Lenten Project: Day 5: Finished Drawing

maryWelcome to my One Painting in Forty Days project. I haven’t been blogging every day, but I have been spending time on this every day.

Welp. I got the drawing finished much more quickly than I anticipated. Hooray!

Drawing on wood wasn’t really as daunting as I thought it would be.

I kinda messed up though. I should have gesso’d the wood panel first. Everything I’m reading on the internet says that acrylic gesso would be fine. Although, I’m slightly concerned about the long term longevity of the painting (I would like this to last several generations if at all possible).

I’m starting to think it might be worth its time to hide a record of all materials used within the painting, but maybe I’m just crazy.

Anyway. This was really fun to draw. I followed the natural pattern of the wood grain on the panel, I was a little concerned about how I would make the effect of Mary actually being part of the wood, but the design just came naturally. Also. Anyone recognize the mountain in the background?

In several religious paintings I’ve seen, it’s customary for the artist to put a piece of home in the painting. There’s even a stained glass window in my church of the May Crowning with Mt. Hood and the Convention center.


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