67. A Mermaid Painting

I started a painting of a mermaid several years ago. I believe it was 2008.

And I finished it the same year.

In Adobe Photoshop.

In Adobe Photoshop.

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.

Yikes!

Yikes!

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?

“White”

And what else?

“Orange!” (her current favorite color)

Starting with orange and white

Starting with orange and white

After she had painted for 20 minutes…

While I blocked out the botched plastic surgery-looking face of the mermaid using only her orange and white...

While I blocked out the botched plastic surgery-looking face of the mermaid using only her orange and white…

I asked her: How about another color?

“Yes, blue!”

“Yes, blue!”

And I began to address these bubbles…

Sharpie BubblesNote 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.

And then I paint over these lines (at least sometimes)

And then I paint over these lines (at least sometimes)

The point is there are no rules. I’m just making it up as I go along.

Mermaid Pilates Abs ;)

Mermaid Pilates Abs ;)

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!

Petite Artiste

Petite Artiste

4 thoughts on “67. A Mermaid Painting

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  2. narf77

    I have very little experience in the painting arena. I figure I might do some “painting” with moss. It might last longer than anything I could create with acrylics and sharpies and I would probably be happier with what nature did with my sour milk and moss smoothie ;)

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