I never thought I would say this but this was one of the hardest bellies I have done yet. I really like how it turned out but I reworked it several times before I was happy with it. This painting was commissioned by an old neighbor of mine for a coworker. I really hope she liked it.
Carlina messaged me about doing a Sarasota Springs, NY belly. More specifically Congress Park and the carousel. I loved the idea but I was really stumped on how to do this. I had recently learned about a xerox transfer technique on Pinterest. (I am a little obsessed with Pinterest) I found the images that I wanted and had my mom photocopy them for me at work. First you paint the canvas with a base coat and while it is still wet you press the copy to the paint and let it dry. Now mine did not turn out as clearly as the example I was going off of but I am really happy with what happened from there.
Before I go any further I should mention that Carlina's is a special order, it is only 11x14. Normally I really don't like going smaller as there is less to work with but i really don't feel like this could have been done on a larger scale.
So after it dried I had to rub away the paper using a wet cloth. I had to do this twice since the first time didn't take. This belly took MONTHS to do but it was so worth it. You can see the carousel building print but the horses ended up being a template so I got them accurate. I am really glad that it turned out the way it did.
Holly asked for poppies with a tree, so I decided to go for a folk art feel. This is the only painting so far that is considered multimedia. Meaning that it is paint on canvas with paper cut out leaves. It suited the piece perfectly! On the base of the tree I paid tribute to her little family. i just love how bright this one turned out.
Erin Heidarisafa, Artist / Owner