Ice Bath

I finally finished up this painting. I’ve been more focused on trying to get my online course set up. Don’t worry. I’ll let you know when I’ve got that ready. As always this is available for purchase in my store.

16×20 digital painting

Some of you may have heard me mention dissociation before. If not, dissociation is what happens when your brain disconnects from what’s happening around you. It can leave you feeling like what’s happening around you isn’t quite real, or that your body isn’t yours. This is a common reaction to trauma, and can be helpful in those circumstances to help the person survive and cope with the trauma. Most problems happen afterward when the brain gets stuck in this even when the person is now in a safe environment.

That’s what this painting describes. There’s a moment of being stuck in a moment and a state that you don’t want to be and isn’t helpful. However there’s also hope, because you can break this cycle, which is what the cracks in the ice symbolize. No one has to be stuck there, but it does take effort, and that effort and amount of time is different for each person.

Perhaps this painting helps you understand what some people go through after a traumatic experience. Ever person’s experience is different. So if you’re someone who’s experiencing something similar to this, please find a therapist. They can help you work through this. If you’re a person who knows someone dealing with this, the best thing you can do is be patient. You can’t force healing. Ask them what would be helpful for you do.

If you see something different in this painting, I would love to hear about it. Everyone sees things differently and that’s wonderful. Put your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to hit the like button on your out!

Mandala 1

I’ve done mandalas before, but this was my first completed one using my digital painting software. I love how quick I was able to complete this.

20×20 digital painting

I do have this available as an outline for you to color in yourself. If you do attempt this, I would love to see what you do with it. You can find both the completed painting and the line drawing on my store.

I am also going to be using this video in creating a class on skillshare for using Sketchbook to create mandalas. If you have a different program, it will most likely work just fine. You’ll probably have the same or similar tools in most digital painting programs.

I will definitely make more of these in the future. It was a nice break from my more intense paintings. To make sure you don’t miss any of those or any of my other paintings, make sure to hit the subscribe button. Talk to you next time!

The Red Hood

 

I missed painting on a black canvas, so I chose this painting to work on.  I love the contrast and the ability to play with light when working on a black canvas.  This was a simple yet very satisfying painting to complete.

Red Hood (c)

I wanted the hood to have almost a feeling of fire.  I got this effect through using lots of soft light, hard light, and glow layers.  I also threw in some yellow into the eyes and lips to give the appearance of the hood reflecting from various objects.

I think I’m getting better at making these speed videos.  You’ll have to let me know what you think, and if you want something different from them.

As usual, this painting is available from my store, and the voice over version of this video is available on my patreon.  I’m trying to put together a class, so paintings may be a bit slow for a while, but I’ll let know when that’s complete.  Talk to you next time!

The Water Goddess

I didn’t really like the previous painting I did of this dancer, so I did a new one.  Unfortunately I don’t have the video for this painting due to switch laptops, but I have the painting!

The Water Goddess (c)

This one turned out much better.  I had lots of fun turning the skirt into water.  She is a great dancer and has many wonderful video on YouTube.  I do have this painting available for purchase on my store.

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Wedding Commission

This was a commissioned painting that I did for my sister.  It was such a cute photo and I was so happy to do this for her.  The color pallet is a little different than what I normally do, but it’s what she chose, and I think it turned out beautifully.  It has a very soft and sweet feel to it.

Elizabeth Roy FINAL(c)

In order to keep my colors correct, I started with a monotone black and white painting, and then glazed color over it.  I actually enjoyed this method of painting better than what I had been doing.  So this was very good for me to do.

I hope she enjoys the painting.  I enjoyed painting it.  I love you sis!

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The Blond Woman

The Blond Woman (c)

Here’s my most recent portrait.  I started a new painting method from a commission I did recently, and I really enjoy it.  I do my first layer in monotone black and white and then layer color over it.  This helps me keep the colors how I want and make sure the values are correct.

I’m thinking about repainting a few of my previous paintings now that I have this method figured out.  So keep an eye out for those.  I love the bold colors in this one, which I needed after doing some more muted colors from a recent commission.  This one is available for purchase at my store.

I hope you enjoy this one as much I did.  If you want your own commissioned piece go to this page, and if you want to see videos with my voice over commentary, please go to my Patreon page.  Make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on anything, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Fire Dancer

 

Well, I finally have this one finished!  I have been teaching myself belly dancing.  Everyone needs a hobby.  I’m definitely no where as good as this dancer is, but Magnolia has some good instructional videos for those of you who are interested, but have no knowledge.  She also has a wonderful personality, which makes watching her videos very easy.

Fire Dancer (c)

I learned a lot of painting techniques with this painting.  I really wanted the veils that she was dancing with to be fire, but I was having difficulty painting them.  So I had an idea of using a photo and transforming that into what I wanting.  It ended up being a combination of photo manipulation and painting in order to get the look of flames I wanted.  I also learned more about how different layer settings work.

I’m happy with how it turned out and who know maybe I’ll repaint it later in a few years when I’ve learned even more things!  That could be exciting.

I hope you enjoyed the video!  Don’t forget the contest I have going on for a free portrait.  That ends this Thursday.  Make sure to hit that subscribe button down there so you don’t miss anything here, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Quick Update

Wondering what I’ve been working on?  Well this is the post for you.  I finally put all these paintings into a book and that’s available here.  I’m so happy to have that completed.  It’s been a great journey.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

 

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I’m also almost done with this painting and will be getting the speed painting together for it.

Fire Dancer (c)

I’ve got some ideas going for how I want things to work going forward, but make sure to hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss any information.  Have anything you want to tell me, let me know in the comments bellow.  Talk to you next time!