Inspired by C.S. Lewis’s wonderful Narnia books I wanted a picture of Aslan for my bedroom. I’d been thinking of painting this for years and had a canvas all ready with the background paint on and a pencil sketch lightly over that. Although my flat is not sorted out yet, I really wanted to paint again so, over the course of a few days as my pain is not great at the moment, I gave it a go.
First I sketched over my pencil marks witha sketch in paint and then began to flesh out the design.
I was thinking of using the colours for C3PO and R2D2 but it didn’t look right – the blue was too cold.
So I switched to entirely warm colours…
I gradually went over all the blue using yellows, browns and blacks.
When I added a darker brown I used a lot of red in it to warm the picture even further. This is the finished picture…
In terms of design it’s a bit of a departure for me – being more abstract than realistic. In a way it’s a mixtiure of the two styles I’ve worked on previously – realistic painting and contemporary abstract acrylic. The base coat of paint for this painting was acrylic and I used gouache over the top.
This is the very first time when painting that I’ve really relaxed and found a freedom to just paint and see what happens. I think it’s because it was on this old canvas which was I thinking of throwing out so I wasn’t worried about the cost of failing. It was super to paint again. I have really missed it.