This is among my favorite paintings! It’s my first – and come to think of it, only – experiment with doing just half a face. And there’s something about it that I simply love. The strength of her gaze, that shock of orange hair set against a black background, the subtle shading of her face.
Waiting. Yearning. Dreaming. Hoping.
A figure in space.
A figurative landscape.
Yellows, blues, a tinge of brown.
Hope, calm, despair and sorrow.
Hope springs anew.
That’s what it does – abstraction.
One image – multiple viewpoints.
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“Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah Winfrey
Wisdom, they say, comes from living. All of our experiences, good and bad, teach us various lessons. By mining the lessons from our experiences, we claim them, own them, and make them a part of us. This treasure trove of life lessons can sustain us through the darkest times.
I created this spread with ample room to add in the most important life lessons I’ve learnt so far in my life (not all of them are pictured here). And at the end of the year, I plan to add in all the lessons that 2016 teaches me.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that my word for the year is Create.
This is the very first art journal spread I created this year, to remind me of my word whenever I open my journal.
And since the word is create, it’s only fair that I tell you how you can create a similar piece, isn’t it?
It’s quite straightforward, and a lot of fun!
I’m guessing by now you’ve realized that I love painting girls. While most of my girls are whimsical, I’ve been wanting to experiment a bit more with form and abstraction. This is one of my first few attempts.
I’ve deliberately left some of her features undefined, but she’s not yet as abstract as I would like.
It feels like a risk to make her disappear some more…
I drew her in my moon journal this year. A reminder to evolve – to be brave enough to emerge from the cocoon, to break down the walls I’ve built up to protect myself, but which only keep me entrapped and prevent me from growing.
It can be a slow process, this metamorphosis from a protective cocoon to a butterfly. But it’s such a beautiful process. Creation and destruction, much like the cycle of life itself, don’t you think?
Do you need a reminder to evolve? You can buy art and canvas prints, notebooks, coasters, and more featuring this piece in my Cupick store. I’ll be adding more art work on there regularly, so do follow me there for updates!
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Paint over collage is a very interesting technique – especially if you’re afraid to draw or are unsure about shading a face, for instance, and it yields some amazing results. The technique does take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really a lot of fun!
Doodling is something all of us do – during college lectures and boring meetings, while talking on the phone, when we’re bored. They’re simple, fun, and perfect to incorporate in your art journal.
Here are a few ideas on how you can add doodles to your page:Continue reading
For me when painting, I’m most successful when I let all organized thought go; my eyes blur, and my pen goes. Whatever odd words pass through my mind I place on the page, where the edge of a paint stain looks like an eye or and arm or a mouth I let it become that, regardless of the logical nature of the form.” – Leslie A. Brown (Painter)
So, just what is intuitive painting?