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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Believing

Hello Fellow Blog Friends!

The word of my trading ways has been spreading, it seems....this time to beautiful New Zealand!

I was introduced to dear Joyce van der Lely during the OWOH event...funny that we've never met before, since we've now seen how many mutual circles we travel in...haha!  Lucky for me, she invited me to do a swap with her...

She named a few favorite pieces of mine...saying that Jewel of the Forest (the uni on the sidebar), was by far the leader....since he has gone to live in the UK and settling in quite nicely there, I might add....I decided to paint something special...just for her :o)

I don't usually spend a lot of time sketching in advance, but this being just my 2nd unicorn, I wanted to practice a bit...

I chose a prepared canvas (when I say prepared, I mean that I paint the canvas, then layer with patterned papers, then paint again...to obtain my working surface) and sketched out my design.  Something new I tried this time was outlining in prismacolor pencil before painting...I usually just use pencil lines as a guide.

I stamped the background and tried the "drip" method...both new techniques to me, as well!

I layered acrylics and prismacolors and oil pastels to create him....

...and used irridescent medium on his magical horn...

I decided to make his eyes blue.  I'm so glad I did! They are my absolute favorite part of the painting!!

I've named this piece "Believe"
8x10 on canvas

I'm just so pleased with this elegant creature...I truly hope you love him, Joyce!  Thank you for letting me introduce him to you, and everyone else, right here...right now...heehee!

I've put him in the Print Shop just in case his eyes have captured you too :) 

All my best,
Cameron

17 comments:

Hybrid J said...

OMG, I'm loving this unicorn of yours. He's such a majestic animal. Oh, and his eyes make my heart melt!

Good luck with the 21 Secrets class and I'm sure you'll have load of fun with all the teachers.

Yeap, I'll be posting some sketches later today. Thanks for being such eager audience / view! :)

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

What a lovely fellow! Sorry I haven't sent your giveaway winnings yet, this week has been a bit crazy. I will mail it this weekend I promise!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Oh I cannot wait until he comes home, I am in love ♥♥♥
Thank you so much for making him for me, I feel very special now
Thanks xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
♥J

Micki Wilde said...

Cam he's adorable, who wouldn't love him? Anyone would be proud to own this beauty :)

Louise said...

My daughter rides a cremello pony which means he's white with blue eyes. He's always seemed special because of his eyes just like your wonderful unicorn - amazing that he's only your second.
And thanks for the details you gave on the background - I am starting to experiment with backgrounds myself so any inspiration is appreciated.

the enchanted pumpkin said...

what a beautiful unicorn!

Diane said...

Cameron!! Beautiful!! I know Joyce and she is such an awesome artist--and this reminds me of her--have you seen her latest post?--very cool!

EVA said...

He turned out magnificently Cameron and what perfect words!!

Wow!

Have you heard about our party? Want to play (since I know you love to paint...)?
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com/

Kathy said...

Cameron, you're eyes just keep getting better and better. Well, not YOUR eyes although I'm sure they are quite nice.. oh .. you know what I mean. He's got beautiful eyes. I love this picture. And you know that I really like the way you incorporate words in the background. This is stunning! Cheers - Kathy

pinkglitterfae said...

he is awesome! I know Joyce will be so thrilled to get him in person.
Are you two close enough to meet? I think it's wonderful to have art friends in your own community. I have none, but thank goodness for all my friends world wide :-)

Fair Rosamund said...

He is so gorgeous, and the eyes are stunning!! :) ~Lauren

Deedra said...

This is sooooooooooooo beautiful!!! You make me want to paint a unicorn!! I've never done one before, but I'm feeling inspired!! I'm also popping in to let you know that I've made a post about your gorgeous mermaid :) Come by and check it out!!

XO

Dee

Cindy Adkins said...

OMG, this is gorgeous, Cameron!!! Totally amazing!!!
XO

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Cameron! He is JUST amazing!!!! Don't you just love iridescent medium - don't know how I ever lived without it! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!! Theresa

Carmen said...

He is just stunning, the eyes are definitely captivating.

I'll have to remember that technique for preparing a canvas - I just started using them and I don't like the surface - your way sounds much better!

The drip effect is one of my favourites *g*

Incipient Wings said...

you are just awesome!

Tammie said...

this piece is gorgeous. I love that you shared your process with it and I must agree, a wonderful eye!

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