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:
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.