Sunday, 28 January 2018

Fairy Forest in the morning mist

A new mini painting from a full size tutorial on YouTube. 

It's surprising uncomplicated to replicate a 1:1 painting into mini size.  I've called this one "Dawn in the Fairy Forest" because it's a gift for a friend who showed me an unsolicited mini kindness. 


The Youtube Channel I painted this one from is called Acrylic Painting Techniques. Great Channel! I don't know the name of the artist because he doesn't identify himself, but he does a lot of these colourful/whimsical/slightly fantasy type paintings that seem appropriate to a fairy house which is what my friend is building.

Here's a bit more of a close up of the detail. Quite chuffed with this one. :D I hope she likes it.



18 comments:

  1. Lovely! I bet your friend will be delighted with this beautiful painting!

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  2. Just beautiful! I'm certain your friend will love it for the fairy house!

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    1. Thanks Sheila.. I hope it suits what she has planned. :)

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  3. Wow! That's a beautiful painting!

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  4. So beautiful! I'm sure that your friend will be over the moon with this lovely painting!
    Greetings, Ilona

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    1. Thanks Ilona. I hope she loves it. We shall see soon. :)

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  5. Wow! This scene is just so beautifully inspiring Sam! I love the textures, the light coming through the trees, the varied colors in the bark and the leaves, the beautiful carpet of flowers. Just WOW! The recipient will surely treasure this amazing gift!
    I imagine you'll be coming back from your trip with loads of desert southwest winter inspiration, too! Can't wait to see more of your incredible work - We are in for a treat!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I do like how the trees turned out. The bark on the large tree was a partial happy accident. I mucked it up first go round and I tried to wipe it off while it was still wet. It didn't go so well.. lol.. But! It left a great texture behind which I added to to get the colour variation. If I hadn't made the error I'm sure the outcome would have been different and probably not as good. :) I hope to come back with lots of inspiration for paintings. Snow capped mountains make me happy. :)

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  6. That’s great Sam! Maybe you have found your true mini calling?? I think your friend will be very happy with the painting.

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    1. Thanks Shannon :) Well it's nice to find something mini that I seem to have a natural affinity for.. and that people seem to want. I've had quite a few commissions/requests already.. lol. Go figure, but it makes me happy to see them go into peoples dollhouses. :)

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  7. Hello Sam,
    This is incredible. Your technique is fantastic. I love the colors and you have included every detail...down to the last shadow. It is exquisite!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I feel like I'm getting better and changing to the watercolour paper really changed the way the paint sits and gave the painting a completely different feel to canvas. I like both but it was good to experiment and see what the outcome was. I tried really hard to capture those shadows so I'm glad they have translated well. :D

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  8. I love these paintings you've been doing. I will have to check out that link. :D

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    1. Thanks Brae! You should definitely try some out. Honestly if you can follow a recipe, you can paint from these tutorials. It's surprisingly easy. There is an ugly stage mid painting where you wonder where on earth it is going and want to scrap the whole thing.. lol.. It is a lesson in patience and perseverance which I know you have bucket loads of. So it will be a walk in the park! :D

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  9. Very well done! You are getting better and better at it.

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    1. Thanks Megan. I feel like I am getting better. I'm trying anyway, and it's a bunch of fun (most of the time.. lol) so we shall see where it leads me. :) I have friends who paint in 1:1 and they are urging me to paint a "real" size one.. I told them I'm too scared, and I like my mini ones anyway. One said "you know it's much harder to paint that size, right?" How would I know? I've never tried a larger one.. lol

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