Saturday, February 3, 2018

Vote for Lois Lane Not Superman Comic Book Trompe L'Oeil Painting

lois lane superman silver age comic book books trompe loeil painting photorealism paintings
"Not like the other girls (vote for Lois)," acrylic on panel, 16" x 16". Available on Etsy/$500.
 I have a small but growing collection of beat-up silver age comic books and a particular affection for the "Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane" books. The two books featured in this painting are from the 1960s. I love the charm of the Lois Lane books, each of which captures different aspects of a woman - in these two, empowerment. They always make me smile, and I hope they make you smile, too!

I use many thin glazes of transparent and opaque acrylic paint to achieve as much smoothness and color richness as I can. Feel free to visit my instagram page to see some step-by-step photos of this piece as I painted it: https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/ .

lois lane superman silver age comic book books trompe loeil realism painting paintings
Subject left, painting right.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Original Photorealism Painting of Mickey Mouse Baseball Collectibles

mickey mouse baseball photorealism painting collectible statues by kim testone
"Play Ball!" acrylic on gessobord panel, 12" x 12". Available on Etsy/$300.

I used several of my husband's Disney collectibles to paint this original piece. He worked at Disney World for 20 years, and while living in Florida, we frequently went to the minor league ballparks for Spring Training throughout the state. So this piece captures two of our loves! I hope you love it, too.

I use many thin glazes of transparent and opaque acrylic paint to achieve as much smoothness and color richness as I can.

Feel free to visit my instagram page to see some step-by-step photos of this piece as I painted it: https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.

Note: I've applied a thin permanent gloss varnish to this piece. That leaves some of the minute brushstrokes still visible but unifies the sheen, keeps the dark colors rich and gives it some good stability. Just keep in mind that it will need to be hung in an area with appropriate lighting so there aren't any reflections. It does not need to be framed under glass, but if you do prefer to do so to keep it safer and cleaner, just make sure there is a small gap between the painting and the glass. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Trompe L'Oeil Painting of M&Ms Chocolate Candy

mms chocolate candy trompe loeil photorealism still life painting by kim testone
"Just a Handful," acrylic on panel, 8" x 10". SOLD.



 I painted M&Ms a while back, but on a much smaller board, so I wanted to try to do one with a bit more white space around it so it could breathe a bit. M&ms are a different sort of challenge altogether from my other candy bar paintings, not just because of the separate pieces, but because of the details and shape of the package.

This piece has been sealed with a thin coat of a permanent gloss varnish, for protection and to retain the richness of the colors, especially the dark areas.

I've included a side-by-side picture of my original subject taped to a board next to the final painting.

Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see a couple of progress shots of this piece as I worked on it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Money Laudering - Trompe L'Oeil Painting of a 1980s $50 Bill Hung Out to Dry

trompe loeil money painting photorealism by kim testone
"Money Laundering," acrylic on panel, 10" x 10". SOLD

I found this $50 bill from 1981, and just had to paint it before I spent it. The designs of the old bills are so much more interesting to me than the current designs, at least for painting.

I used a very small brush to paint all of the details on this piece. I'm including a photo of my original subject next to my painting. I do my best to capture all of the lighting and colors correctly, so that at a glance, it's not easy to tell which is the painting.

Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see a progress shot of this piece as I worked on it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.

Thanks for looking!



Monday, November 27, 2017

Chocolate Cheesecake Painting

chocolate cheesecake dessert photorealism painting by kim testone
"Just a Little Chocolate and Cheesecake," acrylic on panel, 6" x 8". SOLD.
 I picked up the model for this piece in the bakery section of my local grocery store. It was called a cannoli cheesecake, and was delicious!

The painting has been coated with several coats of a polyurethane gloss varnish, which gives it a nice shine and keeps the black background looking rich and deep.

Thanks for looking!

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***Please note that despite my best efforts to photograph my paintings accurately, colors will vary from screen to screen.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Candyland Board Game Painting - We've Only Just Begun

candyland board game painting
"We've Only Just Begun," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8". SOLD

 I used a vintage-style Candyland board game as the model for this painting. There are so many lovely little illustrations on the Candyland board, especially this version, featuring designs from the 1960s, I believe. I've never painted the "start" area of the game before, which I think is especially adorable.

All of the details were painted using a very small brush. Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see several progress photos of this piece as I painted it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.

The piece has been coated with a permanent gloss varnish and is extremely bright and colorful!

Thanks for looking!

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***Please note that despite my best efforts to photograph my paintings accurately, colors will vary from screen to screen.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Twist Ice Cream Cone Painting

"Twist," acrylic on aquabord, 14" x 11". SOLD.
 I photographed my last ice cream cone of the season as a reference for this piece. 

Thanks for looking!