Backward Glance © 2012 by Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 inches • acrylic on GessobordTM
private collection • Poway, California
Remember this pencil sketch I did a while back?
Well, today I decided it was high time I made into a painting. Here’s Bailey, lying on a patterned cushion with a brightly colored pop-art style pillow behind. I purposely left thick outlines around her to keep more of a pop-art illustration-y type feeling for the whole painting.
I start by adding a few highlights, like on the tip of her nose ...
Last, I did the background fabrics. Don’t let patterned fabrics intimidate you. Remember, just a suggestion of the pattern is enough. I painted in the olive green of the cushion very loosely to let the underpainting show through a lot here ... it helps keep things lively!