Finally making some progress on this! Life gets in the way sometimes, but even baby steps moves you forward 😄
Started a new small series, going back to hands again. I can’t seem to stay away from people and figures in my painting 😄
I have been wanting to paint trees (and landscapes) for a while now, but all my attempts at plein air painting have been, well, lets say less than desirable. Trees are so lovely and magnificent and have become a personal totem of sorts for me. A friend suggested starting small, with leaves, so I can still paint the thing that I love, and not feel too frustrated. So, I did! These smaller pieces combine the ideals and concepts that matter the most to me.
The hand is positioned in the Prithvi, or Earth mudra. This gesture is used to strengthen the Earth element in the body. I coupled the positioning of the fingers with the leaf to make my own symbol representing the Earth element.
This piece is a commission that my sister in law requested. Her own hand is being held between the hands of our family’s beloved Nana. Alice was a funny, loving, good and kind woman who brought light into each of our lives.
Aside from the emotional connection, doing this was a real pleasure. Working solely in a monochromatic scheme allowed me to really focus on form and value. Without the “distraction” of worrying about skin tone and local color, I found it easier to achieve the the results that I am always looking for in my paintings (and don’t usually get IMHO).
It always feels good to refocus and hopefully bring this focus to the next painting.
Finally finished! So much for smaller pieces getting done faster…….but I think I have overcome one of my main stumbling blocks on color and technique, so hopefully now I can kick it into high gear! 🙂 Or at least higher gear……