Last week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Jenny Grant. Her style was described as ethereal yet grungy so that was the objective of the lesson, to use her approach to layering to create an outcome that was a bit grubby and messy yet aesthetically appealing. Given my history of making mud when using more than a couple of layers, it was a challenging balance to strike.
As per normal, I deviated a little from the tutorial partly through pragmatism (I do not own all the required materials) and partly through choice (so that I can make the lesson fit my own style). The colour scheme was inspired by the top I happened to be wearing at the time but pink and turquoise seems to be a palette I keep returning to anyway. I, of course, enjoyed all the opportunities for dribbling and splattering. I think the trails of ink are my favourite element of this piece. Hopefully the close up shows that I used pearlescent paint in the hair and eyes, aiming for the sheen of those areas to counterpoint the darker areas of the painting.