The idea of painting some kind of angelic being that hints at a past life has been in my mind for a while. For years I have thought that if we have lived past lives, I would have been one of the monks in a Medieval castle or monastery who drew the big letters and decorative items in the pages of illuminated manuscripts. I always pictured myself the artist, but lately I think I was also a scribe. Not the writer of the manuscript...that would have been some kind of monk or holy leader, but I may have been the one who took down the words. Why? It's what I do. In my heart, I am an artist. I love paint, and color and design. But on a daily basis, at work, I am appreciate for my gift of language, for writing, editing, and proofreading, along with the design work. So, on my art staycation, I decided to paint. Of course, the picture in my head looks nothing like what came out. No one can see that image except me.
|step 1, sketching the face|
|step 2, adding a little color and blocking out white spaces for the wings and body|
|step 3, more color and shading|
step 4, more face details
I started with printouts of my Jane Davenport DVD on painting whimsical faces and did the face step by step. It looks a lot like the faces I have done in the past using her method. Here is the first Davenport-esque face. Here is my yellow Davenport-inspired face. But then I added wings, and a body and some background.
step 5, face is almost finished and wash of antique linen Tim Holtz distress stain in background
I thought about stopping at step 5 or 6. But, I wanted to add text to express my feelings about a past life.
step 6, a wash of pink acrylic was added to give femininity
I thought since the mood was about illuminated manuscripts, some gold was needed. I put it mostly on the top to hint at a halo effect.