Thursday, April 12, 2018

Care Bears Stare Photorealism Painting - Step by Step Photos

care bears 80s toys acrylic photorealism painting by artist kim testone
"Care Bears Stare!" acrylic paint and permanent gloss varnish layers on cradled panel, 8 inches by 8 inches by 3/4 inches.

I have been very saddened to see the closing of Toys R Us - one of many staples from my 80s childhood - so I'll be painting some pieces coming up using my vintage toys as models. These little bears were very precious to me when I was young, but I only had a few that weren't lost to who knows where, so my husband picked up the rest of them for me as a surprise this past Christmas.

I used a somewhat more experimental process here, which seems to be pretty neat for the plastic toy piles especially. The piece consists of layers of clear gloss permanent varnish alternating with layers of paint mixed with the gloss and applied transparently. I've only done something similar once before, but not to this extent. The result is that in person the piece appears to have more depth and dimension than a typical painting, as the light moves through the layers and bounces back. It is very shiny and looks more like an enamel, but that also means the colors are richer and brighter than possible otherwise. It's a process I'm going to continue to work on more, as I think it really makes a unique difference in the final painting.

This piece has been painted on a cradled panel, whose sides have been sanded and left unfinished. It can be displayed as is on the wall or on a small easel (keeping in mind that just a bit of the paint creeps over the edge of the panel to its sides), or it can be framed in a deep or floater frame. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Thanks for looking! Step by step photos below!
***Please note that despite my best efforts to photograph my paintings accurately, colors will vary from screen to screen.  


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Monopoly Trompe L'Oeil Painting - Living' the Dream

monopoly board game trompe loeil painting by kim testone
"Livin' the Dream," acrylic on panel, 4" x 4". SOLD.
Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Daily Painting for Kitchen - Group of Garlic

"Garlic," acrylic on panel, 5" x 5". SOLD.

ABOUT: "Garlic," acrylic on gessobord panel, 5 inches x 5 inches. Matte/Satin finish.

Here's another little daily painting to enjoy! I cook with a lot of garlic every week, probably in part because my grandfather had a lovely garden where he grew lots of garlic, using the original garlic his grandfather brought when he immigrated from Italy.

The edges of this piece have been painted black, so you can frame it or display it on a small easel.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Two Small Candy Land Board Game Paintings

candy land photorealism board game painting by kim testone
"Just Passing Through," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8". SOLD
"Hugs (and a Lotta Love)," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8". Available on Etsy/$139.

I used my vintage-style Candy Land board game as the subject for these two pieces. 
Thanks for looking!
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Trompe L'Oeil Painting of The Velveteen Rabbit

the velveteen rabbit trompe l'oeil painting by kim testone
"The Velveteen Rabbit," acrylic on panel, 16" x 12". Available on Etsy/$165.
 As the model for this piece, I used a very special book from my childhood. I received my copy (shown in the side by side photo) when I was just four years old. But the original writing and illustrations were published in 1922, and it is a lovely imaginative book if you'd never read it, with toys that have life in them, long before the Toy Story movies.

"Weeks passed, and the little Rabbit grew very old and shabby... He didn't mind at all how he looked to other people because he was Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter."

I've sealed it with a satin polymer varnish, 
so it's got a low sheen and can be framed with or without glass.

Thanks for looking!

Side by side, subject and painting

the velveteen rabbit trompe l'oeil painting by kim testone

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hershey Bar Trompe L'Oeil Painting

hershey's chocolate candy bar photorealism trompe loeil painting by kim testone
"Open," acrylic on panel, 10" x 8". SOLD.
 I thought I'd try a new pose for this Hershey's bar. The background is a light gray, which helps to make the highlights of the opened package stand out more.

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: .

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Monopoly Guess My Luck in Changing Small Trompe L'Oeil Painting

"Guess My Luck in Changing," acrylic on panel, 5" x 5". SOLD.
My old Monopoly board game often comes in handy for my paintings, although this is the first time I've done a little assemblage like this. I think it turned out pretty cute, though! 

It's completed at a 1:1 scale.

Thanks for looking!