The hardest thing on this painting was coming up with an idea. I had planned to paint on Super Bowl Sunday while my husband watched the game. I started by picking a frame then painted an 11X14 canvas board black. Next I started to think about what I would paint but was totally brain dead so went on Facebook and asked my friends for ideas. I couldn't believe how many ideas were given to me but nothing quite appealed to me so I gave up on painting that evening and just played games on the computer and watched some of the game.
The next morning I woke up with an idea (I do my best thinking in the morning). I decided to do a doe and her fawn similar the the mare and foal painting I have done in the past. I spent maybe 20 minutes doing online research on deer and looked at images of both does and fawns and started to get an idea of what I wanted the painting to look like. I was going to start on the painting that morning but when I checked my email I had a commission for two domino train stations from a lady from DE. So I put the painting on hold for a few days until I completed the commissioned job.
By Wednesday I was ready to do the painting. I started by doing the preliminary drawing on tracing paper. I also decided I wanted a brown border so painted it on the canvas that morning.
Here is the sketch.
I did the final work on the painting this morning by applying 3 coats of polycrylic. This helps to protect the paint and also helps to make the colors "POP". I use Minwax satin polycrylic. After the protective coats were dry I framed the painting. Total time I spent on creating this painting is around 10 hours. If you scroll up to the top of this page you can take another look at the finished painting.
I enjoy painting and to make it even more fun I listen to audio books while I paint. I have always been a book lover so now I can do two things I love at the same time...Reading and Painting! On Wednesday I finished listening to "a Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler which I had started earlier in the week and yesterday I started "The Cinderella Murder" by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I got through four discs and still have 3 to go. That means I will have to start another painting project so I can finish my book. Not sure what I will do next but am thinking maybe a functional item like a bowl. I painted many of them when I lived in Tucson but they all had a southwest subject. I will have to come up with a new idea that will appeal to the Michigan art lover.