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Friday, July 11, 2014

☆ Winter Princess WIP [Friday Art]

Week 28 - July 2014 

This painting is one I have been thinking about for a while now, (you may have seen the beginning + in progress shots over on Instagram or Facebook over the weekend), and my inspiration this time came from author Kristen Ashley.

It is no secret that I am a huge romance novel junkie. HUGE. (I totally blame my 94 year old nan for this addiction - it was mills + boon over the summer holidays at her house when I was 14!! I was an impressionable teen!! - I have no responsibility for this....)

And it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the genre I am particularly fond of is the paranormal/ fantasy one.

Hello. Mermaids? Princesses? Stag Girls? Yup reading is a huge source of inspiration for me...

Anyway, I was reading Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland series + there was a passage that described the heroine from the first book and as soon as I read it I knew I had to paint it.

So this is the beginning of the 'Winter Princess' painting (not to be confused with, by the way, the Frozen princess Elsa, who Bean excitedly asked me if I was painting for her....)

This was the third/ fourth sketch I did.
 It took a while + some awkward selfies (did you see them on Facebook?) to get the pose right... 

Here I have transferred it onto my gesso panel, using carbon paper from the newsagents. I haven't been able to find graphite transfer paper here, but to be honest that carbon paper works well enough.

I don't often start with the back ground, but I wanted to start with the elements in the background first

Which as always lasted a whole five minutes before I was compelled to start her face...

And Yah - my favourite part her eyes...

And this is when my brain shut down. Being it was close to 1am,  I couldn't make any more decisions, so I have decided to leave it for the night. 

So where has your inspiration come from lately? What was the last thing your created inspired from? I would love to hear where your brilliant ideas have come from! Feel free to share below.

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  1. Happy Friday!!! Love seeing the progress, can't wait to see the finished piece! Blessings!

  2. Gorgeous big eyes. You have the shading just right!

  3. your girls do have THE most beautiful eyes Kirstin! I love seeing how your paintings begin and progress. I used to read tons of romance novels but now pretty much read only non-fiction. I really did enjoy all those stories though:)

  4. Your girls are always fantastic. And romance novels would provide great inspiration. May need to get me hands on one! Have a nice weekend.

  5. Omg her eyes are gorgeous and so are her pink lips....she is going to be one awesome princess. I loved romance novels when I was young. Maybe I became Now I read more non fiction!!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. She is emerging nicely, she'll certainly be the belle of any ball you decide to send to, have a great weekend

    Much love...

  7. Beautiful .... Love her already!

  8. She is gorgeous - and without all her color!

  9. Nicole/BeadwrightJuly 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Wow she is awesome!!! love the way you work

  10. Gorgeous winter princess! Love the accessories!

  11. Belated PPF greetings! I'm behind this week (as usual). This looks great so far! I really enjoy seeing your process from sketch to painting. You have such a great style.


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