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.
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)
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.
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.
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:
Occasionally, I sketch out the figure first in either charcoal or pencil rather than figure it out with a thin layer of turpenoid:
I enjoy creating these live painting demos on Instagram because:
It’s fun to answer questions from my awesome followers, shout out to friends, and share my unique melting pot of music.
It reminds me that yes, I do need to add more tunes to my playlists.
It’s live proof of my artistic talent/creativity.
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.
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!
‘Royale Mischief’ is inspired by Victorian era paintings of pampered dogs portrayed in mansions. I decided to use oil paint to create the vivid textures in the coat and and furniture.
The fur coat is a mass of lightly blended colors, it was fun to experiment with vibrant and subtle hues. Creating the torso and proportions was quite difficult, since this pooch isn’t standing or sitting still.
For the first two layers, I was at a lost as to what to do with the background; I first painted it green since grass was the backdrop in my French bulldog reference photo:
I am rather satisfied with the end results: I enjoyed painting the facial expression and implying the backdrop. I believe that a mix of cadmium red and Indian red Gamblin oils was a suitable choice sicne it helped define the curves and edges of the pup.
I’ll be posting a varnish video of it the minute this painting is completely dry. Blessed be your weekend!