Well, after more than a 2 week hiatus, I'm back to finish up the 31 Day Challenge! I am so proud of Meghan and I for completing this and I feel like we've both seen ourselves improve throughout this challenge. I can't believe we started it back in July! Time flies - all too soon we'll be doing this all over again!
While I considered other options, I don't think there was ever a doubt in my mind that I would be recreating my Inspired by a Song look for this theme. I loved everything about this look. The song I chose was the Florence and the Machine song, Shake it Out, and the chorus "It's always darkest before the dawn" was my major source of inspiration. However, this time around I decided to glom onto the "dawn" portion. My reasoning was that it was paying homage to the new dawn that this challenge has brought for our nail art! Yeah, I went there. Welcome to chees
Anyway! I decided to recreate a sunrise image that I found online and was immediately drawn to. While this is by no means a perfect rendition (and maybe you'll have to squint a bit for this to look good), I am so proud of myself for painting this. I typically recreate things that another artist has already created and then I will come in and interpret that again (like impressionistic artwork, patterns, etc) and I almost never do any painting based on a "real" photograph/place. I'd like to think it shows growth as an artist that I've somewhat rendered an actual image in paint and tried to interpret the shadows and colors in my own way. It's not easy and there is still a lot of room to grow, but I know I can do it now and will work on improving that skill.
I used quite a few colors for this look. I started off with a (useless) gradient that I basically painted over completely of China Glaze's White on White, Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun and Zoya's Louise. It reminded me of a toasted marshmallow! Yummy ;)
What did you think of this challenge? Which was your favorite look in this 4 month saga of art? Be sure to check out Meghan's 31 posts as well as mine here!