the First Time Mother’s Joy

This is the first time I’ve done a painting in about 6 years, and the first time I’ve touched oil paints in almost a decade, so ‘scuse the rustiness and lack of technique.

Some very close friends of ours, Joe and Katie are expecting their first child this summer, and I really wanted to do something special, and personal for them.

First, I’ll give you some pictures of the space I’m working in.

room

The 'library'

dining room

The dining room, now a makeshift studio

I wanted to paint something that would appeal to small children, but also have an ‘edge’, hints of a fairytale darkness that would last for a few years in a children’s room, as mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve always been a fan of the darkness and more twisted imagery in children’s stories.

I started with a very loose sketch, just to give me a feel for composition and flowing the shapes together.

sketch

From there, I was able to start ‘drawing’ directly onto the canvases with a thinned acrylic burnt umber. You can see that I decided to move the figures, to give better balance to the piece.

panel 1

panel 2

panel 3

And that, for now, is where I’m at. It’s still very early in the painting process, but I’m pleased with where this is headed. I like the subject matter, the composition and my choices of a colour palette.

I just hope that the parents (and baby!) like the finished thing too…

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Looks great, I’m sure they’ll love it. Reminds me a bit of the Vitalite adverts, so you can sing the song to yourself as you paint.

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    • That’s a great idea Colin, thank you!

      “Wake up in the morning wantin’ some breakfast. What am I gonna spread on my toast? Ohhh, Ohhh, Vitalite.”

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  2. Posted by Captain caveman on April 28th 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Bloody triffids. Shoot the lot of ’em I say.

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