I made this acrylic painting as a Christmas present for a support worker who has been helping me with my mental health.
Here are some photos of the process I went through to paint it…
Here is a photo of my final picture…(apologies for the change in colour – the final picture was taken under some proper full spectrum lights and is more accurate colour-wise. The other photo’s reflect the light in the room at the time.)
This week’s art is an ink and pencil drawing of a passion fruit. Looking at the fruit, cut open like this, I was really interested in the textures. I loved the squishy glistening wetness of the seeds and the detailed structures of the pith.
This is a drawing of a Daruma doll. These small figurines are symbols of luck and perseverance in Japanese culture. When you get a Daruma doll you think about something you wish to improve in your life. Then with that wish in mind you colour in one of the eyes and put the Daruma doll on display somewhere in your home. The idea is that every time you see the Daruma doll it reminds you of what you wanted to improve and it helps you to persevere in achieving that goal. Once the goal is achieved then you can colour in the second eye.
I like the idea of having a reminder of things I want to improve. So I chose something and coloured in one eye. I wonder how long it will take to colour in the other one!
I do enjoy drawing small creatures big enough to see details of their form. This is a honey bee. She does, in fact, have six legs, but two of them are hidden behind her body. Sometimes when this happens I indicate parts of the missing legs in the picture anyway so that the viewer isn’t confused but I chose to draw her legs just like my reference this time around.
In terms of my process – this painting was very standard – a pencil sketch, a basic wash and then more detailed washes followed by wet on dry details.