Wednesday, 14 January 2015

AMAZON SHAMAN - 30 Paintings in 30 Days ART PARTY - Day 15

By Sea Dean
" x 10" Wrap Canvas

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This painting was inspired by recent documentaries on the Amazon rainforest. Although I paint a lot of pets, I'm always afraid to paint people. When I get over my fear I love the process. Portraits take on a life of their own. A deep connection is created between the subject and the artist. A point is reached when suddenly the painting comes to life. Breathing life into inanimate paint on your canvas is a very exciting experience.

While creating this Shaman I had the feeling that he was encouraging my work. The portrait went through many stages and sat unfinished in my studio at the stage below for some months. I was pleased that I was able to finish it today and add it to the list of my 30 paintings in 30 days.

As I look at the painting in front of me I feel the expression and eyes look different in the image. The expression also changes depending on how large the image is which is quite strange. It is also not apparent in this image that the Shaman is looking straight out of the painting at the viewer. It's possible that this is caused by the Mona Lisa sfumato effect I built in to the sides of the mouth and eyes. It is certainly a very magical painting. There is a fair bit of texture in the feathers created with Liquitex Heavy Gel Gloss. I've also varied the thickness of the paint, being thin and bright in some areas and thick and rich in others. I'm quite proud of the result.

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS - Day 15


As a special gift to fellow artists I am allowing you to post on my blog during the 30 in 30 Challenge. I'm using the same type of system as Leslie Saeta, so if you're participating it will be easy. Please post  with YOUR NAME ONLY (not the painting's name or your business name) and a link to your web presence. 

Posting ends at midnight each day and voting begins. Voting is open on all the previous days blogs from January 1st until January 31st. Three votes for each person every day. Voting opens when posting closes and continues till 31st January 2015. At close of voting the three most popular paintings rise to the top and remain there forever.

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Prizes given to the most active artists and voters that participate throughout the month. Posts, Votes, Comments, Shares etc.
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