January 10, 2016

Did You Come About The Crack In My Wall? – Day 7 Challenge Painting

Day 7 of the challenge brought me a sick kid so I didn’t paint. But I did catch up on Saturday, and this is the painting I had intended to make on Thursday.

Amelia Pond: Are you okay?
The Doctor: Just had a fall. All of the way down there right to the library. Hell of a climb back up.
Amelia Pond: You’re soaking wet.
The Doctor: I was in the swimming pool.
Amelia Pond: You said you were in the library.
The Doctor: So was the swimming pool.
Amelia Pond: Are you a policeman?
The Doctor: Why? Did you call a policeman?
Amelia Pond: Did you come about the crack in my wall?
The Doctor: What cra— {he falls}
Amelia Pond: Are you all right, Mister?
The Doctor: I’m fine! It’s okay! This is all perfectly normal.
Amelia Pond: Who are you?
The Doctor: I don’t know yet. I’m still cooking. Does it scare you?
Amelia Pond: No. It just looks a bit weird.
The Doctor: No no no. The crack in your wall, does it scare you?
Amelia Pond: Yes.
The Doctor: Well then, no time to lose. I’m the Doctor. Do everything I tell you, don’t ask stupid questions, and don’t wander off.

I loved this episode so much. It was a clean break from the first two new Who Doctors and companions. New story lines. New faces. New locations. It was all so very awesome. Though I didn’t love Matt Smith until the episode entitled The Lodger, I was able to go back and rewatch and really fall in love.

And then I knew I needed to paint him, and Amelia Pond and everything. Though I was at the point in my skill set where I felt like I couldn’t do them justice so I waited.

And then I painted this one, entitled “Eleven”:


And I knew it was time to go back to the beginning. “Still Cooking” is from the same scene as the Amy Pond painting.


Flipping away from the monotones of my recent work, I wanted to jump back into colour. Shades and values are fun to work with, but colour has a punch that can’t be beat.


It’s funny how paintings look like nothing for a while. Some lines. Some colour. Doesn’t mean anything. But already I could feel something going on. Something different. Something amazing. Like I was in the zone.


I made the choice to put the background in early, because the source material showed a lot of stray hairs and it’s far better from a technical standpoint to paint them over a finished background. In this style of painting, colour matters so damn much. The scene takes place at night, but night isn’t black. It’s blues and greys and outside it can be full of greens and unexpected lights. It’s complicated, but in the best way possible.


Shifting back to the portrait, I added in layers of light to midtone. Looking to show the right colours and highlights. Working on white canvas means the colours really shine.

It still looked washed out but I could see where it was going. Or so I thought.


Then I added the black layer in. Flat black. That’s it. And fuck me, look at what happened! I wasn’t expecting the way the colours pulled together AT ALL. At this point, The painting just really painted itself. Nothing went wrong. Nothing felt off. It just got better and better.


Look! I added unexpected purple to the mix. Fuckity fuck fuck. PURPLE! And it worked so damn well!


And the above is where I started in on the details. Stray hairs. Subtle colour shifts. Finishing the eyes. ALL THE THINGS. I was fangirling as I painted this one because, holy fuck, it was really coming together in a way I never expected.

Can you feel my excitement? Know that even though I painted it, it felt like I was watching someone else paint it. Very surreal.

And the end result? Blew my fucking mind away. I’d like to pause and say how grateful I am to have the ability to paint. How every painting builds on the last one. How I never thought I’d get to this point in my skill set and yet…WOOT! Here I am.

sm_20160109_194132-1“Did You Come About the Crack In My Wall?”


Acrylic on canvas

The original and prints are available for sale HERE.


Want to see my work in person? I’ll be in Kitchener for Tri Con on January 16th and 17th. Check out my events page for more details!

Plus, follow along as I paint my way through this month. 30 Days 30 Paintings is a fun challenge which can yield some surprising results. I’m currently painting my way through my backlog of pieces I had planned over the last couple of years. And some new ones.  Follow along here and on Facebook where I paint live nearly every night.