Wednesday, May 27, 2009

'Brotherly Love'




This is a piece that I worked on a fair bit this week. I started off with what I thought would be a simple idea and it then turned into something a lot more involved. The initial idea came from the prompt for next week's Mixed Media Monday. The prompt is 'layers'. So I came up with an idea that saw me use different techniques and some collage. I sketched a simple out line from a photograph of my two boys. Then I shaded it and coloured it with coloured pencil. I cut it out and stuck it onto watercolour paper. Then painted the back ground in arcylic paint. I also painted the leaves then cut them out and stuck them on. When I finished I realised that the pencil was just too faint against the paint so I took a chance and painted over the drawing with acrylic so it really is quite a mixture of materials. I quite like the end result considering it's my first real attempt at painting portraits in acrylic and also using mixed media in this way. I have put a photo up of the painting before I painted over the drawing and after so that you can see the difference. I'm looking forward to submitting this to Mixed Media Monday next week, it's not often I'm this organised!

13 comments:

Penny said...

Wow! Looks great painted Nic. Such a vibrant piece. Well done! xxx

Lynn Stevens said...

fun piece, hope your feeling better!

Nan said...

Cute boys! I like how you used your layers to pop out the illustration!

Diane said...

Wonderful, Nicola! Diane

herminesplace said...

Its gorgeous.

Kaz said...

this is fantastic, and how wonderful you got to use new techniques, that's always a bonus!! fab piece for the challenge!

Willy said...

Fabulous piece, Nicola!

hastingshall2 said...

Nicola, this is so beautiful! You are so talented to draw your sons! The piece is fantastic.
Faye

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful creation, so warm and colorful
glad you're feeling better!

Buffy said...

Beautifully done.Love the colors too.

Annette Q said...

I love those leaves swirling around the background and its such a lovely portrait:-)

NatashaMay said...

A lot of work but it payed off. Great portrait.
x Natasha x

Yvonne said...

Beautiful colors, great art work.

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