It all happened when I added silver leaf to the painting below, a piece of art lovely in and of itself.
I looked at it with some of the silver leaf adhered and suddenly I had a very different image in my head that wanted to be expressed.
So, the colors changed, I antiqued some of the silver, added layers of texture, added more silver leaf, had paint dripping and spattering, went over some areas with graphite to bring out the texture and totally got lost in the process of adding and subtracting and balancing.
The resulting painting fills me with joy and feels totally connected to who I am.
Mixed media painting on 11 x 14 inch wrapped canvas
I have now painted over every canvas I own on which I had painted something cute. Cute isn't me. Too sweet isn't me (just ask Daniel...). Sentimental isn't me. Vintage isn't me. Frilly isn't me. Even as a child I was a tomboy. In my clothes, I prefer clean lines, timeless styles, no frills and definitely no tiny patterns. The same with how we decorate our home.
And now that I am truly starting to express myself in my art, more and more those paintings or drawings are reflections of the very unique blend that is me.
There is still a sweetness about her, she has a kind face ... and at the same she emerges with the unshakeable knowledge of who she is!