Now that the parents expecting their second set of twins have been given my collage, aptly titled The Twins, I can finally share the images of the piece that I was commissioned to create to honor the babies they’ll soon be having. I’m very happy with the way the piece turned out, especially the expression’s on the giraffes’ faces. Here’s the finished piece and a few photos of my process. Peaking out between layers of paint are some of the words to a blessing I wrote for the babies as well as words such as “Joy, Peace, Love, Serenity, Safety, and Laughter.” All the things one would wish for little ones just entering the world.
The Twins- my collage on canvas. The finished piece has fabric to highlight the grass and add interest to the spots on the baby giraffes.
I lightly sketch the giraffes with acrylic paint on the canvas to make sure I have the scale right.
Stencils, stamps, and a turquoise outline add interest. This is the layer where I get to play freely and see what wants to happen.
I make more deliberate decisions about details such as the grass and leaves on the branches.