Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HP Fangirl- Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition

Atelier acrylic on 8" x 8" birch wood board

Here's my submission to the Harry Potter Tribute Blog hosted by Gallery Nucleus, who has a spectacular show planned for July 09 - August 01, 2011. I was notified that my piece has been selected to be on the blog, and included in the exhibition! Check out the show flyer to see see all the amazing artists contributing works.....even new paintings from Mary Grandpré herself!


When I first started this traditional style of painting acrylics on birch wood panels, I listened to the Harry Potter audiobooks read by Jim Dale to accompany me through hours and hours of late night painting. It seemed fitting to honor the series with a tribute painting. I wanted to pay homage to the magic that every Harry Potter fan has felt through this series, with a little fangirl hugging her beloved Harry doll and Hedwig plush owl.

Final sketch, a quick color study in Photoshop, and the drawing on acrylic stained wood panel.

During the process I sand down some areas to reveal the woodgrain, and then spray it down with water to pop the grain back up again. It starts to feel more real for me as the paint sets farther into the wood, and the highlights are added.

I used a half inch birch board, and distressed the edges a bit.


*edit*
This piece sold at the show opening! 



Prints, Posters, and Canvas Prints are available in my shoppe.

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27 comments:

Nina Crittenden said...

Absolutely magical, Angela!!!

coralmoon said...

Very nice illustration, congratulation!

Tamara Henderson said...

Great painting! I love the texture!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Cute!

Alicia Padrón said...

OHHHH WOW!! This is fantastic Angie!! I love it so much. Amazing :o)

Maria Bogade said...

Wonderful, Angela, and congrats to being included in the exhibition! I really love this piece! The characters are so cute and the style is simply beautiful!

Casey G. said...

Angela, congrats on being part of the exhibition! You earned it the piece is beautiful.

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

awesome! Congratulations!

Food and Drugs said...

Great work!

norm golden said...

I've been a fan for a few years now. And your work gets better and better! Love it all.

ValGalArt said...

great work Angela! i love it :)

Andi Butler said...

Congratulations Angela!!!

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Dollface Creatures said...

Congratulations! It's much deserved, this is absolutely magical!

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks for all the support!
Big hugs to everyone!

Bella Sinclair said...

Aww, Angela! A BIG congratulations. That's a great exhibition and an OUTSTANDING painting! Hehehehe, the Harry doll is especially adorable. I love reading about your process. Thanks so much for sharing some of your secrets!

Rabbit Town Animator said...

Fantastic work and congragulations!!! I love the little Harry Doll and the girl is so cute! I like the matching scarves (griffyndor colours? ) the little star hair pin....it's just great!

MJC *-* said...

Hey, that looks very soft and smooth. I'm painting with acrylic too now (but on paper) and I'm just wondering what's the best way to make the surface like supersmooth without making a plastic surface. What do you use? I ordered clear gesso of Liquitex now, because I heard that's the best thing, or a gell medium... Right now, I'm painting a wall and used an acrylbinding (because the woman of the shop said it was great) BUT my paper is so smooth now that my acrylic looks like watercolor and it's hard to blend, it just comes off if I spray water on it and stuff. Grr...So maybe you can share your preparation..! I will try different things till I found the best way.

Ana said...

looks great :)

Nicole Alesi said...

amazing! I LOVE your process - thank you for sharing. I'm so excited for you - congrats!

Angela Matteson said...

Back in school we were taught to use gesso, but I ended up with that icky plastic surface, and never liked acrylics, and favored watercolor. But, when I started with these Interacive Acrylics I only use a light wash of a mix of brown acrylics as a stain. I like the painting to have a dry, not shiny look, so if the paint gets too thick I sand it back a bit.

canvas artwork said...

wow, your art is amazing

Trade Your Talent said...

wow, I just stumbled upon your work, I just love this!!!

Shirley said...

This is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, Angela! Oh my gosh, the technique, the sweet charm, the glow..all of it...fantastic! Super congrats on the exhibition..I know your piece will bring big giant smiles!

Amber June said...

OMGoodness, I love this! It is my little girl (and, subconsciously, me) to a tea! Beautiful! Where can I purchase a print?

Julia said...

Hello!
Ive just discovered your wonderful art, and wanted to write how inspiring your work is, I love your style and will be back to visit again soon.

Sending love from your newest follower!
Julia x

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks so much everyone!

The painting sold at the show opening!

Prints are now available in my shoppe:
http://www.imagekind.com/Harry-Potter-Fangirl-art?IMID=c5b3c882-d5b4-4918-86b0-1c4237e70caf

Julissa Mora said...

It looks great Angela! Congrats on the sale!