I finally took the leap and took all that I learned in my art journals to a canvas. My first canvas without a pretty picture to guide me, but straight from the heart onto the cloth.
I could take it further, as I thought I would do last night, but I like how she looks. I like the suggestion of her and the transparancy of the painting. I like that she leaves room for imagination. I see many things when looking at this. I like that it’s messy and grungy and clean and pure all at the same time. She looks sad and insecure to me while I see strength and confidence, all at once. I see a man in the darkness lurking behind her and a face staring down at her.
I guess I see me when I look at her. Dark and light all blended together. It makes me wonder what other people see when they look at this painting.
So yes, I think I will leave it as is, maybe some touch-ups and details here and there and my name and date off course when I feel I’m truly done with it.
It was fun making this painting. I used a lot of techniques and it has a ton of texture. It is also very interactive, because I used the input from my friends and family for the various steps. I loved reaching out this way and I loved the responces I got.
And because of this approach I have lots of progress pics to show you.
I started out with a canvas I had lying around in the attick. It had been painted before and since I didn’t really like what was on it, I painted it white. So it already had a lot of texture. First I took some blue and scraped it on, just to get rid of the white.
So I used orange and scratched all over the painting with a wooden skewer and wrote down that he told me to use orange. That was fun.
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