Princess Lost, my painting process

Princess Lost - mixed media painting by jane coquillonThis is a painting that really had me stumped for a while there.
I actually put her aside for a couple of months in the end, because I just couldn’t see whether she was done yet.

And then I came across her last week and realized that yes, she was.
She was actually finished.

I started out well, with lots of different coloured acrylics, some sharpie mark making and drips of india ink.
Then some daubs of gesso to break up the darkness where it got kind of muddy.

Add some strips and scraps of patterned and gold paper and washi tape, plus some doodling.

Then I could see where a face should be and added my paper for the shape…

I pencilled in her features roughly, and then got so caught up in painting that I forgot to take progress shots!

Once I was happy with her face, I decided to cover up all the craziness of the background and broke out the gesso again.

After I’d scraped a thin-ish layer on with a palette knife it was much easier on the eye…

You can see bits of india ink and ink from my Krink pen that bled through the gesso to prevent it becoming too white.

I really love that, it’s a lovely subtle effect that happens with acrylics over the dry inks.

This is about where I began to feel stuck. I knew that I’d covered up most of the wild colours and patterns, but was it too much?

I’d scratched a scribbly circle above her head and added some yellow ink, but now I thought it was too yellow with the gold paper in her dress.

She sat for a week or so, then I added some drips of orange/red ink to the “sun” and put her aside again, feeling utterly frustrated.

 

And there she sat for at least three months, until I uncovered her in May and realised that yes, she was finished.

I think this is the longest I’ve ever been stuck on one painting.  What’s your record?

Happy Friday the 13th, jane  xx

 

{linking in with paint party friday this week}

“She Blooms by Moonlight” – my painting process

She Blooms by Moonlight -mixed media paintingAt Wonderhubby’s work Christmas party in December last year, I fell in love with the colours of the paper crowns from the festive Christmas crackers.

I could just see them as part of a painting, so I (fairly) discreetly gathered up as many as I could from the tables surrounding us…

I’m so glad I listened to that little acquisitive voice, because they were the touch that eventually revealed the whole story of this piece to me.

I really loved working on this wistful girl, even though she went through so very many changes.

I gave her a pet dog and hated it. And then her body was no longer right either, so I covered almost the whole lower half of the painting with gesso. In fact, about the only thing I did like about the whole piece was her face..

 

Then it looked a little like a snowscape to me, so I gave her a warm hat and a new body.

But I still couldn’t quite see her story until I added the little moon face, and suddenly it just gelled.

 

The pink and yellow in particular looked lovely layered together.
I added pieces of both to create a glow around the moon, which suddenly became petals to me.

I knew my girl needed something extra, so I decided to give her some petals too, and the relationship between the two characters was made clear.

Just a touch of dark blue for contrast in the sky, and they were done.

Hope your week’s been good to you,
jane xx

ps – linking this week to paint party friday and creative every day

29 faces, three, four, five

I’m still behind – no surprise there! – but slowly catching up.

This adorable little fellow was face #3, painted on a 4x4in canvas panel.

He just looked so sad and hungry with his bib tied around his neck, all ready for dinner!
And he sold the same day I listed him in my store, which was kind of happy-sad because I only got to spend a couple of days with him.

What Time is Dinner?
What Time is Dinner?
original sold, prints available

This past week has been fantastic! good and not-so-good.
I actually overdid things a little and ended up with another infected throat, but that’s just about gone now..

On the up side I’ve had three full days of art this week (!) sold two original paintings, one print and two aceo prints.
Plus had my etsy store critiqued by the lovely Jen (and boy do I have work to do!)

And I finally realised what my word for 2014 should be: Play!

"Play" original on cardboard available (email me) archival prints available
Play
original on cardboard available –email me
archival prints available

My word last year was trust, and boy did I get a lot of practice with that one!

So this year I think I’ve earnt some playtime, which I explored in this piece on 9x9in scrap cardboard – using every art supply I could think of, including nail polish!

Sunshine Girl original available
Sunshine Girl
original available

My fifth face is another unusual one (of course), because yellow isn’t a colour I use a lot of.
But in this case I just kept wanting to add more and more of it, and I love the effect!

It made her very easy to name, too!

I’ve been quite slack in visiting everyone else’s blog posts for 29 faces, Creative Every Day and PPF this week, so I’m making it a priority to visit at least 5 blogs each day next week.

See you soon!
jane xxx

Happy New Year!

You Rule My World - mixed media - bird detailHere’s to 2014!
It’s going to be a great one, I can feel it!

We had a quiet Chrissy and NYE at home and let the kiddo’s stay up until midnight for the first time – and they both made it!
(although only just, in monkeyboy R’s case)

You Rule my World - mixed media - bear detail

Lots of Christmas goodies were had by all, and Wonderhubby and I are just about to enjoy a quiet cuppa.
(“quiet” being the operative word, since the kids have had an early night)

You Rule my World - mixed media - face detail

So, this is an example of what I’ve been up to in the last month since WH started his new job…

You Rule my World - mixed media painting - whimsical artPainting, painting and more painting, of course!
(thank you Santa for all those lovely art supplies)

I hope everyone has had a lovely Chrissy/NYE break, and would like to wish you all the very best the universe has to offer in 2014.

hugs, jane xx  WithLove-janecoquillon-heart3-shadow

…and breathe…

Well, I’m back.

I always try to be positive and look on the bright side, but the past few months had me temporarily defeated.

It’s a long story, one I will share soon, but at the moment I’d rather get this party started again and share some art with you, my lovely friends!

Some of you will have already seen these on facebook or instagram, so please bear with me as I bring my bloggy home up to date again…

Homebunny - available as a 8x6" or ACEO print

Homebunny is the first painting I’ve done since June, it’s a small one (3.5 x 2.5 inches) and available as a print in my etsy store.

She reminds me of a soft little white toy rabbit I still have on my shelf here, from when I was a child.
Her name is Alice & she wears a little pink floral dress with lace around the neck, and watches over me with a little smile as I paint.

Some of what I went through in the past five months was quite painful and difficult to deal with, and I know that it would have been a good deal more difficult without my family and friends who gathered around with support and love.

Never Alone - available as a print soon.

Never Alone grew out of that feeling of being loved through difficult times, it’s the largest painting I’ve done to date – 12 x 10 inches.

So big that it doesn’t fit my scanner! I’m planning to gift my closest friends (who saw me through all of this) with a print of this one for Christmas this year. So I’d better get myself in gear & take it into the print shop, hadn’t I?

Strangely, I’m more of a ‘cat person’, but this little doggie just leapt out of the background at me while I was painting my girl.
So she has a canine friend instead – maybe my subconscious was using him to symbolise the caring and loyalty my friends have shown me this past year.

I often find things like that happen when I’m creating, and don’t understand them until I sit down to analyse the image later on.
Has that happened to anyone else out there?

Our minds are a strange, miraculous land…

(happy paint party friday, and hello to all my friends out there – i’ve missed you so much!)