I drew my picture and then set to work. I used watersoluble Caran D'Ache wax pastels ( love how these feel - like you are spreading butter) for the blue background - mixing blue turquoise with cobalt blue. Outlined the KW with black acrylic paint - sharpied in my writing within the KW. Everything I put in there is symbolic of the island - had to include Captain Tony's for obvious reasons - and then included honeymoon Dec. 2012. I used watercolors - orange and yellow to fill in the letters and wow everything was popping - just like I had it in my head. I was afraid to complete the rooster for fear of wrecking the whole painting. (things don't usually come out like they are in my head)
|used dark brown for matting instead of black, it really made a difference|
After a couple days of staring at it...I sucked it up and put the brush to paper. I completed the rooster using watercolors and then sharpie for some definition and a little white gel pen for some pop. I hope Chrissy and Tony love this as much as I do.
|a raw rough frame captures the island flavor|
Thanks to Alexandra for hosting Sunday Sketches - now to finish my labels for the postcard swap!
May the luck of the Irish be with you today and always!