Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Madden Girls

"Madden Girls"
8" x 8"

(what this painting could look like framed)

I've wanted to paint these cute little shoes I've had for a while now and the latest DPW challenge provided the perfect opportunity.  To check out Carol Marine's "Polka Dot" Challenge click here.  


  1. Une très jolie peinture... Sur le moment j'ai pensé à une photo !... Un merveilleux travail de précision. Bravo !
    Gros bisous

  2. I like this one a lot. It has some nice contrasts, a nice composition with nice negative spaces and the right amount of details, well done.

    1. Thanks so much Roger. This one was really fun for me. I'd been thinking about it for a long time and so when it came time to paint, it really flowed well.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Cynthia -- I thought they were really cute too! :)

  4. I love the dynamic composition, and the realism achieved here is really astounding! I studied it as close as I could and can see the lovely granulating effects you achieved using Ultramarine. What colors did you mix to achieve those dark dark black? I also like the two-layer, translucent shadows... The last question I have is -- did you use masking to protect the flower and polka dots patterns? If so, how did you protect the delicate surface of Fabriano from being torn when you remove masking? Thanks!

  5. I did use masking -- just plain ol' Winsor Newton watercolor mask. It doesn't disturb the surface at all. I use my finger and a kneaded eraser to pick it up. As far as the black goes -- I think I used burnt sienna and ultramarine, perhaps a little alizarin, I can't remember. Thanks for your questions and kind remarks. :)


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