Hello Again

The best laid plans…..or so it goes.  Once upon a time, I had a dream, and lofty goals and great plans.  And then life turned upside down and nothing went as planned, and for awhile, everything turned to shit.  Right now I am not ready to go in to the thick of it, but it is getting better.  Slowly I can once again feel the ground beneath my feet and while I am slowly beginning to feel that yearning and longing for those dreams again, I am certainly no longer the Lori Lynn of March 2016.  Once upon a time I foolishly thought I had it figured out, and then I fell flat on my face.  Trauma can come at us in many different forms.  Once upon a 2016 I felt as though I was atop a mountain, looking out at the great wonders ahead of me and then unexpectedly a sinkhole swallowed me, and that mountain, and my dreams and goals.  I know, very vague and metaphoric ;), but I am a college student now, and I can use the creative writing practice (more about that amazing turn of events another time).

What I can say, is that the desire to create is once again alive and well, I have been playing with paint more so than I have been painting.  I am letting myself paint for the love of it, for the healing it brings me.  I have been exploring, re-examining and re-evaluating the role art plays in my life.  For a long period of time I was unable to paint, to create, or even to write.   I couldn’t bring myself to express the blackness and despair, it just hurt too much.  So I had to let it go for awhile and try to heal.   I am only 50% of the way back, but I am getting there.  The wounds are still fresh, and I have to tread lightly for now, I do not know what direction my art will take from here, I have to let it come organically.  I still have those lofty dreams of teaching and inspiring and working with others to let art heal them, but right now, I need to let it heal me.  And it is, and now that I have finally put words to this page, perhaps I can once again begin sharing with you.

bad phone photo of “House Hunting” copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2017
Work In Progress copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2017

April 27 2014 – Sky Dancer – Watch a Painting Come to Life

April 27 2014

Sky Dancer – Watch the Painting Come to Life

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD

I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl.  I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.


 

Step 1
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 2
I begin to work on adding a background.  Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 3
I am happy with the beginning of the background.  I will tweak it a little more along the way

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 4
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 5
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated.  I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 6
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture.  After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.


 

Step 7
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 8
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 9
Adding in a few more areas for detail

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 10
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece.  Do I need areas of contrast?  Do I have too much going on?  Should I add color?

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 11
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

 

Step 12
Detail work, does it need another  color in the owl?  He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me.  Sky Dancer!


 

Sky Dancer is finished!  Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints.  I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.

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Copyright Lori Lynn Fell. All Rights Reserved. www.MyPaintedPath.com

In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.

It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece.  But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head.  Cant wait to share it with you

April 20 2011 – Bedtime Doodles

April 20 2011

Bedtime Doodles

I doodled out this picture  last night before bed.  I love it and it is just screaming to be made in to an actual painting.  It reminds me of some sort of fantastical oceanic creature.  I have a perfect background for it, one of the cradled birch panels I have been making layers on.   

Below is the beginnings of the painting I began working on at 5am this morning.  Just thought I would quickly post this so I will have time to  get a layer of color on it before I have to leave for my day job.

Mornings seem to be my most alert and creative time and I have been getting up early to paint.  I can not think of a better way to start my day;  paint, coffee and silence.  What could be better?

I think I want to use watery acrylics to color the creature first before the detailing.  Maybe some reds, yellows and oranges.  Hmmm, who knows, I am just gonna roll with it.  🙂

Note: Am I the only one who sees a giant sperm in this?  May have to play with some of the details to get that image out of my head.