Get two artists together for conversation and you just don't know what might come up. The other day over lunch I was asked, by a fellow artist, if I was using stencils on my current painting of Mamie Gregory. She was looking at the lizards climbing up the canvas, the butterflies flitting around. Answer: Yes.
Detail of lizards and butterflies.
I realized this might not occur to everyone, so I thought you might like to see the stencils I created. Each was hand drawn, cut out of heavy paper, placed against the canvas, traced around with pencil. After the outline was in place I painted around the image and then later filled in the image.
Paper cut outs used as stencils.
After painting around the outside of the stenciled image.
After the stenciled images of butterflies and lizards were painted in.
What the painting looks like today.
There is more work to be done to bring this painting to completion, but Mamie Gregory aka Madame Butterfly is almost ready to join the gallery of Indian Women Portraits on my web site.
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