Imbolc, Embracing Dragons & D.S.J.

In my last post I completely forgot to mention that I also managed to paint my second painting in my series of Wiccan Sabbats. I started with Yule in December, and I finished Imbolc on February 2nd; the day of Imbolc.

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Imbolc

Imbolc marks the start of Spring, when everything starts to grow, and the sun begins to shine stronger.

The next one will be Ostara, also known as Easter.

Furthermore my Daily Sketch Journal becomes less empty every day. I just updated my D.S.J. gallery, so if you want to check all the sketches I did so far, go there or check my Instagram @saskiafrankensaers.

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Daily Sketches

Some of my last added sketches you see here. These are some of my favorites. Like the Goblin King from Labyrinth, aka David Bowie, on the sad news of his passing.

Also, my sketch of my later Imbolc painting in the middle. And I hope to create a larger version of my sketch of Alice.

Portraits are also great pastimes. I’m a big fan of the new tv show Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis. I like his devilish grin here (right bottom sketch). They couldn’t have chosen a better actor to play this part in my opinion.

But right now I’m working on a large version of Embracing Dragons. It started with my daily sketch, depicted above (middle row on the left), and after that I created a concept sketch with colored pencils.

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Embracing Dragons concept sketch

But after finishing the color sketch, I really thought ‘been there, done that’ regarding the colors. I want this painting to really pop, so the actual painting will have very different colors indeed.

Right now I’m working on the first layers of oil paint. I started with an underpainting created with acrylics.

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Embracing Dragons work in progress

This is the painting after two layers of oil paint. Many more to go. I will keep the painting in blues and whites, and only the eyes and the spikes on the dragons will be a completely different color. You get the idea.

This is a big painting. The same size as Compartmentalize, which is 60 x 70cm. So this might take a while before it’s finished.

Keep you posted!

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