June Fae 8 - Nurse Log Troll

Maybe not a traditional faerie but certainly a fey creature of sorts, the Nurse Log Troll is a troll crumbling in its old age but still useful as a caregiver for infant trolls and troll wives.  It is too old for lurking under bridges, stealing cows or challenging the youngest of three brothers on his way to seek his fortune.  Perhaps the Nurse Log Troll is more useful in its decline than any of these things.

Detail of the Nurse Log Troll, a mixed media piece that I finished for #junefae Day 8.

Detail of the Nurse Log Troll, a mixed media piece that I finished for #junefae Day 8.

Artist's note - June Fae pushed me to finish this piece, which has a history - as do many things stuck in production.  This piece started out as the preliminary sketch for a digital painting that appeared in the Emerald CIty ComicCon 2017 Monsters&Dames art book.  It was a scribbly drawing on vellum bristol (note - not watercolor paper!) and it wasn't polished enough to hang on a wall but it had too much energy to recycle.  So I started to play with it traditionally, in watercolor.  There are progress shots from earlier stages at my StudioWondercabinet page on Instagram, for the curious.

Nurse Log Troll outside being photographed on a typical Seattle day - with enough acrylic white paint, watercolor has less to fear from a gentle rain...

Nurse Log Troll outside being photographed on a typical Seattle day - with enough acrylic white paint, watercolor has less to fear from a gentle rain...

Yesterday I pushed back the edges to finish at 9"x12" so that it would fit in a standard mat for framing.  I used acrylic to build new whites back into over worked spots, and also to laminated down areas of the vellum bristol that were pilling and falling apart through too much brushwork.  I stomped blue moonlight into the top of the piece and dark browns into the shadows.  It's done.  I've taken the tape off the edges and I can move on.  Thank you, #junefae, I am happy.