Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Little Legends

The following paintings are examples completed many years ago.  When my children were little I did some freelancing while they were napping or in school.  One of my projects included painting portraits of little girls as princesses in this series I called Little Legends.  I advertized in local papers (wasn't on the internet then) and in school and church news letters.

And the orders actually started coming in, I was so excited.  I worked out each illustration, transferred the line drawing and painted, adding the face from a photo sent of each girl.  The problem came with the repetitive nature of the series.  Painting these illustrations over and over again became too boring.  And reproducing full color illustrations was just not workable.  So I closed up shop on this endevor and went on to something else.  But the great thing I did get out of it was these paintings of my then six year old daughter in princess mode.  She was a great little model!

Each painting below measures 12' x 12" in Acrylic
© Carmella Tuliszewski

Friday, July 20, 2012


I have not painted roses since my Hallmark days. So my start on this was slightly hesitant but hopeful.
I loved the combination of the hard grapevine reeds and the ultra softness of the flowers. The coloring on yellow roses is tricky because the shadows are everywhere from golden yellows to olive greens.

I worked out the shadows with a lot of glazing and scrubbing out for highlights.  And the pragmatic painted that I am, I will admit to a touch of white for the highlights on the grapvine.  

from the Flower Feast Series
Watercolor,  12" x 18"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

I'm pretty happy with the way this series is coming together.  I hope they will make beautiful prints and notecards that people might like to buy.  As much as I absolutely love painting flowers, I will take a break for the next work because I have a really interesting still life set up ready to go. 
A really good and productive summer so far!
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