My painting for the Peace Project show represents my vision of the Goddess of Peace. Half Dove and half Women this Goddess hovers between the Earth and the Stars hoping for Peace for Mankind.
Title: Peace Goddess
Artist: Mark Nagata
Media: Acrylic paints on 20×24 inch canvas
Monster Kolor clear coat varnish
Date: Sept 2012
Here’s some pics of my process for this show. I was sent this canvas and the only direction was the subjects of Peace and Love.At first i thought hmmm, how shall i paint a Kaiju into this ;-P but the more i thought about it Kaiju seemed to me to be too self serving … while Peace and Love seem to be out of fashion these days, it’s something the World could definitely use much more of.
If you look closely you’ll see that the way I posed the figure with the circles and birds is loosely in the shape of the Peace symbol.
The painting will be auctioned off in Japan. I’ve donated the proceeds to help the Earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan.
while 99% of the time I know exactly what I’d like to paint.. i gave this one a bit more time to thing about how I wanted to convey the subject of Peace … mostly I wanted a more classical feel and not some Kaiju stepping on buildings ;-P
the image of a dove head and woman’s body appeared to me in a dream … so with that idea in my mind I started out sketching onto the canvas. For better or worse, I rarely do thumbnails of full sketches prior to painting… I did draw a few Dove heads from the internet but mostly to get the shape down …
basic sketch on the canvas
adding clothing over the figure and adding some graphic elements
at this point the sketch for the figure is done and the doves flying below are blocked
the sides have been painted, here the middle section is masked off along with the figure to spray the sky. I try to work from the back ground forward when painting.
Sky is almost done at this point
all the masks are taken off so i can see how the back ground is working .. so far, so good …
figure is sprayed .. I’ve gone dark so i can pull of the mid tones and highlights ..but I want the figure to remain fairly dark over all …
the next few pictures I’m bring out the doves, the figure and clouds …
a close up of the detail work …. by the way not shown I’ve added gold leaf to the 3 circles …
at this point I’m pretty much done .. slight adjustments .. but the deadline is near .. so I’m done ;-P
Using Monster Kolor Clear Coat with a soft brush to appy the final varnish .. this step seals in the paint but also brightens and give more depth to the painting … although the depth is something that you would only see in person.