Summer Sun Girl

Is it too early to start thinking about Summer?  Living in Phoenix I really don’t want to think about Summer, but this Summer Sun Girl canvas is an exception.  She is the last in a seasonal series for a very special client.  The other seasons have already found their way home and you can take a look at each of them here.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

I always start with a layer of gesso on my canvases, but this time I decided to add stencils to the process.  You can see here they added just a little dimension to the first background layer.  I used the Repeating Pods stencil on the top portion of the canvas.Summer Sun Girl original canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

And Striped Flower Circle for the bottom section to get the feel of a garden setting.

Summer Sun Girl original canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

 I love the details and dimension it shows once paint is added…

Summer Sun Girl original canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Next, I start adding layer after layer… I imagine a Summer garden with bright flowers against a brick wall, under a blue sky.  The Tuscan Wall stencil is one of my favorites for creating a brick wall with ivy growing on it.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Then, the girl emerges.  I think she will be a Summer fairy with lavender wings.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Her soft lavender eyes were created with a mix of acrylic and watercolor.  The wings were doodled with black India Ink and a Calligraphy Nib.  It’s my first time using this nib and I learned that having a light, flexible hand is crucial.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Crackle paste mixed with acrylic paint is one of my favorite ways to create a sun.  To emphasize the cracks I always rub in some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Summer always reminds me of the blue skies, the green grass, the vibrant flowers and all the mushrooms from the Spring rains.

Summer Sun Girl created by www.carmenwhitehead.com

I really enjoyed creating this seasons series and I’m sure they’ll be happy in their new home.  I’ve got another custom canvas I’m working on for an 8 year old little girl.  I’ll be sharing that very soon!

 

Blessings,

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2 thoughts on “Summer Sun Girl

  1. Amanda Stuedemann says:

    Thank you so much! I especially like that you made her a fairy. I guess in a way all four season pieces are fae. 🙂 Amanda

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