There was a bit of a panic over this fourth exercise for my Make Art That Sells e-course. It took me 24 hours to return from my trip and a whole day to recover just from that - waiting around at airports is not much fun, especially without an internet connection. Luckily I had books to read. Anyway, that left only three days to get this assignment done, and I had completely missed out on the prep work beforehand, so ... argh.
The colours assigned to the pieces were based on star signs, and Gemini colours, as it turns out, are orange and red. I am so not a 'hot' colours person, preferring calm blues and greens instead, so that added to the stress. The idea of picking up 'real' brushes for this was considered ... and then discarded, as I'm just not comfortable enough with painting as yet and thought it would take me double the time just stressing over that too, so out came Corel Painter and the digital brushes were wielded.
I ended up having tons of fun again ... this course is doing wonders for me and I love it. I played with brushes, textures and layers of 'paint' for this one. Here's a photo of the final print-out:
Well, I've wanted to get looser and more expressive with my art, letting go of the too-focussed control that's normally wielded for the detail and realism that accompany my coloured pencil pieces, and I'm really happy to have been able to achieve that. It's strange to look at this piece and think of it as mine, as the style is different to my normal work, but that's a joy in itself. Experimentation and the whole learning process is full of wonderful challenges.
And of course, as I was taking photographs out in the uplifting sunshine, my cat Toby decided that he needed some attention ...
Does he look pretty smug, and filled with joy under that grouchy exterior? I thought so too :)
Have a brilliant, cheerful, joyful day. Cheers.