This painting is meant to represent a woman in labor with her doula, midwife or partner there comforting her. Animal helpers are there as well, aiding in the process of birth, lending their medicine. Bears symbolizes strength and courage, she brings grounding and centering energy. The owl represents intuition and seeing beyond, it signifies a great change and transformation (which birth totally is!)
First I painted in the sky with cobalt blue and cobalt violet. Next I painted some light washes over the geometric pattern on her shirt and on the foreground. I use yellow ochre and burnt sienna with a little alizarin crimson.
I add a light wash of payne’s grey to their hair.
Next the bear in the foreground gets some color and the ladies skin gets a wash of purple.
I add green to the skin in the shadow areas.
You can see the green areas of their skin.
I add a wash of a light brown to the lady on the left.
I add a wash of a darker, redder brown to the lady on the right.
I add a wash of dark brown to both of them.
Now I start on the bear in the background. I use a light wash of red with a touch of alizarin crimson.
I use pencil crayons to add details to the geometric pattern. I use browns, reds and purples.
I have added detail with payne’s grey to the hair on the right. I added some payne’s grey to the bear in the background and some washes of light green-yellow to the rest of the background.
Adding layers of green over the green-yellow. Adding yellow to the bear and adding some layers of green and yellow to the trees.
The hair on the left is painted brown and the tattoos are colored. I have painted the owl and have added white dots to the hair and background. It’s almost finished!
The finished painting 🙂 I am loving playing around with colors and practicing painting skin. It’s been a lot of fun.
Like this image? You can get the line art in my coloring book 🙂