I finally have a new art piece to show you, and I'm pretty sure it's now my favorite painting that I've done so far. Well... besides "Branching Out". And "Don't Lose Heart".
I gave you a little teaser photo of this one a while back, and then mentioned in a recent post that I had one ALMOST done, which just needed the final details.
Well...here it is ...finally complete!
I'm so sorry that I haven't been posting much art lately. Actually I just haven't been posting much at all lately. I've been obsessed with getting my studio in order. I couldn't concentrate on anything else. And no, it's STILL not done, but I realized I started feeling a bit "icky" and empty, and I knew what needed to be done.
That's my remedy. My refuge.
I tend to go go go on a project (in this case my studio) and burn myself out. And I don't allow "play time".
I felt out of whack.
So back into the studio I went, but not to clean. I turned on some music, lit a yummy candle and started to play.
This painting was done on a 9" x 12" x 1.5" canvas. I started it by slathering on a very thick coat of Golden's heavy gel (matte) and then drew and dabbed patterns into it while it was still wet. I let it dry overnight then painted it with Golden's fluid acrylics. I then mixed those same paints with glaze and started to add layers of glazing to add more depth and bring out the texture more.
I didn't originally plan on adding an embellishment to this when I was working on it. I figured the wonderful texture, pattern and luscious peacock colors would be enough, but once it was "finished" I knew it needed that little extra touch to make it truly special. The top half seemed a bit boring and "light" compared to the heavier bottom, but I didn't want to overdo it. I new just what it needed.
It needed balance.
I loved the bead and wire detail that I added to my "Wish" painting, so I decided to do something like that again. I wire-wrapped beads with copper wire and then made two long links out of wire to to connect it to the sides with copper tacks.
So do you sense a theme here?
I noticed that a lot of artist bloggers pick a word to represent the new year for them. Something they want or need in their life. Something to strive for and focus on in that year. I wondered if I were to pick a word, what would it be? I started to write a list but nothing hit home.
So I let it go.
A few days later this word kept on popping in my head. Balance. What did this painting need? Balance. More importantly...what do I need? Balance. I really do. I need to find balance in all areas right now. Art. Family. Health. etc...
So folks, I'm going to give this word of the year thing a shot. Why not?
I feel better already just writing it and putting it out there.
So that's my word for 2011.
OOPS!!! I just noticed that it's now 1am!! Well....not off to the best start with this whole balance thing, but baby steps.