I have been enjoying painting this winter. The first painting I accomplished for the new year is 'Venus on the Shelf' 40x50cm Acrylic on cradled board. I began with playing the various elements that I had collected. I ordered a range of used books with Venus in the title. It was really hard not to order some of the books. What great titles I found to use: Unearthing Venus, The Venus Fixers, Venus Prime, Venus with Bicepts and the list goes on and on. I couldn't fit in some of the titles I got a kick out of like Venus Envy and Cruel Venus.
Above are a few of the set ups that I did. The bottom one is the one I finally decided on.
Then I began to paint! Working back to front.
I discovered that I need to have a tool to help me see the small details of the still life. So after hours of trying to find exactly what I was looking for with binoculars I finally contacted an artist who I follow and asked where he got the ones I see him use. Thankfully artists are so helpful and I received a response right away and had the binoculars ordered right away. I can't wait to work on my next still life...that will be in March. It is a commission so I won't share until it has been gifted. :)
It was a real challenge in a number of ways but I was able to stay focus and got through it fairly unscathed. :)
This painting is available and can be found HERE.
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Yellowknife watercolour and acrylic artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree’s latest venture can best be summarized as capturing moments of beauty from the world around her.
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