Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An October-like first day of spring

The cold blustery wind almost knocked me over today, and made me think of my October piece for our Storybook Brushes calendar. The original painting on wood panel is behind the printed calendar. You can see I worked a bit larger, and then scaled down to fit the 8.5″ x 5.5″ calendar page.

I worked on all 3 of my Snow Queen pieces simultaneously. (Oddly enough the Queen herself was not in any of these scenes.) This raven piece was my favorite as it was the most fun to paint. I especially had fun patterning the colors through the leaves.

Of course, the sketch stage was a bit tricky. Once I increased the size of Gerda, and turned the cat around it began to work better.

a close-up....
the final piece....

We had real sun yesterday! .......along with the killer wind.
It was lovely and warm through the window, so I grabbed a quick pic......

And there we have it. The final piece to the story of how 4 illustrators from around the world, Katriona Chapman, Juana Martinez-NealMaria Bogade, and myself, came together to create a calendar filled with 12 original pieces of art.

The calendar is for sale in my etsy shoppe here.