Today I have been painting more of my Quirky Portraits and I have finished one already. The background I had already painted with acrylic paints back in April last year. That’s more than a year ago! I had prepared these three 10″ square canvases which were sitting on a shelf in my art room and to be honest I hadn’t known what to do with them.
So I took them off the shelf and decided they would make great backgrounds for one of my Quirky Portraits. It was a different way of working for me though. Normally I have decided what I am going to paint before I prepare my backgrounds and then the background is prepared accordingly. So this was a little scary for me and I was very dubious that it might not work out. But in fact I am very happy with it.
I chose to work on this prepared background first.First of all I painted her face.Then those white fanned brush marks above her head appealed to me so I added more to give the appearance of a headless.Then I added a Cleopatra inspired hairstyle.I have named her Cleo (for hairstyle reasons).
I thought you might like to see the sides of the canvas too.As you can see I have used a deep edged canvas and I take the painting around to the sides, including the top and bottom. I like to do this so that a painting can be enjoyed from any angle.
So now I need to work on the other two of these prepared canvases. Let’s hope they work out for me too.