I've been working on a new piece for the last week and, since my most asked question is about how I make my paintings, I thought I'd share my process with you thus far.
Inspiration for my paintings comes from all kinds of things. Sometimes inspiration comes from a joke or some bit of irony I've noticed. Sometimes it comes from other art - in this case, from some song lyrics by Neil Peart. (Specifically, the first line - "I've got my own moral compass to steer by.")
I started working out the image of my "moral compass" using one of my favorite subjects, an anatomical heart.
|First attempt (graphite and soft pastels) with song lyrics are on the left side for easy reference|
|Sketch #2 (graphite). I like the compass better, but it overwhelmed the heart|
|Sketch #3 (graphite, soft pastel and charcoal) was almost what I wanted.|
I decided to add the central circle from the compass back in to the final drawing
|Final idea freehanded (with a lot of measurements and a straight edge)|
in graphite onto a 20x24" cradled wood panel
|Cereus (cactus) flower inspired by lyric|
"Like a flower in the desert that only blooms at night / I will quietly resist"
|Woodburned outlines on wood panel|
|First layer of color on the heart, flowers and background|
|Some shading on the heart; compass points with background colors|
and gold/silver/copper leaf being applied
|More shading done on the heart and flowers; gold/silver/copper leaf applied and sealed|
In the meantime, for those of you who are interested, here is the inspiration song, Faithless, by Rush.
Krissi Sandvik is the artist and owner of Krissi's Art Studio, home of Skelekitty and Friends in Folsom (yes, like the prison) California, where she resides with her husband, cats, tortoise and Jack Russell Terrier, Abby. Krissi, who claims she was raised by feral attorneys, has been unofficially named "best tutorialer on the web" by her friend Rachelle Rose. Oh yeah, and she likes to drive fast.