The Furtive Dryad

I think she’s finished. If you remember last week, she almost hit the trash bin. I was just having fits with the background. I kept wanting to put a little lighted hut in the background but I wasn’t listening to her story. She has left her forest home on an adventure but she must be very careful not to be caught! The humans believe her kind are only a myth and she must not let them find out the truth or they will have no peace and will have to move deeper into the forest. She will just have a quick peek and then she’ll disappear into the night.

Mixed media on canvas paper. Below is my palette of acrylics for P&P. I also used white charcoal, black Scribe All and bark Inktense pencils and gesso. I’m also showing the collage that I started with as my inspiration. I’ll be linking to Paint Party Friday and to Tracey’s Palette and Paint. I really appreciate everyone’s comments from last week. You helped save this one!

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28 thoughts on “The Furtive Dryad

  1. Margo

    I love the way this turned out! And your instinct about changing the background was right on! If we step away from a piece for a while, something will come to us when we come back. Great job!

  2. EVA

    Wow!!! She is gorgeous. Exotic. Love those elven ears and feather hair!

    Hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas Melisa!

  3. Elisa Choi

    Lovely result! I love this painting.. how it leads the eye from the lovely woman to the outside that looks like a field leading to some place. I’m quite curious about the story behind her. Great job! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks, Ellie! The Inktense pencils are water soluble but they have more viscosity than watercolor pencils, a little like ink. And the colors, once wet, are very very vibrant! I only have the small set of 12 (I think) but I’d love to have the big one. I have found that if I dip the tip in water, I can use them in places that other pencils will not even leave a mark.


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