I am very fortunate that I have a constant supply of magical images floating around inside my head at any given moment.. the issue that I have is having the time to create all of them! So the images that I am drawn to most I do a little sketch of these and keep them in my image bank until the time I am ready to create my next painting.
I like to begin with a little colour composition of what I would like my painting to look like; a small 5" by 7" is usually enough. Once I am happy with the colours, the story and the overall balance of the painting I set to work on my canvas. First I sketch with a pencil, once the drawing is completed I use acrylic paint to paint in the Magical Mosaic tile grout, and then once this is complete I seal everything with a high gloss varnish. The varnish seals in the acrylic paint allowing me to paint around it in oil paint.. it also catches the light to make your painting sparkle.. and who doesn't want that right?!
The final step is to apply the oil paint inside each tile, I like to dab the paint on to create a rich texture and colour saturation, and I like to blend different colours together inside each tile so that each one is like a little painting of its own.
Each painting takes around 250 hours which is around 6-7 weeks of work.. a lot of love goes into these babies! But don't worry.. I am enjoying every single moment of the creation, and when I send my children (I mean paintings lol) out into the world their purpose is to bring you light, love and happiness.. and of course, magic!