My He(ART)-Full Life

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Work in Progress Part 1

Recently I was asked by  a fellow blogger if I would post my painting process. What a great idea! (thanks Amy) So I am going to post a work in progress for the next few Tuesdays until it is done.

Here are the materials I use:
Acrylic paint (mostly Liquitex, Golden fluid and regular)
Shiva Oilstiks
Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels
Pitt Artist Pen (black)
Collage materials (newspaper, sheet music, patterned paper)
Matte Medium
Canvas (gallery stretched)

 I start with a basic sketch. I have a general idea of what I want the painting to look like but I am open to the painting evolving as we go along as well.

                                                            This is just pencil on canvas.

                                                            I lay in washes of acrylic.

I want her to have an Indian script dress so I use matte medium to collage newspaper for her dress. I add some basic color washes to her face and neck.

I add more color and a few collage pieces to the background. Add some definition to the form. Still have a long way to go but it's starting to develop. I am open to any questions-feel free to ask. More next Tuesday!
We received some cards in the mail from Tim yesterday...He is the sweetest, most generous man I know. Always doing special little things for us. I am lucky and...loved.


Anonymous said...

I love love love seeing your process. This is so exciting! Can't wait to watch your projects as they evolve.

Thanks for the tip about the writing ecourse. I will definitely look into it. Hopefully it will start after I get back from vacation. I'm leaving for most of July and computer access will be limited to just my iphone so I don't want to take a class this month. It's too bad to because I've found so many GREAT ecourses that are starting up right now. Ugh! Hopefully they will be offered again later this year. I'm strongly considering signing up for Unravelling (Sussanah Conway) in late September, Simple Soulful Photography (advert at Wishstudios) in October, Kelly Kilmer's A life made by hand which can be taken anytime, and Mondo Beyondo in August, and Persisting Star's Cheerful ecourse in September. That's probably too many courses all at once so I may narrow it down to just photography courses. We'll see :)

I hope you are feeling better!!! AGain, thanks for showing your process here. As someone who has never painted watching how it's done makes it seem so much more doable! I may give it a try myself sometime soon :).

Hmm, maybe when you finish the piece you can create a tutorial page on your journal and collect the photos/steps in one spot. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing this - so interesting and helpful! LOve your style too!

Jacqueline said...

Dearest Soraya, this is such a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing your work in progress! It always inspires me when i have a sneak peek at artist's work in and you inspires me to practise painting more! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!


Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

Love that your man does the little details...and what a gift to let us into your creative process. I hope you are having a good week and that your little girl is feeling better. xoxo Robin

Stacie said...

thank you so much!! I just wanted to say that I really love your style...and this post on your method of working too...very cool!! You are inspiring me to perhaps do the same sort of thing with some of my jewelry....

scrapwordsmom said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!! I am learning and this is so helpful!!!:)

Your work is just beautiful!

Sharmon Davidson said...

It's wonderful to see the process of an artist as it progresses. I just found your blog through Robyn (Art Propelled), and am so glad I did! I can't wait to see the next steps in your creation of this piece. I'm also fascinated by your experiences in India. Thanks for sharing!

amy said...

Yay!!!!! i love this, too!!!! love seeing the piece by piece, bit by bit of your amazing creations. your paintings seem to have immediate depth. i love it.

i can't wait until next tuesday!
i need to catch up on your blog and blogs in general! been crazy around here, and gone all weekend...
more later