The paint is finally dry, so I was able to take a photo:
I also took a couple pictures of the painting process:
It’s not the first painting in this series, so here are some of the older paintings and sketches:
I wasn’t even planning on painting something mythological when I started this one. Actually, I wasn’t planning anything at all – I just had some vague ideas about what colors and shapes I want. But then this white figure started taking form, and there were feathers, and I realised it’s going to be some kind of bird spirit. I love it how unpredictable paintings can be sometimes.
Here’s my latest oil painting:
I’m rereading Pu Songling’s Strange Tales of Liaozhai, so there was a lot of Chinese mythology on my mind lately. The Wind god idea is not from the book though. I was impressed by the Wind god temple in Tainan that we accidentally stumbled upon during my latest trip to Taiwan (by getting off the bus randomly in an unfamiliar part of town), so I looked up some information about Chinese wind deities on the web.
There are different variations of the Wind God’s appearance in Chinese mythology. Some texts describe a bird with a deer’s head, and some tell it the other way around – a deer with a bird’s head. There are also mentions of leopard patterns and a snake’s tail. I chose the bird-body-deer-head version.
Here are some in-progress photos of the painting:
P.S. Art Prints of the painting (along with canvas prints and other products) are available in my Society6 shop:
Here’s my new oil painting. I finished it just before leaving for Taiwan almost three weeks ago, but didn’t have enough time to photograph it properly until now.
I also took some in-progress photos. I had to use my phone, so the quality of the images is pretty low, but you can still see how the painting changes.
P.S. Art Prints available in my Society6 shop.