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Mimi’s Unicorn Ear Muffs

Mimi and Unicorn Ear Muffs, oil painting
Mimi and the Unicorn Ear Muffs, oil on Arches Oil paper, 13×11″

Mimi’s outfit and funny posture in the photo below were what attracted me to paint this. She is such an adorable little person.

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Just go make an ugly painting

Green Peppers and Green Lemon, oil on Arches Oil Paper
Green Peppers and Green Lemon, oil on Arches Oil Paper, 10×8ā€

In quarantine I started getting groceries delivered instead of risking going into stores. So when I ordered red peppers and received green ones, which I hate, I decided to paint them instead.

Setup and beginning of still life painting of green peppers
Setup and beginning of still life painting of green peppers

I was feeling anxious and exhausted and afraid Iā€™d just make something ugly if I tried to paint so I gave myself permission to just go make an ugly painting. I even intentionally made it uglier by shining a warm light on the still life, which muddied the bright greens and yellows.

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Art Faces Oil Painting People Portrait

Emi

Emi, oil on Arches Oil Paper, 10 x 7.5"
Emi, oil on Arches Oil Paper, 10 x 7.5″

This commissioned portrait of a darling little girl was really fun to paint but had some challenges, like trying to invent the pajamas hidden by the highchair straps. It took several drawings (including one of a baby skull I found on Google) before I was ready to move ahead with the painting as you can see in the process steps below.

Emi’s face was actually easier to paint than the pajamas, and I was tempted to keep working on them, probably forever, but the friend who commissioned the painting was happy with it as is, so I am too.

Below is some of the work in progress steps. Please note that the lighting changed the colors in some of the photos.