Friday, January 28, 2011

"My Chinese Mudmen" - day #5 - Finished!

Hi!  Well, I completed the illustration of "My Chinese Mudmen" and now have it listed for sale in My Etsy Shop as an 8"x10" art print as well as an ACEO open edition art print (2.5"x3.5").

After I had finished working on it yesterday, I spent a relaxing evening and watched a good movie after which I snuggled into bed for a good night's rest.  At 4 AM I woke up, made a photo-copy of the original and tried out an idea that had come to me during the night and woke me up!  All day I had been stewing around about the sky, had tried out a few ideas (again on a photo-copy) and wasn't really pleased with any of them.  But now I had a grand idea and just had to try it out - make the entire sky black!  So, from 4 AM to 5 AM I spent time on the front room couch with Danny Boy (my miniature pinscher) by my side and filled in the sky with a black permanent ink pen.  When finished, I liked what I saw ... but, I wasn't sure, so I sat it up on a small easel and fell promptly back to sleep.

I woke this morning and asked my husband what he thought about the black sky, he loved it!  So today I blacked out the sky on the original and finished up with small details here and there.  I am especially pleased with the way my little turtle turned out.  Not too sure about the frog, he looks more like a lizard ... I guess he can be whatever the viewer wants him to be!

I am very proud to present to you now,  "My Chinese Mudmen" .....

Take care and God bless!
Karen Anne aka Ireland Brady


  1. WOW!!!! I LOVE it!! And, I LOVE the frog!! Isn't it funny when something is on your mind, especially your art, you have to do it at that time! I find when that happens to me, everything comes together, like how it happened to you Karen Anne ;o)

  2. Thanks Stacey ... yeah it is funny when that happens ... and if you don't do it right away ... a lot of times you forget too!

  3. Gorgeous! This turned out perfect and the black sky is a WOW.

  4. I love what you did with the sky aslo. And the frog, to me he looks like a frog. I love your turtle too. Congrats on such a beautiful piece of work!

  5. Hi Marlene and Pam ... so happy you like the sky as well! Thank you both for your generous compliments .....

  6. Out of all your artwork, I have to say the "Chinese Mudmen" is my favorite. I love the story you tell about how they came into your life.

    1. I really like those little guys ... it was a fun drawing to work on! I'm really happy to hear it is your favorite GeminiDolly!


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