piecing through paintings

so i am taking part in a couple craft fairs in december, which means i’m trying to amass a pile of stuff to show and sell. i have some origami pieces that are fun.  with any luck i’ll have some sculpey pieces started.Since my small paintings were so successful at the last craft fair, i decided to get started on some new small paintings.  i’m posting my progress here because the final pieces will get stuck in the gallery. i like trying to record progress because it shows me what i’m learning, and if i show it to the world at large, it keeps my clean.I spent the length of an entire dvd of Voyager working on these, so that’s probably a bit over 3 hours.  I consider myself about halfway done over the two, though i clearly have more work to do on the mantis piece.

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The mantis is a lot of fun, and inspired by some photos i was looking at of praying mantises, as well as being somewhat steeped in old burlesque photos.

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And this is with come of the color layered in.  It’s both exciting and terrifying to layer in colors.The other piece is taken from an older sketchbook image of a star gazer.

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So far so good.  I feel comfortable enough with the bunnies that I can just sort of fly on this. I’m making an effort to not outline the subjects this time around, as a way to push me to improve my technique.

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