Here is the finished painting for the second mudra. I am enjoying painting these so much. The plan is to do a series of at least four, but who knows? Maybe I'll keep going 😄
I know I have mentioned this in posts before, but I don’t think I have have gone into any detail.
Once again while working on a painting in watercolors, I have had to start over. It happens. If you were to ask me right after I have made a mistake I would say that it happens way too often. But in more objective moments I could maybe admit that it isn’t “every single time”. And sometimes I’m even able to get to a place where I realize that it’s often the best thing that can happen. The second attempt is always better in many ways than the first one. And even less measurable but more importantly, it means I’m pushing my abilities. Yes, there are times when having a piece be “good enough” and “not perfect” is a completely valid sentiment. But those moments when you look at your piece and say ” I don’t like that, I can do better” are special, and if they are happening it means you are working and growing. Now, this is not to say that in the moment following the “ooops!” I am completely in touch with this notion, but I’m sure it’s taking less and less time to reach that emotional state. 🙂
The good news is that my process allows me to restart without it being a giant pain in the ass. I start by asking my friends and family to model for me, I set up my scenes and take reference photos. Then I draw it out freehand on tracing paper. This allows me to make mark after mark, and erase (and erase, and erase) without damaging the paper. Then I take my finished drawing and transfer it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper. So, all I need to do when starting over is transfer the drawing to another piece of watercolor paper.
So, now it’s time to just keep on painting……….
Dharmachakra completed! This was fun to do, I’m really enjoying the smaller format and the tighter focus on hands. Hands are so expressive and they can be as individual as faces. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂
This will be the first in a series of hand mudra poses, so check back soon for updates. You can read more about Buddhist hand mudras in my last post.
If you are interested in this piece as a print or as a card click here.
The finished painting! This was so fun to do,…I broke from my comfort zone a bit and got a little loose with the paint – in a totally controlled way 😉 (One of these days I’ll tackle a whole painting in a wet, loose style…..)
I’m very happy with how this one turned out, and also happy to announce that this is now available on Zazzle.com as a card and an 8″x 10″ print
I realize that I have not been keeping up with the blog, so here we go, a post to catch up!
Firstly, I started a new idea back in December, smaller pieces done more quickly. Similar to the concept of the smaller portraits, but this time not faces, but more simple designs. The idea was to generate paintings specifically geared towards cards and prints. Each painting is 8″x 10″ .
The first one was a holiday themed painting, called Winter Solstice
I had so much fun painting this one, that I got cards made and gave them out as our personal holiday cards this year 🙂
This one is a personal one that I did just for myself a while back, Tree of Life
I am pleased to announce that both of these pieces are available as prints and cards on my new online store at Zazzle.com
I will be adding more to this store in this format, so look for new additions often!