.....so i'm in the clear to post it to my blog now.
norma told me that she loved the mexican bird of paradise and silly me didn't know there were different varieties so i painted this one which, apparently, is the hawaiian bird of paradise....NOT the same thing. sorry, norma.
acrylics/mixed media on 8"x10" gallery-wrapped canvas
© serena lewis
norma let me know the package arrived yesterday and she was very happy with the goodies i sent so i can breathe a sigh of relief at last.
i've included some step-by-step images of the painting process below
i roughly sketched the subject directly onto the canvas, then proceeded to apply the first layer of the background colour using a paint 'wash and dab' technique
after the second background layer was applied, i roughly blocked in the first layer of flower and leaves
then i started some shading, lighting and detailing
another layer with more detailing....and then, to finish, i collaged some decorative card-stock on the left side and did a little detailing on the paper design also
the side view showing the edge design
the 'pay it forward' challenge called for 5 recipients and i'm happy to say that has now been completed....YAY!! thankfully, there was no deadline with this challenge because it took me over a year to complete all the gifts. heck, how was i to know it was going to be such a crazy busy year at the time i signed up to participate?! i would like to extend a special THANKS to all my gift recipients for their patience....
...and a happy weekend to all!
~ love, light and peace ~