Well ....what have I been painting?.......Christmas Mermaids for my granddaughters & niece. I am not familiar with arcylics and they have actually been making me crazy, trying to find out which ones I like better, full body, or the more liquid ones, which brushes work the best, what the coverage is like, how fast they dry and also found out you do not want to use a permentt marker on the canvas and try to paint over it, the marker continues to show through- lots of frustration.
I painted 5 small individual paintings for my youngest granddaughter, then mermaids for the older girls, I thought the mermaids may have not been cute enough so I re-did them,....I felt as if I was doing the 12 days of Christmas......1 starfish, 1 seahorse, 1 whale, 1 turtle, 1 mini mermaid, 3 large mermaids, 3 mermaids with dolphins..and a paaarrrrtiged in a pair tree (total of 11 paintings) .. it would have been easier to have just bought presents - which I did that too, because I didn't know how the kids would react to them.
I held off with the larger mermaids and thought maybe I would give them to them when they were older. On Christmas day I brought them into my studio and showed them the mermaids that I was going to put to the side - and the immediately fell in love with them. My nice said I want one, my granddaughter said this one needs a crown. Then to my amazement it all turned into a wonderful Christmas gift, they were able to make them individual and place things where they wanted. I wrote what they wanted down on a piece of tape and they placed it onto the paintings. Orange starfish here, clam there, fish with blue lines, orange fish with white lines, kelp, crown and sparkles. They turned into magical paintings and a beautiful Christmas gift.