Anasera is painting… the first of the Wildersoul Circles.
The initial design for this painting was scrawled on a tiny notepad roughly, and enlarged using my eye to measure the circle into fifths. You can see the scanned version in my previous post.
This is the canvas, pre-primed and ready to go. I measured it all up with a protractor, and ruler. Took me a while to get my maths straight! It all adds up to 360! Except if you have a bump on your head!
Now to start colouring in… with paint! It has been such a long time since I painted, and I haven’t really ever done detailed precise work. My usual love is expressive and gestural, with heaps of texture, and the use of strange and unusual painting implements; like fingers or bits of tree.
Okay, here it is on the dining table which I covered with newspaper. (Mostly so I can blot my brushes on it.) I did a quick tiny sketch of the background photograph from yesterday’s post, to work out how I wanted the composition. Then transferred the major light and dark areas to the painting background.
That’s a close up. You can see the pencil line circling around the entire design. I wanted to have some sort of glow like I did with the digital version. And took a while to figure out what might work. White paint wouldn’t block out the pencil marks!
This is pretty much how it looks now. I am not sure what to do next. I added layers of pthalo blue to the purple centre, and worked up the lights and darks in the central knot. Then added blue and white to the outside design, which I will call waves, although a friend reckoned they looked like dolphins. I’m curious now, what do you think they look like?
Here’s a close up. When I go and look at it on the table, it feels like someone else painted it; not me! It’s a strange feeling, and I don’t want to wreck it by doing any more. I have spent eight hours on it so far.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to.
I have twelve designs on my tiny sketchpad. The next one is ready to scan in. I want to take one-fifth and copy and paste it around a circle. Hopefully this may save time on drawing it up! Maybe it will be easy to transfer direct from a printout on to canvas too. That will save time, too.
What do you think of the painting? Bit different?