Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beatrice, the Bird Girl....

Hey, everyone....I haven't posted in several days 'cause I've been busy in the studio. Remember I won that gorgeous, huge journal a little while back? I finally officially christened it! I had lightly sketched some faces in it right after I got it so I wouldn't just keep avoiding it because it's so nice. I know me!

So a couple of days ago I actually began putting some paint on one of the sketches. For some strange reason I was (and still am) drawn to the little bird girl sketch. She just looked so different from all the things I usually do that I wanted to work on her first.

As you all know, I don't like painting hair! I can never get it to look like what I want so I use other methods like doodling to fill in the hair. This time I used dots. I've been reading and looking at Aboriginal art which uses a lot of dots. So I was inspired by that but didn't want to do an entire dot painting....maybe some other time. So I filled her hair with dots.

She has great big eyes so she can see where she's going as she flies through the clouds. Unfortunately they don't show up in the photos! I used a very light touch and put some clouds in the background....they look good in person, just don't show up here.

I had to use a big office clip on the upper corner of the page, to keep the page opened....and you can see my messy work table! I love this journal even though it takes up a lot of space on my table! I much prefer working bigger rather than smaller. I think this journal is going to be so much fun to fill up....but it will take me quite a long time!

Here's a little side note about her name, Beatrice. When I was a little girl I was reading a book where the character's name was Beatrice. I asked my mom why anyone would name their child (read this how I typed it) Beat rice! To a kid, beat is one word and rice is another and that's how I was pronouncing her name!! So ever since then I've had a "thing" for the name Beatrice.

Now I'm off to play with crayons! Getting in touch with my inner child!! I hope you have a good weekend....remember to play a little bit!