Hi all y’all,
I am a little in the “is Mardi Gras over already?” and “really, 2 months until Jazz Fest?” slump. It is like when you are a child and you are first able to realize that on December 25th, Christmas is 364 days away.
It also feels like a time of introspection and I am not as excited to put myself out in the world right now. It would be perfect if someone wanted to stop by my house and buy art.
I am just going to sit tight and wait until the ebb of life turns to flow.
Today, I am sharing the steps of my most recent painting. I was going to blog when it was completely done, but the feathers are taking a while.
Step one: adding a little color. Spraying it with water and blending. I love this part where I set my intentions for the art.
Next, I textured it with gel medium and scraped it with a credit card. I wanted to make some raised squares like an Indian blanket.
I liked this part of the background, so I saved it for his heart area. It looks like dreaming and passion.
I used my fingers and thick white paint to make the war paint.
I made feathers with gel medium and painted them many, many times… still unhappy with how they looked. My genius sister suggested I sand the feathers to blend them into the background and make them feathery thin.
I wrote the title with my finger and thick white paint.
I added a close-up of his eyebrow because I love it.
This is a boy dreaming of being a Mardi Gras Indian Chief one day.
My husband, David, is marching on Saint Joseph’s Day in the French Quarter with the Italian American Marching Club. Since I will be in the Quarter on St. Joseph’s Day, I will have another chance to see a Big Chief.
One more thing… I am really hoping two women look like the couple that I painted entitled “Justice” (even a bit). If so, please send me a photo at email@example.com. I will send you a super nice print.
2 thoughts on “Sanding My Painting”
I love that you’re trusting your ebb. It’s the only way back to flow.
Effy Wild http://effywild.com http://wildsoularts.ning.com
Gator Girl! Your ART is amazing! And even more wonderful than your finished art, is the process whereby you CREATE!!! Your photos of the process and more generously, your outright sharing of the how and the HEART of your work, is beautiful.
I love the “Story” of Little Chief. You have allowed us to see the Heart of New Orleans.
Thank you for all of it.
Love, Your Genius Sister