Hi! I have just finished another painting. Much like last time I have taken some photos as I went along if anyone is interested in the process.
First things first, I primed the board with clear gesso (binder medium). Good to stop anything damaging coming up through the timber in the long run.
Once I drew the design on, I got to work painting the hardest area first. I ended up tweaking her face during the whole painting process though.
I then painted the peacock and started the hair, working right to left so as not to smudge any wet paint (I’m a lefty). Originally there was no peacock but just the feathers in amongst her hair. I changed my mind because whenever I see peacock feathers in fashion I worry where and by what means they were obtained. At least this way the feathers are with their rightful owner!
Background. This shows how new I am to acrylics, I started getting into the detail of the hair before the background was done, once I stepped back and looked at the big picture, I realised I had to do a background and basically ended up having the do the hair again. Time wasted? 2 hours. Lesson learned!
Starting the feathers, they took the longest.
And added more detail to her dress and brooch and a few other things. Finished!
I finished this in 2010 but was never quite happy. So I changed her face slightly in 2012. This is Eloise, she measures about 60cm x 45cm. She took a few months in small sessions so I have no idea in hours how long it took!
Thanks for looking!