A challenge, you know sometimes we have a challenge for ourselves. Some of them, hummmmm not sure about and you say what am I doing why is this so challenging to me? You know the ones I am talking about. Even like when I was making the "slip covers" for our comfy chairs, during the process I thought NOOOO why am I doing this. Did I bite off more than I could chew? Well I kept on plodding along, although wishing I had an air powered staple gun, and finished them. They were suppose to be slip covers and kind of are but ended up stapled to the frame so they were semi reupholstered. Now that was a challenge to me and I would do it again. Oh I could go on and tell of some challenges I won't do again but nope going to stay positive. Right?
On Facebook, I know some are on there with me, there was a challenge to work on one painting for 30 days. I thought ok, I have not ever ever ever spent that long on a painting. EVER!!!! It should be fun and see what my muse comes up with . Will she leave me hanging and make me finish this on my own? Will she say you started it Annette so go for it? Nope she hung in there with me. I am not going to post all 30 day but will post a few of the days and then of course the day 30. Of course with some of Annette comments : )
Day 1, now this was just pure fun splashing and splashing colors, my favorite colors by the way. One thing I learned though is that I did to much for the first day. Now if I do another 30 day challenge I will hold the horses at the beginning. Remember I was not use to working so long on one painting.
Day 2, can you tell the brush and the paint and my muse were having a blast? I was putting swirls and pretties all over this. Now I did remember to take a large file photograph just incase I fell in love with a day and then could print it off and play with it that way. At least sensible Annette was thinking in there somewhere.
Day 4, the eyes emerged. When they did I thought wow I love these. I did take them after our granddaughter's eyes. Finished? Right? It was only day 4 people. Day 4 and only 26 more days to work on this painting, I could have signed it and been quite happy.
Day 7, oh the days are flying by ( right, this is only day 7 ) and I am struggling here. I am trying to make her and the painting last. Should I just paint over the eyes? Should I just zero in on one eye and have feathers as eyelashes? I have done that before, but no just keep on trucking Annette your muse will help you. Well all I had to say is she better get herself out here because I was sinking. AND only after day 7
Day 9, oh the agony, then I added texture aka tissue paper to the painting here and there and some darks and doings.
Day 19, whew, the days are flying by now. The hair and someone chose to do a whole face and added greenery. I, not my muse , decided to add sort of faerie wings to her. I love the airiness of them and one sweet friend reminded her of a beautiful bird. She has a head piece now and looks a little poofy, well she is from Texas and we are known for big hair aren't we?
Day 27, now remember I told you I would not post all the pic. Sure don't want you going to sleep here and drop your coffee or whatever in your lap. The headpiece grew as did the foliage and the hair. Now I am looking her face rounded out and she needs a little sculpting there. Maybe she got tired of taking so long in getting painted and ate to much chocolate? They are now saying it is good for you now, well today anyway. I am also wishing now that I had not painted her on the back of a 16x20 display print. Remember I use to be a professional photographer and have some display prints to paint on left. Most area ancient photos, like the kids in them are probably grandparents by now.
DAY 30 I AM DOING A HAPY DANCE AND DOING CARTWHEELS. Oh I don't know how to do cartwheels, but you get the picture.
She is FINISHED. Of course I had to add glitter and some gold leaf and a little faerie appeared, her face shape changes, highlights were added everywhere, I darkened the bottom so she didn't look like her head was floating. I do wish some of the other background was showing but we all know it is still back there underneath it all. It is fun how changing the shape of her face made her look so different, same eyes though. I am pleased at how this challenge came out and after I lick my wounds might just do another one.
I do have another step by step of a project coming after Sunday, it is a gift and the person has to receive it first.
So there you go, my 30 day challenge. I hope you enjoyed the journey with me and thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.