so this post is longggg overdue… by about five months (oops). All of my best intentions for visiting art galleries weekly and creating my own art had to take a backseat to the most important thing – uni & exams 🙁
Ok, so why has it taken me three months of summer to post, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve been working on the same painting since February and it has been driving me C R A Z Y. It started off as a gift for my Grandmother who’s birthday is in March, but after many soul destroying hours working on it, it was going nowhere. Since then, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the painting (mostly hate). But, just as I was about to resolve to light the whole thing on fire, it started to come to life!
Originally, it was supposed to have Nordic undertones with the main feature being the Northern Lights. I got a little bit (a lot) carried away with painting the clouds though and that idea quickly became useless as the skyline became overcrowded with thunderous looking clouds.
As you can see, it was looking pretty awful, and no matter what i tried, for a long time I just couldn’t get it to look how I had imagined it. Until I ditched the northern lights altogether and just went hell for leather with the clouds.
These clouds almost killed me – so intricate and delicate that it seemed to take hours and hours just to get one looking realistic. The only tip I can really give here is to blend your colours as much as you can, and then blend some more – you can’t have any hard lines!
The mistakes that I had made in the begging left beautiful remnants on the canvas that added to the piece – a happy accident as my old art teacher used to say 🙂
And as per with me… I added a tonne of glitter to make the stars twinkle.
Fast forward four months and this is where I was at! I had added soft orange tones blended into pink and lilac for a hazy evening sky.
A little more brainstorming and I decided to paint the silhouettes of Chinese pagodas into the foreground. Seeing as I had missed my Grandmother’s birthday by quite a bit, I decided to give it to my Grandfather for his birthday – and they both loved travelling around China so it seemed perfect!
The finished piece:
I think it turned out pretty good! Never give up on a painting, even if it’s testing your patience and not seeming to progress at all – every cloud has a silver lining!
All of my art supplies come from Cass Art, any questions about the tools that I used, please let me know!
Hope you have all had the most amazing summers & I promise you’ll be hearing a lot more from me 🙂