I love painting on a large canvas like that, it's a totally different experience. It's harder in a way too, because I always turn my canvases around all the time, and with a large, heavy frame like this one that wasn't always easy.
This painting went through so many stages I even lost track of how many layers there are actually on it. But there are lots!
Since most of the pictures were taken on dark, dreary days, the colours are sometimes very drab. The pictures of the finished painting are more or less how it is in "real life".
I'll have to warn you though: it's a long way down before you get to see the finished painting. If you don't want to see all the in-progress pics, just scroll down to the bottom of this post ;-)
This is how it all started:
stamps, stencils and random marks
using lots of water to spread the paint around
adding more marks
and drips of course (my favorite ☺)
trying to soften all the lines
and adding some contrast - ugh
moving into the ugly stages ...
more of the same
no images are appearing to me, so I just keep layering on top
brightening it up a bit
I keep turning the canvas. Still no idea what I 'm doing or where I'm going
brightening it up again.... oh my .... all my marks have disappeared again....
making new marks *sigh ....
at this point I'm starting to see quite a few images: a big dog in front, and 4 faces! But this is around Christmas time and I don't have time to work on it during a week or so, and after that week the images don't appeal to me at all. So what do I do?
Right, I drip some more .... Will there ever be an end to it?
turns out there is .... I can see the outlines of 2 faces in the bottom right
so I bring them to life :-)
And then it goes fast: I see one bird, and while I'm painting it 2 more birds appear
And two faces that were there before and refused to disappear ....
discover an owl in the bottom left corner
now I just need to bring it all together .... (which is often the hardest part)
I had been trying to stay with purple and pink tones (beside the blue), but after I'd painted this bright blue the pinks and especially the purples started bothering me, so I followed my heart and went for my favorite colours: oranges and yellows.
I know now where I'm going with this canvas, but there's one thing that keeps bothering me: the left figure in the foreground. It's a male (I think), and I have no idea what to do about his hair. I try different hairdo's (sorry, didn't take any pictures of those) but none feels right. So I make some circles raining down on his head ...
but don't like it and cover them up again...
In the end I just start moving the paint around with my fingers and somehow he gets a kind of white cloudy hairdo. While I kinda like it, I find it doesn't fit with the rest of the painting and it keeps bothering me.
So I finish the rest of the painting while I keep thinking what to do with his/her/its hair .... In the end I decide on a sort of hat / headband / whatever .... I think it suits him ...
So here's the finished painting:
"take me home again" - acrylics on canvas - 100x100 cm (39,4 x 39,4 inches)
While I was finishing this painting, I realised that for me it represented Australia: the birds, the reds and yellows of the earth, the bright blues of the sky and the oceans, the feeling of longing and home. The country that I fell in love with years ago, and was allowed to call my home for more than 3 years. It still sits in my soul and will stay there. Even though we moved back to Belgium, a part of me stayed behind in Australia and I will always long to get it back. When I look at this painting I feel joy and happiness and longing and sadness all at the same time. How I love it when my feelings get translated onto the canvas without me realizing it. That is for me the biggest discovery of painting intuitively.
So, after this avalanche of pictures, I have a few more things to share, so I better make it quick :-)
First of all: the 29 faces challenge! It's been going really well, and I've been enjoying making a face every day. I have been blogging about it too every day. Not sure whether I'll be able to keep that up though. Since this post is already so long, I'll just show today's face, which is number 4:
here, here and here.
Secondly: this week I received a lovely package from Jackie. I "met" Jackie online last year and have been enjoying reading her most inspiring blogposts and seeing her wonderful creative art. After asking her about a colourful fruit she showed on her blog, she sent me a whole bag of seeds together with a beautiful artwork and a big bag of "white Christmas"-candy, a delicious sweet that she makes every year with Christmas. Here's a picture of the beautiful tag she made me:
Thirdly: since it's a new month again, I made another wallpaper that you can download if you want:
here. It should work, please let me know if it doesn't!
Phew, this is it at last. Linking to Paint Party Friday, to Show Your Face and to 29 faces. Go have a look at all these links, so many beautiful and creative things to see and admire!
Thanks for visiting and reading right through to the end ;-) Hope your day is going great, and your weekend will be full of joy. And since I have so many pictures already in this post, one more won't hurt. Here's my funny for this week:
See you tomorrow for the next face! ♥ ♥ ♥