There was a companion piece to this one - a large canvas which went through a million iterations, receiving on its surface the aches and pains and worries and fears of the week in layer upon layer of color. Which is now covered in black gesso. Mama said there'd be days likes these. I am grateful for its willingness to accept all that angst and store it safely within its frame.
I think what's important is that we keep doing. Create, sing, dance, play, move, clean, read - whatever you do, keep doing it. Let the doing of it revitalize you amidst it all. Wherever you are in this week of tumult, I wish you a pile of play dough and a companion or two to make weird creatures with.
About the art: beginning with a black gesso'd wood panel and a reference photo of a dinosaur skeleton, then a rough colored pencil sketch over top. Adding washes of warm tones and then beginning to define the bones with increasingly lighter tones. Allowing the dark to show through and create shadows and depth. Resisting the urge to overly define - keeping the washes light and ghostly.
3/2/2022 10:41:17 pm
Great painting and so true. Creating, pushing around paint can really keep me from dwelling too deep on outside events.
3/9/2022 03:37:52 pm
Carl! Painting is such a lovely way to revitalize amidst it all!
3/3/2022 05:44:28 am
The tension between identifiable object and abstracted color and shape draws me in and holds my attention (tension/attention!). The canvas anchors me, invites my eyes to explore within its boundaries, gives me a way to also explore all the thoughts swirling internally during this week of tumult. Whew!
3/9/2022 03:38:27 pm
Dotty! I am so glad you keep doing....sending big hugs!
3/9/2022 03:39:13 pm
Kevin! Thank you for your comment and peaceful thoughts...the beasts keep coming, but we have a strategy for dealing with them!
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