Brushing OffThis weekend I picked myself up out of the ashes. Brushed myself off. And moved on. I did this by playing with art for art's sake. I sat down with a glass of wine and started sketching. Lots of people came out (I love drawing people). Lots of birds. Water. Organic lines. I let the lines be, trying not to control them so much. People looked old and a little withered. Like they had experienced things. And I liked that.
The drawing you see above is one of the sketches that came out. I liked her and decided to use her as a study for a bigger painting. A painting on something other than my usual paper. I had left over plywood laying around from an abandoned project, so I used that. I gessoed it clean (felt so good) and then I mixed a color that I liked at the moment. I painted a cloud-like string across the top, and stars falling down from that. She is painted on top, stars visible through her scarf. Here is the final painting (24"x21"):
It felt really good to play and not really care what the outcome was. Fingers all white with gesso. Nails covered in turquoise. Healing.