'Sing a Song' easily segued into that, so I went looking for songs with lyrics about Pierrot. I found this old french folk song At Pierrot's Door. The lyrics also seem fitting since Journal52 2014 is almost at an end (never fear! There will be a Journal52 2015). If you follow the link to the song, you can listen to it being sung.
As always I strove for simple. I used the largest brushes I could, kept my brush strokes broad, and didn't worry overmuch about making my painting look like the original or the rules of art. The painting took about 30 minutes (40, if you count taking time to let paint dry).
As usual, it's hard to photograph or scan so that the Sparkle and Shine shows, so I've included some photos that show it a little better, in my write-up about my process below.
To start with, I lightly drew the Pierrot, with an eye to making sure (s)he fit on the page.
Then, using Titanium Buff for the face, and Iridescent Gold for the suit, I blocked in the shapes. I used Golden Acrylics throughout this painting (with the exception of a Viva metallic purple) with a 4 inch round brush for the Pierrot, a liner brush for the face, and a 3/4 inch flat brush for the background.
I didn't worry about getting the shape exact or keeping the lines smooth or straight, at any point. That would kind of defeat the purpose of keeping things simple. For this painting, the idea was to suggest rather than define the Pierrot.
I blocked in the mandolin with Transparent Red Oxide.
Switching to the 3/4 inch flat brush, and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, I blocked in the background, making no effort to smooth out the lines or color. Around the head, I made broad flat strokes to suggest a halo effect. I left white showing where the hair would go and where I would be writing the words to the song.
Its a little difficult to explain, but sometimes, before you know exactly what you want to do, you have to get something down on the page. I mixed Titanium Buff with a tiny brush tip's worth of Naphthol Red (a very powerful color) and some of the Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold to darken the face, and then used those colors to suggest the eyes, nose and mouth. All this would get painted over entirely, but it helped me understand what my proportions might be and exactly how I wanted the face.
While I was thinking about what I wanted for the face, I moved on to the hair. Using the side of the 4 inch round, I painted broad strokes of the metallic purple for the hair. I made sure that some of the strokes went into the gold in the background.