Buddha Painting
This Buddha painting is my donation piece for this year's Cheers and Beers fundraiser event for the 2013 Beaufort Music Festival.  I love the Cheers and Beers event and, of course, the Beaufort Music Festival, and I'm always happy to donate to this fundraiser.

The process of painting this painting was a really fun. It was just play and experimentation. I just let myself have fun with practicing some new techniques I learned in mixing and blending metallic paints from one of Julie Prichard's online painting classes on her website, The Land of Lost Luggage.  I've always loved using metallic paints and gold leaf in my work, so I really enjoyed exploring other ways to incorporate these into my paintings.

This painting started out with just some scrubbed on paint, a simple outline of the face, some basic shading and some pattern stamping - just to get it rolling. (See below)

initial layer, way more layers to go!!
I kept layering and layering paint on top of the initial painting above, trying to hone in on what I hoped would eventually be a pleasing Buddha face.  In between each attempt at getting the facial features closer to what I wanted, I took a brayer and some metallic paint and covered about half of the canvas up (randomly) with the paint on the brayer. Then, after that layer dried, I painted another face on top of that, using what I could see left of the face beneath the brayered layer as my guide.  My various brayer layers were gold, copper and micaceous iron oxide.  I used the micaceous iron oxide and some acrylic grounds for pastels to give the painting a really "gritty" texture.  (I wish I had taken more photos of this painting journey to show you! - Next time!)

All this layering provided some nice depth and interest.  There were various areas of copper paint showing through at the end, which ended up being a nice contrast to the overall painting, so I chose to add tiny bits of copper leaf as a finishing touch.  I am looking forward to using more of Julie Prichard's tips and tricks with metallic paints on some future projects.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about my painting process in the painting of this painting.  Thanks for checking in!

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection " ~ Buddha
Buddha Painting using "tape painting method"
I just love this Buddha painting! The folks who follow me on facebook have seen the not-quite-finished version of this Buddha painting before but I wanted to show the finished version here with a "mini tutorial" to show how I painted it.

I recently took a great painting class with an amazing area artist, Michael Rhinehardt, who shared a fun technique called "tape painting."  Here is the painting that I completed in his class:
Abstract tape painting
The basic process of tape painting is to put down a layer of paint and cover the most appealing areas with masking tape - then continue layering paint and taping, layering paint and taping - for many, many layers.  When you think you are done, you paint the last layer either white or black (for contrast), then pull off all of the tape to reveal all the interesting parts perserved by all the tape.

It was really a fun, fun process and I wanted to see if I could, with a little thought, create a colorful, abstract Buddha using this method.  

This particular canvas was first primed with a thick layer of gesso and I then craved out some fun groove patterns and swirls into the wet gesso for some interesting texture. For the first layer of paint, I put a thin wash of light colors and put masking tape down where I wanted some facial features - as seen below.
The next few steps were adding more layers of paint and texture with a little more strategic taping - mostly so I would be able to find the Buddha's face when I was done.
That was about all the strategy involved and then it was just all about having fun with layering color, stamping circles, slinging paint and taping between each layer.
After about 20 layers (or more) of painting and taping, I painted the whole canvas black and then began pulling off all of the tape, as seen in the next photo.
This next photo shows what it looked like after all the tape was removed.
Next, I started filling in some detailed shapes and features onto the Buddha face.
Again, here is the final painting.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the process!  This particular painting is going to be shipped to it's new home in Nashville, TN, but I have 2 similar tape painted Buddhas that will be posted for sale in one of my local venues here in Beaufort, or in my online store very soon!
Buddha Painting