This was my proposal sketch. I used a gelatin silver print by Sal Lopes entitled Brianna and Sammy for inspiration, as well as the following quote by Jennifer Jones of the Thai Children's Trust:
"Despite everything that is behind them in the past and despite the complete uncertainty of what is ahead of them in the future, children know how to immerse themselves completely in a moment of joy when the opportunity arrives. And a smile on the face of such a child lifts up my heart and teaches it to sing again."
I did a quick watercolor sketch, scanned it in, and then used a photo editing program to add the lettering, which would be added in gold leaf. I decided to work on a cradled wooden panel and allow the grain to show through as much as possible. If you decide to use these, they are not gessoed - which is what I wanted because I didn't want the typical white background - but you'll still need to use a clear gesso to seal the surface before you add paint.
Here's a shot of it in progress. I added the leafing first since it can sometimes stick to paint!
|Immersed. ©2017, 18x24" acrylic and 23.5K gold leaf on wood panel.|
I intentionally make the wording a little difficult to read - an affectation? Who knows. I like to think it makes the viewer have to look at the work longer and digest the quote and the imagery. I also haven't painted a person in who knows how long. Feels good to get back into that!
Anyway, super excited about the upcoming Feather the Nest event for Hope House Foundation at the end of the month!