I finished my final quick painting. It took roughly 2 3/4 hours from gesso to finished. Like the first one that focused on my oldest, and the second that focused on my youngest, this one focused on Mark and I. But I chose the reverse how I did it. For my boys, I took a combination of pictures of the animals and flowers I associate with them and placed them beneath my boy's painted image. For Mark and mine, I took three photographs from our wedding (yes, I cut up almost 12 year old wedding pictures (after scanning them into the computer (; )) then painted the animals and flowers we associate with ourselves.
Like the two previous paintings, it began with finding hardware, then creating a painting it could go in.
Where my boys' paintings were made to use the lockets, I wanted this metal piece center top of ours.
We associate the Raven and blue roses with my husband.
And the wolf and calla lilies with me.
A detail on the calla liles shows the pencil lines that were allowed to remain.
And this is the overall, finished piece.
I then set all three paintings up on the chalk board to see them together, the way I imagined them (and because it's very unlikely they'll actually be displayed together).
I love how I managed to phase from red through the center image into blue on the other side. I'd like to tell you it was on purpose, but I'd be misspeaking. Just a happy accident. Just like the yellow of the calla lilies making the daffodil in my son's cheek pop-- another happy accident.
Over all, extremely pleased with the way these turned out (: