Well after really struggling with the M3 Course Mermaid week, I have finally finished. Why did I struggle with this lesson? We were to create a Chagall-inspired mermaid. And quite honestly, I really dislike Chagall. I can appreciate the dream-like quality of his work and the whimsical, nonsensical (chickens????) style, but in terms of his figures and composition I just can't dig it. I tried to work through the block that the lesson presented, but in the end I have to admit that I caved in and returned to the style that I enjoy.
My mermaid is on an 11x17 wood panel. She started, of course, with the initial sketch:
The next step was to start the background. I used torn book pages, stamps and ink, brayered paint, and mica flakes. I also added strands of hair to add some interest:
And although I did cave in and not truly complet a Chagall-inspired mermaid, I do enjoy how she turned out. And really, that's kind of the best thing about art.....when you "cheat" it's really just expressing your own artistic vision. At least that's my story....and I'm sticking to it! lol
I've also been working on some ATCs for Art and Soul. I have 3 completed especially to take for trade and need to complete many more. Luckily I have plenty of ideas, just need the time to work on them.
The weekend is coming soon....hope you have wonderful plans!