Friday, February 3, 2012

Hold On To Love . . . New She Art!

"hold on to love"
mixed media on 8x10 gallery wrapped canvas

I shared the sketch that inspired this painting in this post. I was anxious to get her on canvas but not sure how I wanted to do it. I was inspired by techniques learned in Christy Tomlinson's She Art classes which I am still enjoying .

I am new to this background color. Its 'patina' by folk art. It is bolder than what I typically use but I do like it. I used another folk art paint "fire engine red" which I like against the blue/green of the patina.

Usually I don't take pics while I am working. This time I did so I wanted to share her beginnings! The heart you see peaking through on the left is a photo of mine that ended up getting covered by the end of the process. I just didn't like where it ended up after my girl was on the background.

I did a bit of cheating here. I decided to make a paper copy of my sketch and glue it on the canvas rather than trace with graphite paper. It was a good outline for me and then I painted over it. I had so much fun painting her hair!

I am pretty pleased with how she turned out and had so much fun adding all the little details, like the heart necklace, bracelets and the hearts on her dress. I am finding that I enjoy using my own script to add words on my art. So that was the finishing touch on this piece.

I am sharing her at Paint Party Friday this week.

I miss creating these girls! Of all the girls I have put on canvas I can easily say this one is my favorite!

24 comments:

  1. She is beautiful ~ and the colors, composition and textures are excellent ~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey)

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  2. Loving your new She girl, such fabulous hair.....wow, thank you for sharing the process. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  3. Really gorgeous! Love the colours, the hearts, the words... great details!

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  4. Hold On To Love is just beautiful. I love the way her hair seems to come out and away from the canvas. Nice texture. Great job Cathy! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. She looks wonderful, Cathy! And I use to do that kind of "cheating" a lot. :))

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  6. She's lovely. I have a nearly empty bottle of "Patina" -it's one of my favorite colors - and I haven't been able to find a replacement!

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  7. She's great Cathy! I've used that color a bit but you've inspired me to try colors I normally don't use. For some reason, I stay away from the primary colors and there's a part of me that wants to do something with them and see what happens. Maybe tomorrow? I have a full day to myself and I feel like playing with paints! ha

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  8. awee.. Love it! Great colors too!♥

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  9. Fabulous! I reckon she is one of my favorite of yours! Love the colors too!

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  10. I love the colours, layers, textures, composition.... I think I love it all!!

    :)

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  11. Really nice! I love your drawing and the colors you used.

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  12. That is just my favourite colour at the moment!! And I like to cheat, I use lots of transfers. Who cares when it looks good lol. Just don't tell anyone!

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  13. A great valentines piece of art.

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  14. Gorgeous!
    Do love the fire engine red against the blue/green patina!
    Wonderful! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  15. She's wonderful - so alive. Love it!

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  16. This is lovely, it would make a terrific wedding gift for someone.

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  17. I adore this work! Perfectly beautiful.

    Happy PPF!

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  18. hello Cathy, lovely to check out your girl, looks like you had fun, I love her swaying thick mane of hair, a great piece!

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  19. She's gorgeous! Turquoise is my fave color so I'm totally in love!!!

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  20. Just stopping by to say hello and share some PPF love!
    Renee
    xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  21. Gorgeous colors, absolutely stunning image. I'd have to say this is my favorite as well. :-)

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  22. Very nice. Love the technique. Wonderful art
    Nicole/Beadwright

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