Daughter of the Mantis Clan, Acrylics on Canvas

Hooray for Face Number 8, for the February 29 Faces challenge! And also Paint Party Friday, for which I am one day late – but yesterday was drawings not paintings. :)

Daughter of the Mantis Clan
5″ x 7″ Acrylics on stretched canvas

I felt a little burnt out the last couple days. I had (have!) several started canvases I didn’t like at all. Even though I knew if I worked with them eventually they would be better. Finally these crazy bug eyes appealed to me so I just kept at it.

Tons of progress pics below, including lots of very ugly intermediate steps. You just gotta keep at it! Which is what I keep saying. Thanks for stopping in! (Continued apologies for the photography and lighting omg.)

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19 thoughts on “Daughter of the Mantis Clan, Acrylics on Canvas

  1. Fran

    I know what you mean about those horrible middle stages when you do not know if it will live or die under a layer of gesso or into the trash. Good save. You buggy princess is adorable.

  2. JenHoney

    She’s so fun! I know that awkward middle stage all too well. When I want to give up on a piece I usually tell myself, “OK, I’ll put 10 more minutes into it, and if it hasn’t improved, then I can ditch it.” and most often it works out and the piece takes a turn for the better.

  3. Sunshineshelle

    Sorry I am late visiting, your faces are fabulous, if you have been feeling burnt out it doesn’t show because these are inspired, loving the colours and fanasy element too :)

  4. Susan

    Wow! You are an inspiration. I love her buggy eyes and her vivid green. Maybe a little “slump” was good for your art???

  5. Lindsaywhimsy

    Thank you for sharing your progress pics – you are so lovely! Your bug eyed princess is fantastic! :))

  6. Mom

    Those ” Bug eyes are so different! any one can feel “worn” out with all you do! Don’t be discouraged!! Mom

  7. Annabelle

    “Daughter of the Mantis Clan”….wow, perfect title for a great piece of art work. I could see her starring in Star Trek!!! Love the progress shots, interested to know where you got the app.
    “Burn out” quite a common phrase in my life, I feel it all the time…. and quite normal for someone who is always on the move : ) Take care.

    Annabelle : )

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