As you see from my Little Mermaid post, I am taking Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series, which is an artistic style development course focused around fairy tales. We follow the lessons closely, and then we sort through our likes, dislikes, and feelings about the lesson to help us define our own style. Credit for the composition and design of these pieces of art goes to the teachers, until we work on our own fairy tale interpretations later on. 🙂
Andrea Gomoll teaches the second lesson, focused on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Andrea paints and illustrates cute girls and creatures with large eyes, innocent expressions, and lots of bright colors and layers.
She teaches techniques in watercolor, illustrative line work, collage and gel medium layering. I have learned that I am no watercolor painter… not yet, at least! I enjoy the look of watercolor washes and more abstract painting (I like the background and the fuzzy rose petals falling) but I do not yet know how to color in a drawing with the paints without it resulting in splotches of color. This lesson was a challenge!
I am also learning that I prefer a more imperfect looking girl with smaller features rather than the cute youthful look presented here, and more painterly rather than illustration style. I also will probably steer away from “fan art” type pieces. I enjoy the idea of interpreting an old fairy tale, but would like to do it in my own way rather than model it after an established and recognized style.
I could also go into a bit of a rant about the actual story of Beauty and the Beast – as much as I enjoy the animated film as a movie, I have issues with the story and the message. I don’t see it as a story about looking beyond appearances. The beast was a horrible person, hence why he was transformed. Frankly, his appearance matched his interior. Beauty was a prisoner that grew attached to her captor. The beast was the one that was supposed to learn a lesson – what did he learn? A beautiful girl turned up at his doorstep. He locked her up. He got to keep her in the end.
In other words, I can pretend this piece of art is a different love story, else I just see it as depicting a very sad situation.
Despite that, this lesson was packed full of information and Andrea is a wonderful teacher. This was out of my comfort zone but I persevered and learned so much. Thank you, Andrea!
I’ll see you guys soon – Snow White comes next!
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Good day wonderful people! 🙂 I had a bit of a break due to the studio organization and a family visit, but I am back today with a new mixed media art process video. A new girl has joined my portfolio! Her name is Chrysalis (thanks to a random dictionary page that showed up in the collage) and she was created mostly with watercolor Spectrum Aquablend pencils and acrylics – both Golden fluid and basic Americana craft paints.
You can watch the time lapse creation video below:
I wanted to try my hand at several painterly layers, and I had the idea of piling layers and designs into a girl’s hair flowing upward, and so she was born. I try to pay attention to color theory when selecting my palette, and this time I went with a primary triad of turquoise, magenta and yellow. These colors can make some beautiful mixes, as you can see in the spots of greens and purples on the painting, but for the most part I tried to keep the colors shining on their own.
I learned a few things during this process and other lessons were reinforced:
- There is always an ugly stage (or five) where you will want to give up or you will wonder “Oh no, what did I do?!” but you need to trust the process and keep moving forward. It won’t start to come together until you add more layers and details!
- It is okay to dive in with the paintbrush even if you don’t know where you are going with it. If you take too much time to plan it out, you may never go anywhere and you may be disappointed when the paper does not match the image in your head. Have fun with your mark making and later you can bring it all together.
- You have to be willing to give up previous layers to get to a better place. There are going to be moments when you are afraid of “messing up” or losing a layer/design that you particularly like. If you are still in an early stage of the painting, you may need to let it go so the whole piece can grow and deepen. Remember, it is just paint, and you can bring something back later if you want!
- Fine tip applicators take practice 😀
- Golden fluids take a long time to dry when applied thickly or sprayed with water, so keep a few other in-progress pieces handy to work on in the meantime.
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Greetings friends! Today I have a new mixed media art process video as promised. A new girl has come to life with the help of oodles of different paints, pencils and markers. She proved to be a lesson in perseverance and patience (I supposed most art is, at least when you are still new!) Some techniques worked as expected, and others, like the butterfly in her hair, did not even after several attempts. I learned that this just forces you to look at the art and your problem from a different angle, opening your eyes to new ideas.
Of course, there is always the old fallback: if you don’t like it or it is not working… cover it up! 🙂 Don’t be afraid to push a little out of your comfort zone to try new materials, techniques, colors, or subject matter. The process will teach you lessons you can take to your next piece of art, and the only way to get there is to keep experimenting!
This was my first play with Spectrum AquaBlend watercolor pencils! I don’t have much luck with fully dissolving watercolor pencil lines, so I took a wet brush to the tips of several skin tones to shade in her face. As usual, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (what a mouthful!) were used for her hair and eyes, and Prismacolor colored pencils and Posca pens filled in details.
Modeling/texture paste by Liquitex added some interest to the background with the help of a stencil. Daniel Smith watercolors and Golden fluid acrylics were painted in vibrant purples and blues. Doodles are a fun way to add more detail to backgrounds.
I tried repeatedly to paint the butterfly in her hair, but, ack! No luck! So I dug into my papercrafting stash and found some die-cuts of flowers and butterflies. These saved the day! I added more paint and markers to make them my own, and the piece was complete. Yay!
Whew! I told you everything went into this art piece! 🙂 I hope this post and video have inspired you. Special thank you to Tamara Laporte at willowing.org for her teachings and inspiration. Please remember to subscribe here and over at my YouTube channel to check out future art and process videos.
Thank you everyone! I’ll catch you soon!
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Hi friends! It’s FRIDAY! Yippeee! I hope you had a great week and are pumped up for an exciting and crafty weekend!
Work on organizing the studio continues and I am polishing up a new girl portrait and process video, but not quite done with either yet – so I will post up the finished painting from a quick Life Book 2016 lesson from a few weeks ago, taught by artist Martha Lever.
These are small 2-3 inch potted flowers in loose watercolor on a 5 x 7 cold press watercolor card. I used Daniel Smith watercolors – some standard colors mixed with their Primatek line, which are gorgeous mineral colors- many with a strong granulation that (more…)
Good afternoon friends! We have made it to the weekend, yay! 🙂 Today I have this quick 11 x 14 acrylic painting on canvas – a simple, semi-abstract floral design on an aqua blue background.
The background was coated with Faber-Castell gelatos and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paint in various shades of blue with water sprayed to form drips running down the canvas. A baby wipe helped lift out some paint in areas to bring back sections of light.
Once dry, flowers were painted using (more…)