5×7″ study for Secret Garden Series
You simply can’t have an imaginary garden without a peacock. You just can’t! One of our local farms has peacocks roaming freely. I can’t help but follow them around. They intrigue me to no end. Gosh darn it, they are exotic looking and so much fun to paint!
Below are two different studies I have completed. Newest to the left.
I like the change of venue for the peacock, but the Egyptian scarab is just too blatant. I have started a third series of sketches and wound up changing it entirely. I do like the blue and white wall painting though. Something like that will resurface in the new one. That, and I’m adding a Siamese cat. Because let’s face it, I kind of have an Asian animal theme going on, so why not!
Today I submit my second draft of sketches for my Secret Garden Series. I love working large, which is quite an investment of time and resources, so with this project, I have slowed down to take the time to really have a strong idea of a layout before I go big. Below is a comparison. The painted images were my first attempt and their size is 8″ x 10″. My second attempts are the sketches to the left. Here I have begun to make changes to the initial ideas. The ones to the left are slightly smaller. They are 5″x7″ inches.
As you can see, I only kept two images rather the same. That means I am happy with most of these images. The other 6 sketches not so much. They now have different backgrounds and animals switched from one sketch to the next. I am currently painting these 5×7 sketches and as I do, I am synthesizing and already coming up with changes to the next concepts. I shall finish them up and then share my findings.