I love my younger brother. He’s nine, so of course, he’s in “that” stage where things that girls do and say are met with some ridicule and disdain, but praised in secret–
My ‘accomplishments’ usually pass under this filter, also. (It makes little sense to me that he should say girls aren’t as ___ as boys considering he’s been raised in a house full of females, but hey. I just try not to embarass him, fragile young ego :P)
Anyway, he has brought it to my attention that he is actually proud of me and my work. 🙂 So at the end of last week, he asked me to let him have a piece of my artwork for an auction his class was doing. Auction? At an elementary school?
My mom thought it best to give him a 16″ x 20″ koi painting and send him on his way:
Little did we know, until last night when Q explained the auction process to me, that pictures were not being sold via cash, check or credit to Austin Road Elementary School, but to individuals in the classroom who bid with Pokebucks, the chosen paper currency (literally) of Market Day.
Him: “Everyone really liked your picture, Mia. They couldn’t believe that you had done it.”
Me: “So who did they think had made it?”
Him: “They were saying, it looks like a professional’s. It’ll probably go for 300 Pokebucks.
Me: not too surprised but immediately searching for a replacement. Mom: Freaking out and apologizing repeatedly. QJ: a bit crestfallen after I tell him, “Dear, we can’t part with that painting without real money being involved.”
So. I spent last night making a new, smaller 11″ x 14″ version of the original painting, recreating it from a photo on my computer. For this one, I wanted the water to look a bit more realistic, complete with highlights, indicators of depth, and surface ripples. I also developed the details on the fish to reflect movement, by adding some individual scales and dabbing metallic paint with a sponge. I covered the entire finished image with matte gel to keep the water from being smudged and to add ripples on top of the fish.
What’s a painter without her paintbrush? An epic genius! (Well, in her head, she is.) This image was produced via my fingertips, some Q-Tips, a sponge, a fork, and a very wonky little watercolor paintbrush. You know, the synthetic plastic ones that come in Crayola watercolor sets that are incredibly stiff? This one happened to have been ruined by one of my brother’s SAGE projects and some hot glue…
WHO’S A G?!! ME! 🙂 well, I’m just resourceful. And it’s always fun to find a different way of achieving the same purpose, though I did have to cvlean the toothbrush bit more often…