Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Friends of the Forest


The vision for this painting came to me while driving back from a much needed vacation at my cabin Thanksgiving weekend. The leaves on the trees were so vibrant and full of life, it was all I could do to keep my eyes on the road.
Since that weekend I have been carefully and methodically working on this painting. I had already sketched the girl in my sketchbook but decided to do a full sketchbook mock-up of the entire painting which I then painstakingly outlined in pen. Then I redrew it all on watercolour paper and started painting. I quickly became frustrated while painting little yellow leaves for what seemed like months.Well, since it took me 4 months to complete it I guess I did spend months painting those stupid little leaves. I am quite happy with the turnout though and glad that my hard work paid off!
Most of this painting is random but the little hedgehog in the center is my prickly friend Robert (who is actually a girl...long story.)
I have been taking more and more progress photos to show the progression of my art from the simple sketches to the finished product. I made this quick little video to show some of the steps!
This painting is also for sale in my Etsy shop! 

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