more selfies.

And this is where I finished off last night.

Instead of packing for our weekend away, I holed up in the studio + painted. And even though she has frustrated me all week, I am happy with how I have left her.

Well worth the slight panic + craziness, of packing girls weekend away with my babies.

So do you take ridiculous selfies when you are painting. When a search of google images  just doesn't cut it what do you do? Share your tales with us below! 

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  1. the winter princess is beautiful, all the frustration and panic she caused, lol, she is stunning!

  2. Your princess is coming along very nicely! I love seeing your process as your work through this piece. Hands are not easy at all. I avoid them sometimes, rather than work through how to get them right. Good luck!!

  3. You have got quite a lot of patience Kirstin and I admire your persistence in working it all out. She's coming along and I know that when you are finished she will be super-like all your others! Don't have a camera on my PC but it seems like a good feature to have. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. She's beautiful. I love her eyes. I haven't got the hang of hands yet so I usually just cover them up.

  5. Nicole/BeadwrightJuly 20, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    She is really coming along. I love her eyes.

  6. Oh my goodness...thanks for the rofl....when you said about the boobs...and I looked at the progression...I was laughing so hard... she might just be a Russian princess with those man hands...Maybe she's fighting being so perfect...I love her anyway!! Can't wait to see the made my day!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Do you have a photo of the completed artwork? I would love to see how she turned out.

  8. Thanks for stopping by! The finished painting can be seen here: I hope you like it! x

  9. Thank you. You did a fantastic job. She is beautiful. :)

  10. Thanks so much x


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