Abstract oil painting the Gingerbread man/lady

Initial thoughts

I love to make gingerbread cookie for my family. I thought about painting it. However, after looking through lots of pictures online, I decided to avoid realistic style for this subject. In my mind, Gingerbread man has the character just like the story “Gingerbread man”. He is naughty and playful. He says “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me. I am the Gingerbread man”. So I am looking for a way to express this naughty, childish and happy feeling.

Digital sketches

I start to draw some digital sketches. But I don’t like them the next day. It takes some time for me to go completely abstract. The digital sketches are in square shape. But later I decide to go with rectangle shape so I can eliminate some distracted pattern. The surface for this painting is Da Vinci Pro Medium Textured Gesso Panels. Since I have two identical panels on hand, I paint a female version, the Gingerbread lady. They made a couple, I hope. 😀


In the beginning when I try to draw a gingerbread man, I don’t like the result. Then I have to leave it and let it process like a background program in my brain. After a couple days or weeks, the feeling starts to reveal the picture by itself. Then everything goes more smoothly. Therefore, don’t force it, let it process naturally. The result will show itself eventually. ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.