"I Told You There Were Fairies, Connor!" Process

I enjoyed making this painting so much, that I've wanted to share some of my process with you!

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Though I haven't taken formal painting or drawing classes, I've always been super entranced by painting step-by steps that other artists had put together. Figuring out where to go next is the hardest part in creating a work of art. It's a bit like playing chess, though honestly I wouldn't know. I lose at checkers all the time.

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It all started with a trip to Boulder, Co. While wondering in the neighborhood at the feet of the Flat Irons, I noticed a boulder in someone's yard, where someone placed a lantern. Seemed like a perfect place for fairies to live. 

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Later that night, I sketched "The Town of Troll's Back" which would serve as the inspiration for "I Told You....". 

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And blissfully I started sketching it for a large piece.....and it just wasn't going where I wanted it to go. That's OK! It's much better to restart sometimes, than keep mucking away and getting more and more frustrated. Sometimes you need a breath of fresh air. 

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So I restarted using the original idea as a lose inspiration. But now I wanted a party. More specifically a kind of woodland craic. 

Sometimes with watercolor, you're still able to see the graphite pencil underneath the paint. Here, I wanted to try something new. A Light Peach Col-Erase was used to outline the major shapes and creatures and give a little warmth to the edges. I honestly just wanted to leave it at this stage :)

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First wash of color is always nerve-wrecking! It always either makes or breaks a painting.Though I normally don't use salt, I wanted to use a little sprinkle to give the stars a little randomness.

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A little definition in the background

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A face! Painting faces in watercolor is always a bit of a challenge. Lay it wrong, and there's no going back. 

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I've always wanted red hair. 

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Some guests are coming to enjoy the music. 

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Finally getting to the troll. 

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A little detailing, and next would be uniting the elements. Then...

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Final! Hope this was fun and informative. If you have any questions or feel stuck, shoot me an email and I'll answer as best as possible. 

I'm off to join a party in the woods!