Ya'll know how I love to paint. I am a pretty prolific painter and I always see things and think I want to paint that.
Years ago (must have been at least 15 or so) I saw a painting of the Holy Family in a china painting magazine and tore it out. I have had it for years thinking one day I'm going to paint that. Well the day has come. LOL.
I'm not crazy about portrait painting...skin tones, etc. Oh and how I hate clothing folds...I struggle with it but it's like landscapes I hate to paint them and I think I suck at it but I make myself do it. You can't paint all the cutesy stuff forever and you can't grow as an artist if you don't push yourself.
Soon after I started it, I could see that this piece was going to take many paintings and kiln fires. The whole time I'm praying to the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph & Infant Jesus! I need big time help!
In this photo I was just starting the 2nd fire (painting) process. I was working in the face area (where the colors were being darkened). You can see the rest of the plate is very light, that was the first fire area. Yesterday I finished working on the 2nd fire painting and it's in the kiln now. It looks much better. Things are more defined and taking shape, however, it's got a very long way to go and the background....well to get the depth of color I want...more fires. When I get it out of the kiln I'll take another photo of it...so stay tuned folks.