When you were a kid, did you ever try to build a flying machine?
Did you want to?
Almost everyone I know has a story that involves falling from a tree, tall rock or rooftop during a failed flying experiment... But what if it had worked? If it had happened in Alabama, I suspect it would have looked something like this:
|"Alabama Flying Machine" 15x22, Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches|
Here is the process for creating "Alabama Flying Machine."
First, I organize my ideas with quick sketches in my sketchbook.
Now I draw my design on some 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper. I actually want some of these pencil lines to show, so I don't bother to draw lightly.
This is different from my other watercolor paintings. This time, I only want to pour the background. I mask out the bugs and the flying machine and pour the paint.
After removing the drawing gum, I'm ready to use paints and watercolor pencils to fill in the images.
Painting the june bugs is my favorite part. I have lots of childhood memories involving these critters.
I continue to add details...
And now I'm ready to fly!
The original of this painting is currently available for sale. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your purchase or order this image on laptop skins, shirts, travel mugs, totes or phone cases from Redbubble.