Let me introduce you to "Fang". Don't let looks deceive you, he is more vicious than he looks! My son's Venus Flytrap plant was the inspiration for this painting. It made me think how nature uses different ways to lure its prey. As in nature, we are also enticed and tempted by lots of different things that surround us from day to day.
Initial sketch on hot pressed 140 lb watercolour paper.
Blocking in colours and getting some detail into the skin with acrylics and caran d'ache II watersoluble crayons.
Working on the horsefly and foreground details, also a little graphite pencil here and there for added definition.
I am not overly happy with the background colour and the hair looking a bit too much like spaghetti!
Close up of horsefly and spider.
Finished artwork, I decided to change the background to soft shades and tones of purple and soften the hair up.
Join me on my next blog post where I will be sharing with you an artwork that shows what vice lures me in. As not to miss this, enter your email in the subscribe box to get free blog updates, or even grab my cute button!
Anyhoo! I hope you have enjoyed my first blog post, comments are welcome and encouraged. Thanks!
Wooohooo. Your work is so beautiful Serena! Congrats on your first blog post and I think I might be the first comment, yayyy! :DDReplyDelete
Thanks so much Tam, you truly have been a great influence and mentor. The blog has been a while in the making but I got there in the end!xReplyDelete
Serena I love this piece :) it's so ethereally captivating, I love the look in her eye, just like we get when we eye up something we really know we shouldn't be eyeing up but can't help ourselves. And I loved reading your first blog post of many to come xxx Oh, I'm grabbing your button for my blog to make sure I come back and that I drag others back here with me ;) xReplyDelete
Aww thank you, your support and lovely comments means so much to me. The piece went through many different phases as you can see, but I am really happy with the way it turned out. Yes hopefully the start of many posts to come! It's great to have the blog up and running.xDelete
Fantastic! Great to have you on board.xDelete
Serena, congratulations on your first post!ReplyDelete
I LOVE the details in Fatal Attraction, a mini horse with butterfly wings! How great is that! And it's lovely to see your photo!
Thanks Lucy, finally!! haha! I am afraid I am one of those people that hates getting their photo taken.xDelete
Well, you shouldn't Serena, because you're a stunning girl!Delete
Well done you, great blog. I hope mine looks as good - I am working feverishly on it as we speak !!ReplyDelete
I have the same issues with photos of myself, although you look lovely - its good to see who is the face behind all the LifeBook posts :-)
I definitely have a face for radio though (lol) , but i guess i am going to have to do it. Looking forward to your next blog entries - One problem though , there is nothing to press on the subscribe button.
Fantastic job anyway x
Thanks Steve, I will look forward to your blog also. The about me pic was taken three days ago. I know they say it's nice to see the face behind the posts, so I had to give in haha! I am concerned you can't press on the subscribe button. I will try and see what is going on there. Did somebody say this was simple!Delete
You know how much I love your art hon♥ and your blog is amaaazing, good luck!ReplyDelete
Love and light♥
Thanks for those lovely words Guadalupe.Love and light back.xDelete
gorgeous!! so happy you are blogging :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Stephanie, really appreciate it!xDelete
Woo hoo!! Congrats Serena! The "horsefly" is so adorable!!! I've always been such a huge fan of your art so I am thrilled to be able to see these WIP and look forward to your next post xxReplyDelete
Thanks Dana, I was trying to think of what else is trapped by the venus flytrap plant. I thought of a fly, then suddenly a horsefly! but paint the whimsical version of that. The blog was in the back of my mind for a while, I was finally persuaded to take the plunge! Small steps at the moment. Even with the art it is a constant learning process but one I am enjoying.xDelete
hehehe, 'horsefly', I love that name! When I saw the wings I thought of a unicorn, but of course, it doesn't have a horn, so you got the name right!Delete
I love your artwork, and am so happy to see your new blog, keep up the good work!ReplyDelete
Thanks Nicole, I am very grateful for all the love and support.xDelete
I love your work Serena. Congrats on your first blog post. Can't wait to read more.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lesa for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed it, hopefully lots more to come.xDelete
Amazing piece!! and how I enjoy all the stages :) Love the soft violett background and her hair (don´t think at spaghetti, when seeing it ;) ♥ ConnyReplyDelete
Thanks Pia, I was hoping I had the balance right of enough information and images.xDelete
Thank you TJ' nice of you to stop by.xDelete
Wow...beautiful is not the right word for this amazing painting.....I love it !ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Art Expression, I really appreciate your lovely comments.xDelete
Definitely, this blog is on my favourites because never seen any beauty like this... Sensual and angelical beings in an incredible balance of perfection... Pure Art,indeed. I signed up Life Booke 2013 but as never knew how to draw a flie, my journey have been so long...ReplyDelete
Serena, sorry my comment above, i wrote on portuguese. The right one:ReplyDelete
Definitely this blog is on my favorites, because I never saw such beauties ... Sensual and angelic beings in an incredible balance of perfection ... Pure art, in fact. I signed Life Book 2013 without knowing how to draw a flie, my journey has been so long ...
Thanks Rosa, you are so sweet.xDelete
She is beautiful!!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen, much appreciated.xDelete
Oh Serena! I yet have to read the comments here, but could not resist to post one first!ReplyDelete
What an incredible painting, the first thing I saw was that face, and it reminded me of why I always loved your art so much, your faces are put of this world!
And then I scrolled down and saw the rest, great imagination!
But please, don't let that sweet and cute unicorn fall into the flesh eating plant!
Aww thanks Marta, I am so grateful for all the love and support.xDelete