I started a painting of a mermaid several years ago. I believe it was 2008.
And I finished it the same year.
I took a picture of the painting and then just did some minor adjustments and voila, a mermaid.
But I don’t actually have a painting of a mermaid. I have a pdf of a mermaid. Which just isn’t the same. In my last “How to Paint” post I wrote about how “taking a break” is a very important step in painting. You need to stand back and look at your picture and think about it. Let the paint dry before you continue.
In the case of my mermaid painting, the taking a break step has lasted five years. So it was time for the old girl to come out of the basement.
So I sat baby down, decommissioned an old bed sheet to use as a drop cloth and put baby in a ratty pair of 12 month old-sized Halloween pajamas (she turned two in August).
Painting Indoors. New territory for babyzilla.
Before I prepared any paint for myself, I asked: What color would you like?
And what else?
“Orange!” (her current favorite color)
After she had painted for 20 minutes…
I asked her: How about another color?
And I began to address these bubbles…
Note the bubbles drawn in marker. It’s sharpie marker, drawn over the paint. You can draw with sharpie on top of layers of dried paint. Or pencil. Or oil pastels. I have little patience for keeping a steady hand and mostly rely on layers and accidental strokes to reveal the images I’m trying to paint. I don’t take the time to steady my hand with a brush. I often rely on things like sharpie markers to quickly articulate things I don’t want to forget.
The point is there are no rules. I’m just making it up as I go along.
So baby chose the few colors I needed to start fixing the mermaid. And she started a painting that matches mine. And now both of our pictures are in the “taking a break” step.
But hopefully this time it will be less than five years!