Behind the Art and an offer for you

One of our Life Book lessons this month was called “Expressing the True You” with Mitsi B.  It was a chance to pour out emotion and, as Mitsi said, “be a bit slapdash and just play and experiment.” I decided to use one of my Salvation Army finds rather than watercolor paper this time.   I wanted to keep the vibrant background but be able to paint over it, so I put a thin coat of gesso down and worked on top of that.  I bought this painted wood panel for $1.99 folks.  (Apologies to the original artist.)

Original to gessoAfter the gesso dried, I covered it with images and words pretty randomly.

Background images

Then I sprayed some ink in various places to cover the white and added some words.

Sprays and words

The most fun part for me was adding vibrant paint colors to create a fun and bold background.  I also dripped alcohol inks because, well, why not?

Detail of paintInk drippingPaint and inkOK so now the hard part.  I started with an abstract person and filled in as I felt compelled to.  Just as I do sometimes (hello Gemini), she has two sides to her personality.  Whether joy-filled or pensive, remembering happy events or something sad from her past, she is still wholly present in her life, bold, and daring.face closeupgirl face detail

fragile heart

The canvas felt like it needed something to balance the girl, so I decided on an owl, which to me seems to be sort of a visionary creature, full of mystery and protection.  I like mixing up the eyes, as you can see, to keep it whimsical.

adding owlwise old owlThen I needed to figure out how to connect the two figures.  I don’t consider myself very good at drawing hands, but there you have it.

perched on handlarger view girl and owlNext issue: too much darkness.  I decided to lighten up the owl.  I added some light modeling paste to the paint and really layered it on to make it evoke feathers.

repainted owlI couldn’t do the abstract thing with the girl either.  She just had to have hair!

painted hairhair textureHere’s how it turned out.

Final girl and owl_blogI really enjoyed the creative process here, figuring out what to add and where, how to make it better and gel together.  I poured a lot of feeling and thought into creating it.  BUT… I don’t really want to keep this one.  I thought I would ask you guys (without meaning to flatter myself in any way) if this piece speaks to you in some profound way and if you would like it as a gift from me.

I think everyone should be able to have art in their home that they love and identify with.  If this painting does that for you, please let me know and I would be happy to send it to you.

Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and rest.  Can you believe Monday is already JULY!? Me neither.

You can view more “Behind the Art” posts here.



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9 Responses to Behind the Art and an offer for you

  1. Erin says:

    Really fun to see your creative process! So neat to have the vision to change it here and there. And what a great idea to use something reclaimed as the base!!!!!

  2. Deborah says:

    I love your artwork! Just love it!
    My dream would be to sit in your creative space with you and create along with you.
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  3. Naomi says:

    How I would love that! Imagine the long talks we would have or even the companionable silence.

  4. Thank you Naomi for sharing your creative process with this beautiful piece. I love how you take an old piece of art and recycle it to make it your own. Seeing the process you underwent gave me ideas for something personal that I’m working on. Thank you for sharing with us. xo
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  5. Eydie says:

    I love watching your process unfold.
    Be U ti ful.

  6. christy says:

    layers of TRUTH and so much TRUST in this process!
    way to go!!!
    you inspire me to let go in my creative process and make it all juicy and REAL!
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  7. Naomi says:

    Oh good! It is surprisingly hard for me to just let go and creative. Let me know how you do!

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  9. I love seeing your process here. What a powerful exercise!
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