Hi all y’all!
I hope this blog finds you in perfect health and enjoying the best life has to offer.
Today, I want to share my process of painting this angel.
I grabbed my favorite portrait size canvas, with all belief that I was going to paint a woman. The only mysteries that I was expecting to have revealed were her message, the color of her skin and hair, and her attitude.
I applied 8 to 10 layers of background. Sometimes, I think this step is too much, but I like the texture and depth it creates. Also, it is fun to experiment with colors and shapes that will most likely be covered by the subject.
I started painting and knew it was male.
Shocked in disbelief. I painted on some short hair. Not right.
I painted a skeleton. No again.
Zombie, walking dead? Not the message I was feeling.
I added wings. The fullness and redness of the lips increased. This is when I saw the androgynous angel appear.
This is the part of the painting where I fall in love. I am just sitting with this feeling for a couple of days.
Love is usually followed. Maybe always followed by the part where I think I have ruined it. Followed by feeling that I have given it my best and seeing the painting as completed. (I fall in love again, but not the love at first sight love.)
One thing I get about painting… Trust your instincts. Let go of control. The harder part is applying that philosophy to life.
Updates to follow.
We have a new family member. Desdemona was giving to us by friends who can’t take her on their move to Hawaii. It turns out that Desi is the perfect dog for us. She is 9 years old, playful, smart and independent.
36 pounds of joy.
We gave her a Mohawk for summer. She looks like a Disney wildebeest.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting my dream.