Monday, February 18, 2008

Pig & Monkey

So, I've finished this set of animals for the boys' room. This was a really fun exercise in doing something new and not getting mired in the details. It was a struggle to paint an animal that didn't look realistic, but it was a good challenge. I'd like to do more of these. Maybe I'll do enough to trade animals out every few months and keep it interesting for the kids.

Right now I'm just glad I got them done before Quin's arrival!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dog & Cat

Here are the first two acrylic paintings I did. Mr. Piggy is underway!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Purple Cow

(please note that this photographed a little dark)

A few months ago, watching David Bromstad on HGTV, I was inspired to break out the acrylics and paint some colorful animals for the boys' room. I think I did Jack's original nursery all wrong - pale, muted colors. Blech! Babies brains should be stimulated, not bored!

It took a while, but I finally got the 12"x12" canvases I wanted from Dick Blick (at $5 a piece, a total steal over the $20/piece they wanted at Michaels!) and started painting once the R watercolor was complete.

This is actually the third painting, but the cat and dog are already hanging in the bedroom and Jack's napping, so no photos yet.

I'm having a great time with this. I forgot how messy acrylics are and how you can just slap it on. The paint is so thick and saturated with color. Such a different experience from the watercolors. Also different because other than a reference image and quick sketch directly on the canvas with pencil, I'm not spending a lot of time on preliminary work. It's a nice break from all that goes into the alphabet series.

I think a piggy will be next...