Finished Painting and Grand Opening!

After hours upon hours and days upon days, the Alice painting ala Anna is finally finished!

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I am very pleased with the results and I am thinking on what to create next. With the completion of this painting, I’ve received some print requests. What I decided to to is to revive my old cafepress store. I did some major cleaning and rearranging. I haven’t used that darned thing in years and it was piled up with old wares and prints.

I’ve put up some stuff me and Kim designed together and before you know it, I was adding everything else that seemed to be decent of a creation.

I haven’t added the print itself yet since it needs to go to Kinkos and get scanned in. This baby is to big for my scanner and it needs the care of professionals. As you can see on the photo, I had to puzzle it together to get a decent shot.

I’ve bought about additional 3 canvases so the thinking storm begins!

If you like to check out mine and Kims re re re reopened Cafepress store, click here. It’s not designed mind you, I’ve removed my premium account because it cost me more running it then I was making in selling stuff (the curse of an artist, always poor).

The print of Alice, once available will be commission less. Meaning you will only pay for the shipping+Printing charges set up my cafepress with no other payment for me that is 🙂 Mind you I will only keep that offer up for about 2 weeks. After that I will raise the print price. If you for some reason miss that window, let me know and I will temporarily remove commission again.

Other then getting my hands on nice new cels (remember to check the Cel gallery, I got some starzinger ones!), its been a pretty quiet weekend. The weather was faaaantastic on Saturday, so we took the opportunity and grabbed of bows and went shooting 🙂 Kim Successfully Robin Hooded his Arrow (it means that he hit his arrow with another arrow).

Here is the documentation of that incident.

Anywho, when it came to videogames, we picked up Marvel ultimate alliance 2 again. We quickly realized why we stopped playing in the first place. It was just not very “interactive”. Mainly it was just run and blow stuff up. I know, it does sound cool. But in the end, not really.

I think in these kind of games, I prefer to play it FPS mode. It is the same thing that Turned Kim off the new Tomb Raider game. That format just kills the mood over all and you feel increasingly detached from the story and action of it all.

Kim is exited about the upcoming Thor movie. So much so he bought the fricken rubber toy Thor hammer. I head the noise of thunder behind my head and I know I will be attacked shortly after. It never fails. I hear a BOOOOM and then my head gets a beating. It also shoots a rubber bullet thing from its top and the cat just goes nuts over it. I love being married to a kid 🙂 Never a dull moment.

Oil paintings and Alice

Friday evening I started on a new project.

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My own interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, oil style. It takes a lot of thinking and decition making to which sketch or drawing I would turn into a painting. Because let’s face it. Oil colors=expensive. There is so much that goes into oil that some people don’t realize.

Time for instance. When I paint, I paint in sections I also start off with acrylic on those parts that I need to bounce colors off from.

For instance, the sky was initially made in acrylic, simply because I needed it to dry fast and I needed the colors to bounce of everything else I will paint.

For example:

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Here you can see that the sky and the moon is pretty much done. Becuse now I know the source of light. I can add everything else and knowing where the light will reflect.  Once the house and the bushes are a bit dryer, I can start with the door and the remainder of the house.

Once the remainder of the house is done and the greenery in the background. I can start with the road to the door and the chairs.

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Which is where I am right now. I can now add a bit more details into the background. That is something people do not consider I think. Is that even thou a part “seems” done, it is usually not. There are always places in the painting that need to be revisited with ye royal brush to be evened out or repainted. For now I am technically still doing the easier parts. Which are things that are not overly small. As you can see on the table, that will be my biggest challenge, all those small little things that will be painted. Oy vei.

There are also many things I need to fix and add in to. Like the roses, the windows, not entirely happy with those.

So anyways, All of this basically took up most of my weekend and will probably continue on to a few more weekends after this.

Many usually go past a painting and do not understand the work that goes into something that is highly detailed.

The hours, the frustration, the costs of material. Is it worth it at the end? If it ends up looking good, it is worth every investment of my time.

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