Last month in June the Virtual Paintout
gang went to Maine, USA. What a gorgeous state!
As my habit has been lately, I kept my eye out for an animal to paint. Say what?? Not one animal to be found along Route 1 in Maine.
But then... aha!! I spied this Duck in the window of the Siren Song Tattoo Parlor, in Rockland, Maine. A duck! How cool.
Here is the original location. See my little duck on the very left?
I had blast researching tattoos from the Old School, traditional American tattoo styles. Being a coastal town, I wanted to make my design fit the theme. Hence the lighthouse, compass, waves, roses, anchor, North Star symbols, etc. Those were all tattoos used in Old School tattoos from years ago. And I left some of the birch wood showing, and gave the painting a weathered "old" look, as though exposed to the salty sea air.
First some quick thumbnail sketches I did to try out some ideas:
(can click on any pics to enlarge)
After drawing out my final design and putting it onto the wood,
I lined it using an acrylic paint pen:
Ack!! The paint pen smeared when I went to seal it.
Don't know what happened; used this same technique last painting.
I stuck with it, and started the underpainting:
Here it is with the value underpainting:
And finally, it's finished. First here are the sides,
which each have their own little motif going on:
And the finished painting "Siren Song... aka Ducking In For A Tattoo"
"Siren Song aka Ducking In For A Tattoo"
8 x 8 x 1 5/8 acrylic on
cradled birch wood
Hope you enjoyed this adventure from Maine!
PS: As always, anyone is welcome to join the Virtual Paintout. It's free, it's fun, and each month you can choose to participate or not, as your schedule allows. For this month of June, the destination is Napa Valley, California, USA. I have my spot all picked out! Join me??