Tag Archives: acrylic painting

‘Six-Tailed Kitsune’

This is the first time I chose to create a self portrait; this wasn’t any sort of assignment for a studio class or even a prompt for an art contest.

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Sketchbook composition done in charcoal pencil and photographed with my lucky charm: a Chinese macrame necklace with a moonstone locket box.
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Sloppy underpainting: neat borders made with blue painter’s tape covering the edges.

I believe that the most difficult aspect of this original painting was the placement and structure of the foxes; in order to keep the flow of the work consistent I added another fox (lower left hand corner)

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vivid colors and details slowly being constructed
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Since kitsunes have different powers I chose to paint them different colors and allow the viewer to guess which had which magical ability.
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Tweaking the final details and placement of the eyes, lips, etc.

I have seen another contemporary artist, Kelly Denato,’s paintings which possessed a glowing effect despite no iridescent shimmer paints. In order to achieve that same effect I used a tiny brush and pastel paints to dip dots all over the backdrop, almost like fluttering flower petals and snowflakes.

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Final colors/signed acrylic painting. 

This will more than likely end up in my ‘Best of 2017’ post upon January 1, 2018. Thanks as always for viewing. Merry we meet and merry we part.

~Xi Wen Chen

‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

 

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Finished & Framed Version of ‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

For my third art entry in the Westminster Kennel Club art contest my aunt @missmochitheyorkie (on Instagram!) texted me this gorgeous reference photo of her adorable yorkie, Mochi, for me to use as a reference photo:

 

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Occasionally, I sketch out the figure first in either charcoal or pencil rather than figure it out with a thin layer of turpenoid:

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The head is a bit too small in this initial layer

IMG_0642IMG_0678          I enjoy creating these live painting demos on Instagram because:

  1. It’s fun to answer questions from my awesome followers, shout out to friends, and share my unique melting pot of music.
  2. It reminds me that yes, I do need to add more tunes to my playlists.
  3. It’s live proof of my artistic talent/creativity.
    img_0820-e1505695916409.jpg        I had the most thrills when experimenting with the Brooklyn sunset and skyline; it’s to represent that time moves much faster than you’d like or hope.
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Close up on the face:

Please don’t forget to comment/like! I will also be posting the process videos including the embellishment and varnishing portions. And if you wish to receive more speedy updates please follow me on Instagram @xi_wen_c . Blessed be your weekend!

‘Doe Eyed Yorkie’

yorkie 5          I decided to enter the Westminster Kennel Club/Pratt dog art contest; this is entry 1 that I’ve completed. What I loved the most about painting this ‘Doe Eyed Yorkie’ piece is experimenting with the fur texture.

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As you can see, the first layer was a bit of a struggle, I wanted to include the fur wrappers present in the reference image, yet it ended up not working out. I also made the fur too bloated and the ‘neck fur’ far too short.

 

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Reference Image: http://www.gettyimages.com/event/canine-champions-compete-at-129th-westminster-kennel-club-dog-show-52187947#mandy-a-miniature-poodle-gets-a-trim-by-her-handler-before-she-is-at-picture-id52197643

In the next layer of paint, I discovered that the composition was a bit crooked, and the dimensions a bit off, so I sought to amend that.

yorkie-2-e1504549824231.jpg      Before I could begin embellishing the painted dog with my fav Golden iridescent bright gold paint, I needed to first ‘bring back’ the fur strokes that were unintentionally lost when I touched up the backdrop with a mixture of several dark acrylic paints: phthalo blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt green, cadmium, and alizarin crimson hue.

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Here’s the 10-minute video I made on Instagram’s live feed option:

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this art grimoire entry! May all be well with ye:

~Xi Wen Chen

 

‘Madame C:Journal Ent I’

   I am not able to upload the process videos yet, but I will at the first chance I receive. This is one of the most special acrylic personalized portraits that I’ve had the privilege of being approached first to create.

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I’ve been inspired by watching process art videos on other amazing artists’ Instagram and business websites, which is why I have chosen to make my own live stream. None of my art process has been edited/tampered in any shape or form. I choose from a wide variety of music to listen to as I weave with my magic, and to entertain my local/global audience.

My playlist for this series of live journals are:

  1. ‘Fight ’til the End’ by Jack Savoretti
  2. ‘I Found’ by Amber Run
  3. ‘Dollhouse’ by Melanie Martinez
  4. ‘Chillin’ like a Villain’ by Adam Schmalholz, Tom Sturges, Antonina Armato, Tim James
  5. ‘Ways to be Wicked’ by Sam Hollander
  6. ‘If Only’ by Adam Anders
  7. ‘Playdate’ by Melanie Martinez
  8. ‘Big Girls don’t Cry’ by Fergie & Toby Gad
  9. ‘How to Save a Life’ by the Fray
  10. ‘Game of Survival’ by Ruelle
  11. ‘Cut the Cord’ by Shinedown
  12. ‘Sound of Madness’ by Shinedown
  13. ‘Enemies’ by Shinedown
  14. ‘Adrenaline’ by Shinedown
  15. ‘Call Me’ by Shinedown
  16. ‘If You Only Knew’ by Shinedown
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I’m really hoping my close friend will appreciate this personalized portrait of her, as much as I loved working on it (after I had set up the foundation layers, of course!)

 

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The First Layer is just dabbing on paint, some color contrast, and vivid strokes of water.
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Beginning to define my friend with glowing pastels against the dark, murky moon adorned sky and silky glowing waters.
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After contacting the real ‘Madame C’ via DM on Instagram, I altered her formerly pale peach nightshirt and hunter green panties to a glossy lavender and darker underwear.

I’m very excited to show the completed version of ‘Madame C’ very soon. I also have several other ideas that I’m looking forward to working on outside of the thumbnails. Think of them as profound throwbacks to my childhood as a selective mute, introvert (still am), and old soul (I feel as though I’m at least 1,000 years of age, lmao!) Enjoy your Friday night everyone!