I thought I would welcome the New Year in with a little songbird. I had a plan to paint an alligator swimming among lily pads. I prepped a large canvas for this painting before Christmas.
When I got back into the studio, I felt like playing with art. I painted a few layers of abstract strokes and my favorite symbols. The key to playing with paint like this is to stick with the same temperature of colors in each layer and let the layer dry before the next layer.
I started with yellow, orange and red.
Then blues and greens.
Back to warm colors.
The fun part really begins when I added white.
Then black. I think white and black look great side by side.
I used a BIG canvas to let the New Year know that I am allowed to use materials however I want.
I wanted a woman. So I painted a face shape with white gesso over the part of the painting that I liked least.
The rest was going to be hair, but the hair was just too big. I liked the rainbow colors in what is now the tail feathers of the bird as well as the breast area.
It was hard to paint out areas I still liked. I was happy to paint over areas that looked like big blotches.
I kind of want to keep her blue, but I might give her flesh tones. Leaning towards a natural skin tone.
I smoothed over the gesso with a plastic hotel key card.
TheBlush Ball is this Friday. If you want to come, contact me. The tickets are $40 and $60 dollars. We are raising money for women with children who need to get to a safe place and start over.
You can also buy raffle tickets.
If you can’t attend, I will deliver your winnings.