You may remember that a little while back I wrote a bit about a painting I'm calling "The Lady", which has to date been the most hour intensive painting I've worked on. (We're at 30+ hours now) You may also remember that I thought I had gone a bit insane because I decided to start painting a second piece at the same time and work on the two in tandem - sort of.
The two were being done while listening to completely different soundtracks and took on two different looks. Lately, the place of emotion where The Lady lives has been a bit too tender for me to willingly go to. It's like a healing wound and working on her right now is sort of akin to picking a scab open. As such, we're taking a break so I can heal up, get my strength back and work on her with full attention instead of a half-assed attempt.
During this break, I focused on her sister who I'm now calling The Hanging Woman. She's so bright and bubbly and full of energy. She's really helped pull me out of that darker place and makes me feel both happy and somehow powerful when I look at her. She's taken a place of prominence in my living room so we can easily connect as often as I need to. Working on her was absolutely a joyful experience, between our musical selections - which ranged from Gogol Bordello to upbeat Indie Pop - and the vibrant colors and energetic movement. I can honestly say that the entire time I worked on this, I was smiling. Or at least smirking in some mischievous way.
It's hard to tell, but there are 17 open eyes nestled in her hair.
For those interested in technicalities, she measures in at an oddball size of 18"x48". She's painted in quite a few layers of acrylics (I lost count at 13), many done in glazes, on Strathmore mixed media paper. A lot of people have asked why I enjoy working on paper, because there are visible seams in all of my paper works. The reason is that as a painting evolves and grows, I'm not constrained to the size of the canvas. I can add more space and let the painting get as big as it likes. In the case of The Hanging Woman, I had originally intended for her to be a single sheet-one shot-quick painting. But when I got to her hair, I desperately wanted to add more paper. So I did. And unlike canvases, these two are connected, so I can move her around and hang her as a single piece. Also, things lined up nicely.
And, I just like working on paper. Dammit. ;)
Here I am with her, for size reference.