Archive for May, 2008

The synchronistic path of the Handless Maiden/Doncella Manca parts 3 & 4

yin yang sketchStarting with Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s assertion that part 3 = is ‘albedo’ (white) and part 4 = ‘nigredo’ (black) [as was the first section], I thought of yin-yang esp as CPE says the moat is reminiscent of the circle of chalk…so a circle again, following on from my womb circle…since I had already decided to work on the two sections as a matching pair and probably as two halves of a single image, I vaguely thought of having the two paintings in portrait format with the image split vertically, one half of the circle on one board and the the other half on the other.

Looking through my collage elements I decided that my black would, this time, probably be a “green-black” to reflect the earth/orchard… Read the rest of this entry »


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El desmembramiento finished: Curar antes de nacer

Just got back from a week away to find my finished painting waiting for me! I only put the final touches the night before I left so I hadn’t had any time to really contemplate it in its finished state. Its not – can never be – perfect but it brought a satisfied smile to my face when I saw it after a week’s absence so I’ll varnish it later.  I’ve titled it Curar Antes De Nacer (Heal before being born) and I finally decided to call the first one La Semilla Del Diablo. second handless maiden/doncella manca painting completed

I did some brainstorming on the next stage while I was away and am planning to work on sections three and four simultaneously as they are very much two halves of a whole. Watch this space to find out more!

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El desmembramiento 5

Here is the latest incarnation of my second Handless Maiden painting. Its now really beginning to take on the ‘fairy tale’ look I want and I’m beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel but there’s bound to be a few surprises in store yet! Read the rest of this entry »

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Mixing it up and learning a lot

I’m really learning a lot by mostly confining myself to working with acrylic paint. I’ve definitely shaken off my paint phobia and begun to feel that the paint will do my bidding as opposed to the other way around. One of the things that motivates me is trying out new methods of working with each new piece or project. Once I feel I have assimilated a particular technique, I experiment with a new one.

stay-wet paletteI noticed that when I was finishing off the last piece that I could work a lot more quickly and confidently because I had some left over paint still mixed which I could dip into so this time I decided to try pre-mixing a palette of colours based on the underpainting I’d done at the start of the piece. Read the rest of this entry »

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