Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shelter Girl

This month's theme at The Sketchbook Challenge is SHELTER.  That word has been  floating in my noggin for a while and came out as this canvas.
Texture was added easily to the layers with stencils from The Crafters Workshop.  
I outlined my pencil lines with blue ink pen.  Since it tends to bleed through acrylics, I don't lose my lines - much easier for quick painting.
This is the point where I take a "work in progress" around to my boys/husband and ask how they like it - I mostly do this cause they are always creeped out by no eyes!!  Caleb is also creeped out by long skinny necks so you can imagine how "pleased" he was by the fact that I extended her neck all the way down over the deep edge of the canvas!!  
TIP - Want to know how to cut the bottom off a Tim Holtz metal embellishment?  My initial plan was for the piece to curve around the bottom of my canvas so I put it on a metal block and was tapping it with a hammer to bend it when it broke off completely.  Not what I was aiming for but still quite workable.  (Let me know if you have a tip on how to bend a Tim Holtz metal embellishment)
Linking to Paint Party Friday and
Dina Wakley's Out of the Journal 2012 Challenge.

8 comments:

clare said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!

Gina Sismilich said...

Gorgeous - Love the painting and I'm not creeped out at all - LOL!

Jenny Petricek said...

Gorgeous painting! I too love how you've extended the subject's neck and hair over the side edge of the canvas!

veronica said...

I like the leaves/vines on the house.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Marvelous wrap around painting. Maybe it was good fortune to break off the piece, it sure looks good as is. xox

Sue said...

Beautiful canvas. I love the long neck on your girl!

pauline said...

Michelle, what a beautiful painting! i love her long neck (poor Caleb, spooked out by the lack of eyes!) The colors your chose are beautiful - especially the blue of that little house - and i really love that little word SHELTER. You are one talented gal... xox

Joanna said...

She's REALLY lovely - I really like her direct gaze and pinked up cheeks :)