Here is the finished painting for the second mudra. I am enjoying painting these so much. The plan is to do a series of at least four, but who knows? Maybe I'll keep going 😄
I know I have mentioned this in posts before, but I don’t think I have have gone into any detail.
Once again while working on a painting in watercolors, I have had to start over. It happens. If you were to ask me right after I have made a mistake I would say that it happens way too often. But in more objective moments I could maybe admit that it isn’t “every single time”. And sometimes I’m even able to get to a place where I realize that it’s often the best thing that can happen. The second attempt is always better in many ways than the first one. And even less measurable but more importantly, it means I’m pushing my abilities. Yes, there are times when having a piece be “good enough” and “not perfect” is a completely valid sentiment. But those moments when you look at your piece and say ” I don’t like that, I can do better” are special, and if they are happening it means you are working and growing. Now, this is not to say that in the moment following the “ooops!” I am completely in touch with this notion, but I’m sure it’s taking less and less time to reach that emotional state. 🙂
The good news is that my process allows me to restart without it being a giant pain in the ass. I start by asking my friends and family to model for me, I set up my scenes and take reference photos. Then I draw it out freehand on tracing paper. This allows me to make mark after mark, and erase (and erase, and erase) without damaging the paper. Then I take my finished drawing and transfer it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper. So, all I need to do when starting over is transfer the drawing to another piece of watercolor paper.
So, now it’s time to just keep on painting……….
Dharmachakra completed! This was fun to do, I’m really enjoying the smaller format and the tighter focus on hands. Hands are so expressive and they can be as individual as faces. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂
This will be the first in a series of hand mudra poses, so check back soon for updates. You can read more about Buddhist hand mudras in my last post.
If you are interested in this piece as a print or as a card click here.
The finished painting! This was so fun to do,…I broke from my comfort zone a bit and got a little loose with the paint – in a totally controlled way 😉 (One of these days I’ll tackle a whole painting in a wet, loose style…..)
I’m very happy with how this one turned out, and also happy to announce that this is now available on Zazzle.com as a card and an 8″x 10″ print
Here is the finished painting. I’m mostly satisfied with it, for now 😉 I think I will keep exploring this idea I have about autumn though…..And I really want to experiment again with firelight as a light source. I think that element is a central part to capturing the feel that I want. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Here is progress on the painting so far. This is attempt number 2 and so far it’s working much better. I think I am starting to get the specific feel I was looking for. This time it’s one of those “I’ll know it when I see it” things….Autumn is my favorite time of year, but I sometimes have difficulty explaining the reasons why. Of course there are the usual things, the gorgeous color, the smells, the cooler air, but there is also an elusive “Something”. I started an idea in 2013 to create pieces based on the seasons since we are so lucky here to experience the changes. I assumed when starting that Autumn would be the easiest, or at least most enjoyable since it’s so special to me. How wrong I was! I don’t even understand myself exactly what I want to convey. How do you have a painting express something you yourself don’t even understand, just feel? Well, I don’t know yet, but this is the attempt.
Finally finished this painting! The short explanation for the inspiration for this one is the Bluebeard tale from the amazing book “Women who Run with the Wolves” from Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The general idea being that you have to take the key and look in the dark places. All of your dark places. Take the key and open all of the doors of your own mind. We need to do this not only to grow, but to live. Looking inward has always been an integral part of my being and existence, I don’t know any other way to be. (You can read all of the details of the story here, in my other posts.)
Work in progress on the latest project. I am having fun mixing these gray tones and painting the rocks. I am still unsure of what to name this piece, my intent is for the painting to have a quiet, peaceful feel and I think the title should reflect that. Maybe. Or it could just be literal, this reference photo was taken in Loyalsock creek at World’s End State Park. We’ll see.