Had a pretty crappy weekend. I always have high hopes of getting a lot done on the weekends to make up for doing little during the week, but it unfortunately my job takes so much out of me that I spend the whole weekend recuperating so that I can face another week. I am back into that sucky cycle again and it saps my creativity too. I did; however, manage to make some more progress on the background defining more rock shapes. So it was not a complete lose, just mostly. Sigh. I could use some support right now.
As you can see, I have decided to use the lichen or whatever it is on the rocks under the starfish as a background for my painting. I loved the varying colors and subtle layer demarcations. This gives me a head start for a solo print of this painting unlike the red seahorse and Sarah Seadragon, which I feel need some kind of background for a print. What is nice is that the layers I use make it easy to peel away the starfish from the background for inclusion in the book illustrations.
Here is a progress image for the red starfish painting. Please enlarge the image so you can see where I am heading with the red parts of the tentacles (lower left tentacle). Looks like a patchwork or crochet quilt to me. This one does have the color I have been craving lately, but more importantly, it has lots of interesting texture.
Duh, … Wait a minute, I know the answer to that one? Duh ……….. Anyway, while we wait on Patrick, this is the beginning of my next project, which is this really cool looking starfish. Stay tuned for further updates.
Here she is, the new it girl, Sarah Seadragon. Isn’t she lovely in here shimmering jewel encrusted evening dress, ahem … well, this is the end of another painting in my project for my sister. I hope you have enjoyed watching the development of this painting as much as I did. I really did need a splash of colors to get me going.
This is the Sarah Seadragon painting with the main painting layer turned off. I will do that some times to check for mistakes, a few of which are the white stripes on the tail and ribs that should have been on the main painting. However, I thought this looked pretty cool, almost like a star cluster.
I have made a lot of progress, bringing this painting near its end. Eventually I will merge most of the layers so that I can center the image better but that can wait. I like how the various major areas that I have worked on separately are now starting to blend into a cohesive whole.