Now that my parents have opened their gifts, I can post this blog about how I made them. I couldn’t before, because Mom reads the blog. (Hi Mom!)
I had two matching 4×4 picture frames to start with. I decided to paint a matching scene on each, but one would be a day time scene, and one a night time scene. I traced the glass and drew a simple scene to fit the size, made two photocopies of the drawing, and then taped the drawings to the glass to use as my guide.
I painted the two scenes simultaneously – side by side. Since I was painting directly on the glass, I painted them in reverse, with the highlights and foreground painted first.
I did all of this on the floor of my bedroom. It was a lot of fun, but at times it was hard to be patient while I waited for the paint to dry. Oh, and about the paint, it’s acrylic.
Finally I got to tackle the sun and moon which really set the two apart.
These pictures aren’t the absolute greatest, because I took them with my phone. I still need to get a new camera.
I filled in the last of the sun and moon, and the finished off the trees and mountains, too.
Lastly, I filled in the sky for the background. I decided to make the night sky purple so that the scene would stand out. Makes sense, really if there’s a full moon, right?
Then I had to let them dry over night. This was the tense part, because I couldn’t really see how they turned out. The view from the front was covered by the drawing, and all I could see from the painted side was the last coat. I didn’t want to take the guides off until it was dry, because I was worried that I would smear the paint.
The next morning I carefully removed the drawings and tape to reveal the paintings and placed them in their frames.
Even my art student housemate was impressed, so I must have done something right. Mom and Dad liked them very much, and said they’re planning on hanging them together somewhere in the house.
I’m an artistic genius, it seems.