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.
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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