Happy Friday! Sad Friday. I started the day off reading about the events in Dallas and was horrified by the tone and words in the comments all over Facebook. I’m sad about both. I worry for all of us. We live in dangerous times filled with anger, fueled by bullets and self-righteous rhetoric that masks hatred and violence.
So I shall paint. This is the first product from a 16-week workshop about fairy tales (as opposed to faerie tales) and developing a personal style. First, we produce a work in the style of the teacher, in this first week British artist Tamara Laporte. It starts with a drawing in graphite, then layer and layer and layer of collage, watercolor, gesso, and acrylic. Then we analyze the parts we do and don’t like, and in weeks 4, 8, 12, and 16, do our own version blending the things from each week that we like to develop our own style. So we shall see. This is the progression of “The Little Mermaid.” Next up: “Beauty and the Beast” with German artist Andrea Gomoll. Stay tuned.
Have a great weekend, and stay safe.
Graphite for sketch; watercolor and acrylic and colored pencil for face.
Add first layers of color.
Mute first layer of color.
Work on octopus and seahorse and hair, collage and paint dress, and add some color back in.
Add finishing details–VOILA!