February-9-2020-Behind the Curtain .5- L.A. James

Behind the Curtain .5

I set the goal of creating one legacy painting for each of my children, and this is my first child’s fine art piece. I’ve found this one to be very challenging, but I think I’ve said that with the other two. Somehow it is harder just because you are dealing with your children. I think it makes you more critical when you look at the painting.




We did the photo shot over a year ago, but I couldn’t figure out exactly how I wanted to create it, so I put it on the back burner to simmer.

My daughter has written a series of fiction books. She wants to publish them, but college has taken over her life, and she hasn’t been able to spend the amount of time getting them to the quality she wants for publication. Because books and writing have always been a big part of her life, I wanted to capture that with her fine art piece.

The video shows a little bit of my process. I tried to take a screenshot over the major portions of production, which was over a span of a couple of weeks. The one thing I love about capturing screenshots is you see your process differently. It’s so easy to forget where you have come from when you first start out.



The Process

I am asked how I create my art, and I always have to start with the preface it depends.

Some aspects of my art are created digitally.

Some aspects are painted on a canvas, and I scan in that image to add to my digital work.

Some aspects are created in Illustrator, and I bring that piece into a work.

Some aspects are painted in Photoshop.

Some aspects are painted in Corel Painter.

Some aspects are created with traditional pastels.

Some aspects are created with oil paints.

Some aspects are created with acrylic paint.

Some art pieces are a combination of a few of these techniques.

Some art pieces are a combination of all of these techniques.

I think this might be a new sense of the word Mixed Media, but I enjoy it all.

If you liked this, you might like seeing how I created another one of my children’s fine art pieces. You can find that here:

You might also like another behind the scenes video, which you can find here:



If you have any other questions, please post them below, and I will gladly answer them.

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