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Maria McKee Acrylic Painting WIP 4

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Layer by layer (:

… do have to say, it is very hard to photograph physical paintings, and the actual painting looks way better than this, far richer, the tone more nuanced.


Aloy So Far…

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I have lost momentum with Aloy, and may never finish her. This is as far as I got with her. I’m pretty happy with her as she is, I’ve certainly captured her awesome, indomitable, warrior persona (:

All my creativity is going into Maria at the moment, on whom I have done 6 hours work, so far. Because she is my first physical painting in four years, I keep forgetting to clean my palette/brushes! I also tend not to push things as far as I should while the paint is still wet… something easily fixed digitally, painfully not easily fixed physically! The biggest difference between digital & physical painting is not about the actual paint/surface, which are remarkably similar, but it is this: you need to be brave when painting physically, you need to commit yourself, not play it safe, otherwise you don’t get the results you want, and you often get results you didn’t want!


Acquisition List 2

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As I seldom say no to Seraphim, I let her go back to the Raglan Shire Artwalk and buy the more expensive works she wanted for the gallery…

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… somehow, this buying trip also included a visit to┬áThe Dark Style Fair, where Seri had her hair done, amongst other things…

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… can’t say I mind, though (:


Acquisition List

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Seraphim went to the Raglan Shire Artwalk for the first time, today. She presented me with a list of the great art she hopes to purchase for the gallery. Some were very reasonably priced, and the portrait on the right was free, which we thought was amazing, as it is one of the best SL portraits we’ve ever seen, it is by Sparkie Cyberstar Ingersoll, who has a fabulous name. I let Seri buy the more affordable ones, and we’ll have a think about when to get the more expensive ones.

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Physical Painting Update 3

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Maria continues to develop… this is about 5 hours of work from the start. This (the one on the right) is the first time I’ve bothered to take the canvas somewhere I can get a decent photo of it, hence the constantly changing values of these updates, but this one is what the colour actually is. The way I paint black & white is very slow… I seldom mix the paint, even on the canvas, I apply ever thinner layers of black and white, probably, eventually, only microns thick… so thin I can accidentally wipe it off if I apply the next layer too soon. This technique gives me shades of black & white you don’t get when you blend it… I guess it’s sharper/more monochrome. You can see, on her jacket, and on her nose, I’ve actually blended the black & white and have grey, but, on most of her face, I have not, and there is no ‘grey’, as such… don’t know why I blended the colours, rusty, I guess, because, now, it’s going to take ages to get them looking consistent with the non-blended stuff. Still, loving doing this, and she is definitely getting there (:


At The Gallery

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Seraphim has recently had two lovely visitors at the gallery…

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… first was the enigmatic Pearl Grey, Seri’s oldest SL friend, who is an SL blogger, and who has done several posts, over the years, about Placebo Gallery, much to Seri’s delight. Pearl had not visited the gallery for a while, and had come to take some pictures for another post about the gallery! That post was very sweet, and Seri loved it. As a result of that post, Seri got her second visitor…

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… CybeleMoon, who had seen Pearl’s post, and come to check the gallery out. Seri and Cybele hit it off almost straight away, Cybele being not only charming, but an artist herself. Seraphim now has two gorgeous works by CybeleMoon in the gallery (:

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A brief Introduction to Alice

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This is my fabulous Alice… she is Creaturina’s sweetheart (:

As I explained in A Brief Introduction to Creaturina, I was told my Creaturina story had no story arc, because Creaturina was indestructible/had no weakness. To give Creatuie a story arc, I introduced Alice, whom Creatuie loves as only Creatuie, who does everything with implacable totality, can love. Please note the scars on Alice’s midriff, these are how she met Creatuie.

I originally developed my Alice as part of an illustration assignment, where I had to create a book cover, for which I chose Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…

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… she was my first digital painting, done using a mouse. I really liked her, and developed her further, and lots darker. In the next painting, you’ll see she has not only beheaded the White Rabbit, she’s stolen his watch, and is using his scalp for a hat… this was my first PsychoAlice/BadAlice

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… PshychoAlice developed into Lady Alice…

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… the child of incestuous British aristocracy, a stone killer, a brutal psychopath who, by seventeen, had mastered all known fighting arts, and entertained herself by, as well as shooting her schoolfriends, going to the seediest seamen’s bars, and beating all the hapless seamen to death, she was also into cage fighting, at which she was, of course, undefeated. When she turned eighteen, Alice set out to travel late nineteenth century Europe. Just outside Lithuania, her luck ran out. This was, however, a good thing.

Alice and Creatuie have now been together for over 100 years, they are inseparable, and love each other more as time goes by. Alice bares her scars with fierce pride, because they are how she met her fabulous, fearsome warrior partner. Alice is not indestructible, Creaturina’s love for her is Creatuie’s weakness because Creaturina is not indestructible, either, but no-one knows that… yet.