365 Days of Art: Day 29 – Working on Part of the Dawn

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

I’ve still got this “Greeting the Dawn” project I’ve been working on from the book, Dreamscapes Fantasy Worlds by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, since before the holidays. I need to finish it, mainly because I want my easel back, and because I need to get it out of my head so I can start something else. I left off with the rock and a closer tree limb. According to the instructions, I had painted them sap green and added salt, but the salt didn’t work the way it was supposed to. Tonight’s instructions say “using your no. 0 round, let your imagination follow the cracks, crenellations and whorls that the paint created when it dried.”

Um… my paint didn’t crack; I don’t know what a crenelation is; and I definitely can’t find any evidence of whorls. I do see flat green paint with little specs outlining where the salt fell. That’s all I got.

*cracks knuckles* Time to makes some whorls.

I took my Princeton Neptune 3/4” flat brush, dipped it in water, and re-wet the rock and the lower tree—twice. I then dropped in some Naples Yellow that I hoped would become highlights. I added drops of Sap Green and swirled it around. Way too bright. According to her picture, I’m supposed to have a much more muted tree at the end of this thing. I looked ahead and saw I would be using Viridian Green, so I grabbed some of that and dropped it on the sides of both the rock and tree to create shadows and a bit in the middle.

Boo-yah! Now I have some whorls.

I’ve decided to skip some of the steps because I don’t want to paint snails on my rock. Now it’s time to use Viridian Green and Ultra-Marine Violet to darken the highlights—after I dry this thing with a hair dryer. I’m going to use a #6 Princeton Neptune instead of a #0 because the author works with illustrator board instead of watercolor paper, so I always have to use a bigger brush. (I also haven’t gotten a smaller Neptune yet.)

Here is the finished rock and fox:

Mine is on the right with the blue painters tape.

Basically, I need a smaller Neptune… Also, my fox sucks. However, I consider this a win. I turned a bright green rock that failed with the initial instructions into a rock with texture that still blended into the rest of the picture. I also learned I need to practice painting animals. Maybe tomorrow I will finish this thing, get my easel back, and start a new long term project.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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