If you've read my artist statement recently, you might remember me mentioning a "powerful female form" that I add in my paintings, and how I refer to her as the "braver version of myself". Well when I came up with the idea for this new painting I knew I wanted to stick with that theme. A girl who looks similar to me, but who is...less afraid of the unknown (/everything). I thought about how much I'd like to see her standing on the edge of a tall cliff, surrounded by clouds and trees, in a sort of bow/curtsy to the sky.
I found a great photo of a woman curtsying to an audience that I used as inspiration. The photo was by Eddie O'Brien and unfortunately I can't seem to find it anywhere :'( which is really unfortunate because it's beautiful. And I always have Casper David Friedrich's "Wanderer Above The Sea" in the back of my head, so that served as some inspiration as well. While I sketched it out the idea changed from a focus on clouds to a focus on the forest. Which then became a little scarier, with mysterious spirits hiding in the woods, with my girl bravely facing the unknown.
I asked my Ben to snag some photos of me in the recent snowstorm :) wearing my wedding dress to use as a reference for the painting:
Yesterday I ordered my 30 x 36" claybord panel, and I can not WAIT for February 2nd when it is set to arrive so I can get started on this thang full scale!! Since I love knowing the thought process behind songwriter's lyrics, I thought it might be interesting for you to know the thought process behind my paintings. So take the above info, mix in the two songs below, and you've got a little snapshot of what goes on in my brain :)
Be sure to check back in for progress shots (and maybe a video or two!) showing how this lady will turn out :)
In the meantime, I'm in the process of publishing my latest "Artists to Know" interview. This time with Fine Art Photographer, Passion Promoter, & Educator: BROOKE SHADEN!!! COMING TOMORROW!!
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