I don't think of my paintings as decorations. They may decorate someone's walls, but I hope there is more to them than that. Craft painting, though, is meant entirely as decoration and normally relies on formulas. Think roses on trinket boxes or a pattern painted on a tabletop, or a vine and pansies painted on a glass bottle. I have nothing against craft painting, but it's never seemed particularly relevant to me and what I do. Until now.
You see, I'm working on a rather large portrait of a girl and I'd like for her to be standing in front of a wall with pretty rose patterned wallpaper. So, I needed to learn to make said roses. A lot of them. Quickly. And all about the same shape and size. Without agonizing over each one.
I turned to YouTube and found this amazing video. And, voila! Here are my very first craft painting roses! Each rose takes about 15 seconds from start to finish.
Obviously, I'll take more care with their blending when incorporating them into a final painting, but I still don't imagine they'll take more than a minute each. I can live with that. I'm now thinking of all sorts of uses for my new skill, most of which involve covering all of my walls and furniture with painted roses. But, I'm trying to resist for the Mister's sake.
And, I shall not show you the large painting until it's complete, but here's a tiny little peek of my girl:
|Portrait of a Girl with Book, early draft sneak peek.|
Do you notice the little ringlets by her cheek? How terribly exciting! She still needs an awful lot of work before she's entirely presentable, but I hope to get her done by the end of this holiday weekend.