The design was thumbnailed weeks ago.
Now to paint.
I was nervous about this painting. My experience is with little light designs; my intention here was to paint with gouache, heavy coverage. To ensure I painted heavily I used watercolor paper that already had a coverage of paint on it (an earlier, unsuccessful project.)
Still looking at Chagal and a few children's books for illustration inspiration.
Somehow things don't feel complete without calligraphy so I did the calligraphy on a separate paper and overlaid it in PhotoShop.
This painting is now printed on a little gift card (2.5 x 3.5 inches). I was worried that the greens would print muddy in CMYK but the print operator let me work with him while it was on press. He did a great job and it came out well.
Send me a note and I'll mail one to you FREE.