I had such an amazing time at the Canberra Handmade Markets over the weekend.
I meet some amazing people, talked to some very talented designers, and met some new friends.
Todays Friday Art painting is one that debuted at the markets, but is now available in the LilliBean Designs Store
My home town celebrates the Sakura (or cherry blossoms) every spring, but during a mid-winter walk among the cherry blossom trees lining the local walking track, I notice there are several blossoms fighting the coldness – their delicacy and beauty a stunning backdrop to the bleakness of winter
Once I laid down my first layer of paper I noticed the lay out of the blossoms. What was a totally subconscious choice has become on of the features of this painting.
I’ve sketched in the girl a basic outline of her hair, her pose + clothing + I can’t wait anymore I have to paint her face.
I am loving the transparency of these paintings at the moment. That the background shines through in muted tones especially in her face. Here I am trying the possibility of white and blue hair. I think it’s because I am obsessed with having blue streaks in my hair – but I don’t think it works today.
I may have mentioned this before but I have a moleskine journal that I have labeled fashion – which has quick sketches of clothing I love. I dug through these pages to find something for my girl.
And after finishing her dress, I know the white with blue streaks hair do she was sporting had to go. If you’re a long time reader you know I love black hair, partly because as a child I wanted to have black hair and change my name to Raven, but also because it frames my girls eyes so well + makes them pop.
So I already know I am going to include the cherry blossom in the painting, but what about the other side? I decided to include the blossoms through out the whole painting. I am hoping it makes her look like she is standing in a cherry blossom grove.
And it kinda works. I am tempted to add more… but I have learnt the hard way less is more – most of the time.
Finally I add the last touches, highlighting the blossoms. Adding the heart on her cheek. I paint the sides of the canvas black.
Thank you to everyone who popped by the LilliBean Designs stall over the weekend. I loved meeting everyone + I will definitely be back in September!
I am linking this post to TO PAINT PARTY FRIDAY there are amazing artist who share their work weekly – definitely worth a visit!
Have a fab weekend.