Newborn metrics for girl

I created newborn metrics for my daughter Urszula.

A name Urszula comes from latin from word ursa which means she-bear. Thats why in the picture I painted bear-ballerina.

In the same style I added features of character typical for woman with the name Urszula: responsible, ambitious, independent, dynamic, happy and outgoing.

All made by watercolours on paper sized A4 and framed.

Sakura trees – part 5 – corrections and details

Last part is to correct meadow – add more flowers and shadow them, paint family on the bridge, add details in some places.

I also added some glossy reflections on river using pearl white. I also wanted to paint something on the sky because I thought it looks empty there. So I first thought about balloon under heads of family. I even started to paint it but client didn’t like it so I had to paint over it. It wasn’t easy because I still saw horizontal brush marks so I painted additional cloud in this place. The effect you can see below:

I varnished my painting and I think my work was done so next step is to drive it into destiny’s place and install it on frame in client’s house. We need to cut off edges and pin on it on prepared frame. This is how it looks at the end:

My advise: if you want to have painting at house which will be covered during using television like in this case – don’t install empty frame. It would be much easier. But we of course handle it. Client was satisfied and happy, so do I.

I hope you enjoy it.

Sakura trees – part 4 – painting grass and river

Next step – painting grass and meadow on first plan. At the beginning I painted green background and later worked on details on grass.

I started from left side of painting. Small grass from faraway was painted by using fan brush but all visible blade of grass was painted manually and separately using normal very thin brush. It took very long period of time. Also I painted edge of river.

Next I tried to detailed meadow at the front of painting. Here glade of grass need to be larger. I also added some flowers. But it isn’t finished work with meadow. Some of planned flowers will be protruded by the river so I painted river before I finish meadow.

Above you can see painted river. I wanted it was very light. On river ducks are swimming. I also made some color on bridge.

To be continued…

Sakura trees – part 3 – trees

Next part was to paint all cherry blossom trees. At the beginning I painted brown trunks and branches and later white-pink blossoms.

I used brushes to paint blossom but I noticed that effect isn’t satisfied for me, so I found in the Internet smart way to paint it quick and beautifully – I used few cotton buds tight together in spite of brushes. The effect was much better.

I think blossoms look stunning. I just needed to shadow trunks and branches.

To be continued…

Sakura trees – part 2 – painting sky with clouds

After client’s approval I ordered canvas and paints and prepared place to paint. I couldn’t find prepared canvas in size exactly the same as they wanted so I bought little bigger and marked by masking tape necessary size. I could do that because I knew when I end this painting we will relocate it into new frame already installed in client’s home.

This is how it looked. Area between masking tape will be painted.

Next I started painting. I always start from top to bottom, so at first I decided to paint sky with cloud. At the beginning I painted blue sky and left unpainted places for clouds. When sky dried (and it dried fast because it is acrylic), I painted clouds. Effect you can see below:

I think clouds are pretty cool. Next I put first layer under grass and forests hills.

To be continued…

Sakura trees – part 1 – make a draft version of your work.

“Sakura trees” is my first commission artwork. I worked on it very long so decided to share with us not just final work but also steps during creating this painting. This will be a cycle of five articles, in which you will see progress of this artwork.

Because it is my first commission work I would like to prepare before I will start painting. So at first I met with my client to find out what they expect from painting. Because of pandemic Covid-19 most conversation was made by phone or Internet, but it isn’t any problem for me. It is much easier when someone gives you a photo and say – please paint for me exactly the same. Unfortunately it isn’t this case. I got many pictures with comments: “from picture one I want this part and from picture two I want another part and colors have to be different and it need to fit to our interior design”. Sometimes people don’t exactly know what they really want. In this case they only were sure of size of painting (100 x 159 cm) because in the end this painting would be installed on the frame which hide television in saloon. Frame was already installed permanent in the wall so there was no possibility to take their frame and stretch canvas on it.

I decided to preapare a colourful sketch of that what they want. For it is better because canvas is really big so my plan was to paint first time right.

Above you can see my vision of what they want. I wanted to get an approve from them. Unfortunately they change their mind. I heard: “I think it is sad painting because the family is going somewhere alone like they were going for death or something terrible”. And I got new guidelines. So I decided to prepare second sketch.

Second sketch was approved by client with some small corrections but after that I knew what they want and what they expect from painting.

To be continued …

Golden compass

This is my newest acrylic painting inspired tv series “His dark materials”.

Below you can see an alethiometer known as a golden was special thing which could tell the truth to person who can use it. Only few people could do it. In the background you can see aurora which also is connected with this tv series.

I also saw a movie “Golden Compass” and in my opinion tv series is more interested than the movie.

Used media: acrylic painting + black marker. Picture painted on paper size A3.

Newborn metrics

Lots of people have newborn metrics for their babies. So I wanted have it too for my son. On the market you can see many designs to choose and buy, but I wanted to do something on my own – full handmade, not printed. The result of it you can see below.

My son has name Artur. This name comes from celtic language as a joint of two words: Art – bear and ur – young, beautiful. That’s why I painted a little bear.

On the moon I wrote some features of character connected with the name and to be honest all of them match to him. He is active, impatient, shy, dynamic, inventive and he walks its own paths.

Except the name and features of character there is also date of birth, time of birth, weight, height and name of city when he was born.

To create it I used watercolours and pen. All on paper sized A4 and framed.