Garkun is the fifth painting in a series of character portraits (Includes Vik, Anahit, Lada & Zabava). He’s a forest boy, having seen many horrors of war, he’s taken to scavenging the forest and battlefields, always followed by a shadowy forest spirit). A watercolour ACEO painting, plus sketch and colour concept.
This is a continuation of characters from the same series as Lada where the world is a fantasy taking notes from late medieval Russia. Anahit is a princess with Armenian influences, dancing with veils, while Vik is a dark skinned man who hides his non human features under a leather cap and coat.
In most ways, I’m not an organised artist.
Like many artists, I tend to drool over studio set ups. I even have a board where I collect beautiful inspiring images over at Pinterest. Sadly, my painting and desk area come nowhere close to any of these.
Back in art college, when I was not in my shared uni studio space, I painted in my parent’s garage. Living in the subtropics, a metal doored, windowless room is hardly the studio of champions. But it was my space … when the car was not parked in it.
When I bought my own apartment with a spare room, I figured that would be my new studio. I disassembled my massively heavy table to get it in the room, dragged up my easels, set up my space…
And painted in the lounge room.
Then at the kitchen table.
Then on the sofa.
See a pattern here?
Anyway, this is my current setup for painting water colours
Today the sun was out and my painting area is flooded with light. I’m on the cold & flu tablets, stuffy head and sneezy, but for the first time in ages I felt like breaking out the watercolours. So I printed out the sketch and transferred it roughly to some cruddy watercolour paper that I didn’t care about screwing up (my decent watercolour paper stocks are running low). I was actually really nervous about painting with watercolours… yes, I know, I’ve used them for nearly 15 years, but I haven’t actively used them for over 6 months. The last personal watercolour painting I did was back in September 2011!
A bit of an experimental piece, sketched during a lunch break, and painted with a lot of wet into wet. She started out titled ‘petal’ and became Persephone, goddess of spring and flowers. Watercolours & gouache on Arches Cold press 140 lb. 2.5 x 3.5 inch. Available for sale on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/listing/81684542/aceo-atc-persephone-original-painting-25
As I continue cleaning up, I’m letting go of a lot of old paintings that I’ve had hoarded away. I didn’t realise how many I have! So head on over to my Etsy store if you want to pick up a fairy painting! Dawnstar Fairy original painting for sale at Etsy Violet Wings original ...