I love creating paintings inspired by fantasy, dreams, & ideas that scare me and then combining those with realistic, or somewhat realistic female figures. I've talked a lot about the "braver version of myself" making appearances in my paintings, like in "Into the Woods":
I do this to create a safe environment for my anxious mind. By painting myself in a powerful position, like "Into the Woods" where I've illustrated myself facing my fears, I like to think that I am somehow projecting what could be possible if I tried just a little harder. But recently I decided I wanted to show what it feels like to really be in the (metaphorical) woods. I've brushed on the fact that I have a little extra stuff going on in my brain that make things a little tough sometimes. Someday when I'm feeling a bit more brave I might share more details, just know that I'm currently going through something called exposure therapy, and a simple google search will tell you that it's...let's just say, not easy. So I wanted to make a painting that showed a little of what that feels like. That confronting fears can sound romantic and courageous but the truth is that while it's imperative to "fixing" me, it's scary and pretty messy. Fortunately, it makes for great painting material.
I'm considering naming this painting "Out of the Woods", so feel free to queue up your favorite T Swift jam while you check it out:
Here's a little preview:
This is about 1/3 of the painting, and really just the underpainting. I have a LOT left to do, so stay tuned!
A huge shout out to my awesome sister who modeled for me for this. It was kind of hilarious trying to take pictures of her while holding her son, Taylor, as he poked the camera then tried to escape into the forest :)
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