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.