Monday, December 27, 2010

"Nightshade" Oil Painting

So I love to craft, specifically to oil paint, but with school, blogging, and reading, I can never seem to find enough time to paint, which is a big booger, so I really only get to oil paint during Christmas break every year when school is out and everything is more relaxed. Well the other day, Christmas Day to be exact, after opening presents and doing the family stuff, I found that I had a lot of free time on my hands and a canvas I had lying around was calling to me, so obviously I had to paint! Usually when I oil paint I paint my favourite characters from a book and I just so happened to have a copy of beautiful "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer, and I thought that it would make the perfect subject (I mean, it is only the most beauiful book cover I have ever seen)! I am thinking that I might also paint the cover of the next book in the series, "Wolfsbane", when it comes out July 12 2011.

I took art all throughout high school and first year university, but for some reason during those times, I dreaded painting, and therefore never learned how to oil paint, so it has just been something I have picked up within the last couple of years, and my technique is very much trial by error. Though there are some flaws that I now see as I look at it, I am pretty happy with how it turned out (and now I can hang this on my wall- in place of the book cover- which I was seriously considering doing). 

This is the finished product:

And this is the in-progress (this colouring is more in-real-life), don't mind my messy easel:

And here is the actual cover:


  1. Oh wow, Avery! You are SO talented! I love it :)

  2. Oh my gosh Avery that's gorgeous! I would love to see your painting of Wolfsbane, I would absolutely hang those in my house side by side:) Gorgeous!

  3. Avery this is incredible! Thank you so much for lending your talents to Nightshade :)

  4. Dude that's so awesome!! Fantastic work!! She looks harder, more ready for a fight in your painting, I love it! <3

  5. wow thats is awesome!!! great job!! =D

  6. Oh my gosh, that's beautiful! Well done!

  7. Avery that is truly stunning!

    I envy your talent! I always wanted to draw, but never stuck with it. Kind of turned to reading and writing instead! Everyone has their niche I guess!

    Fabulous job!

  8. *sigh* I LOVE oil painting, but I'm so allergic. :(

    Great painting. I love that Andrea Cremer saw it!

  9. Awww... Thanks ladies! Y'all are too sweet!

    @Melissa (Books and Things), allerfic to oil paint? That might be even sadder than being allergic to puppies and kittens... :/

  10. Wow! That's so pretty. I would definitely hang that on my wall. I love how you did her hair and her eye. Her hair looks more swirling in your version. I actually like yours better there.


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