here’s what he looked like when i shared the unfinished painting with you before….
i felt like he just didn’t have enough depth. so i covered up that sun in the sky to make the one in his belly be the main focus. then i tried writing words through the background with my ink. that did not work (not as one word nor lots of scrolling sentences…but, i tried them all). i painted over the words with the white and felt like i was pretty much back where i started.
but then i thought i could add some texture and color, so i spray painted in a few stencils in the sky and ground. i liked the look in the ground, but not the sky. so the sky got white yet again.
i thought, this should just be a simple, happy painting. it’s finished! so i applied a top coat of antique decoupage, but it turned everything way too yellow! when it dried, i repainted the white…again!
then i retraced my bird with the india ink and finally applied a clear top coat (no yellowing this time!). and then his was complete!
i just love how this little guy turned out, yet i’m feeling like i could still make some changes. but after all of this, i know it’s time to let it go. so this little birdie became THERE’S ALWAYS SUNSHINE IN THE END.
and that’s how my WISE OWL came about. only with my owl, i was having a ton of trouble finding my character. i think i painted over the entire canvas three or four times. some days i just find it easier to get rid of the entire piece and start from scratch. and from there, this wise owl came to life!
ps. i have an interview over on polly’s inspiring blog pixie mama! read it right here!