encaustic on birch 18x24
Its Thanksgiving in the US. Yesterday, actually. It is the day that families gather, a large meal is shared and for one day we all give thanks for the wonderful things that have gone throughout the year. Today, thank you to those of you who provide great inspiration in your artwork every Friday. Thank you also, for your kind comments that help fuel the fire in us all and keep us going creatively. Its been a good year.
I thought it would be fun to show you the process of creating the painting above. She is the painting that I talked about in this post - she is the "another version" of the portrait there. Needless to say she is dramatically different then her beginnings.
She started like a Picasso on a panel made with Flora Bowley's style. She then got mad, lost weight, then gained weight, she even looked like she ate something sour... I got kinda frustrated at her at one point and decided to melt her hair. That was the tipping point when my husband decided she was "way to scary" and that he didn't like her. It was about Halloween. So she sat for a few weeks, until it came to me what to do to set her right, soften her and make her way less scary. Over the past two days she went from sour grapes in the bottom right corner to The Reader, above.
She needs a few corrections here and there, but for the most part, she is done. I'll work a little more on her fingers and finalize her hair and I see now, I need to fix the corner of her mouth.. but, I am promising myself I will not fall into the spin cycle.
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Friday.