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I used a reference photo from a group I belong to, on Facebook. Fabulous photographers share their photos for any artist member to use, royalty free. This lovely old fashioned lamp post reminds me of Victorian era movies (think Dickens) and gives me a feeling of Christmas. I knew that I wanted to do the image in 5″ x 7″ or smaller, so I decided to do 2 at once!

I used my Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress pad that is 7″ x 10″, and literally drew a line down the middle. Then, I placed a piece of masking tape down the middle, then drew the image. I’m not very good at free hand drawing, so I trace the outline of the the lantern and bow. I did free hand paint in the background trees and greens, though! I’m pretty proud of myself for that.


I wanted to create a bokeh background, so I first masked off some circles with a masking pen. If you’re not familiar with bokeh, it’s a term used by photographers for the blurred, out of focus parts of an image. Next, the background colours were added. Once they dried, I painted the lantern, then bow, and then added the background trees. The greens were  painted in next, and finally the berry branches. I used a combination of Brusho Crystal Colours and Daniel Smith watercolour paints.

Between layers I went back and added shadows and highlights with different colours and even used my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils for some subtle shading. The snow on the lamp, berries and branches is painted on with Dr. Ph Martin’s bleed proof white and a small brush.  Once I was satisfied with my painting, the last step was to splatter on some bleed proof white paint that had been diluted with a bit of water.

The photos below are of each of the paintings, separated. They are very similar, but not identical!

Victorian Lamp Post


I’m quite happy with how the bow turned out in both paintings. I was worried about losing the details, but adding the shadows & highlights worked, I think.

After taking the pictures, I realized that I hadn’t signed my work, so I went back and did that! I may scan these, and print them for my holiday cards for next year!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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