This month I had a particularly productive couple of weeks where I made use of every idea I could think of, hoping for a few hits among the misses. Here's a step-by-step of "Quail of my Dreams."
Sometimes I fixate on one section at a time, but this time I mixed colour everywhere in the first layer. For background colours, I mixed complementaries to make dingy looking colours, and just kept adding more and more combinations while the surface was still wet. Mostly red, green and blue.
Added details to the quail and a bit more blues/violets to the flowers.
More deep blue lines around the flowers! I painted his shimmery breast feathers with gold acrylic paint, here.
I cut out some flowers I was also painting on a separate scrap of paper, and glued them on with a piece of bookboard underneath to make them pop out. This quail is all dressed up, ready to go to the All Things exhibition!
I've been so busy making boxes and doing a little overtime at work, that now I'm taking a bit of a break. ACEO is good for breaks. Also, video games. Except a battle on Okami (wii) was too tough for me, and all that arm waving literally gave me a migraine. No Okami for me tonight :(
This ACEO is available here!
Oh, I filmed the making of this card so I don't have to do what I did last weekend and rush through filming and editing at the last minute on Sunday. Euuugghl.
Another sneak peek at the art that will be featured at the All Things show! If you haven't heard, here are the deets:
An exhibition of new work by Margaret Burns & Melissa Peacock
Artist reception: Saturday September 6, 1pm-3pm
at the Newton Cultural Centre
13530 72 Ave
I tend to use creative liberties in regard to "themes" and "themed shows", and while a Cascadian flora & fauna theme seems so incredibly up my alley that I probably could have sent them anything and still fit in, I wasn't totally sure if using my housecat as a model on a nearly blank background was going to fly. At all. I did make sure I used some local butterflies (hydaspe) and inspiration from local flowers (shamefully forgotten the name)... but there was some seriously fantastic work in that room which I thought was way outta my league!
About this painting:
I paint my cat sometimes. This one more than my other one. I think it's a guilt thing. This cat is very good at conveying importance and dignity. He is the "wildest" cat I know - hardly what I would consider "domesticated". I assume that when he twitches and kicks (and occasionally LEAPS) in his sleep, he is out in the wild chasing creatures and sniffing notes in the air. I like to paint him in the life he was meant to experience, tearing up grass instead of tearing up carpet (and nervous guests/mates/me).
The photos don't really capture the delight of the attached buttons and the butterflies that bounce away from the canvas, so if you are local to me, come check out "Wild" at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna
August 23 to November 16, 2014
Opening Reception September 20, 7-9pm
Surrey Arts Centre
13750 - 88 Avenue
Just for fun, here's an interview with the model:
Interview with the Model: Milo
Q:How do you keep your fur so white?
A: Regularly scheduled barfing.
Q: How do you handle the rush of apartment life and working from home?
A: Very strict routine as follows:
5:00 - snuggle tiems
5:30 - poop & barf
5:30 - 8:00 - beg for breakfast. I might even eat it
8:00 - snooze
17:00 - beg for dinner. Definitely won't eat it until later. Eat grass. Maybe barf if it's been a while since last barf
18:00 - play and snooze
20:00 - restricted snuggle time. Very particular with the hugging. Will bite if not to script
23:00 - extreme whine & unlimited snuggle time. Have separation anxiety attack out of spite
23:30 - snooze
Q: What is your favourite food?
A: I refuse most meals, but I LOVE spiderwebs and random pieces of carpet lint I find on the floor. In the above photo there's a gigantic piece of grass I had stuck to my face for the longest time. I mean, I was saving it for later, duh.
Here's a peek into what I've been painting this week. It took a lot of tedious repetition and long sessions but it's done and I am so in love with it.
If you are local to me, you can take a good long look at this painting at my joint exhibition with Margaret Burns next month! Here are the deets:
Artist reception Sept 6, 1pm-3pm
Newton Cultural Centre
13530 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2P1
Fresh off the table, just before framing, is another quail. I always seem to paint quails after seeing one. They're just so... unique.
Card is available here!
Slow video by request. Yes? No? Too slow?
Playing with a previous idea I used for a gift painting, to see how well it translates onto paper...
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST