For the International Salon event in Tokyo (May 2013), I painted this panel for the “East meets West” theme.
For the “West”, I cheated a little and used a previously painted panel. I used the inner portion to repaint.
First, I created a woodgrain background. I was going for a light walnut.
I found this samurai design. We did a little editing to remove the sword and re-position the hand.
Once the image was printed to size, I transferred the design
Then I made a pounce pattern for the remaining elements
I love the lettering part since that’s where I started out. I used this great synthetic lettering brush with a flat top.
Finished – not bad for 2 days before my flight!