Raising Art out of Your Artist

Surprise in progress
Progress children’s portrait expressing surprise

We got kudos for individual creativity in art, teaching ourselves, and entrepreneur type creative ideas always. If my folks had not been encouraging in these ways, I would never have been able to follow this direction in life. They noticed the signs of artist tendencies in me from the beginning and encouraged me to practice and explore. Thank God our family tends to encourage creativity and guide us to educate ourselves in an entrepreneur sort of way.

Artist traits

I was one of those kids that lay on the ground looking up into the sky, seeing images in the clouds. I still like to do this. My earliest memories are of loving fishing on weekends with beautiful mountain walks. Discovering wonderful panoramic views with warm sun and bright mountain skies. Evenings spent coloring on a fold-up card table at my Grandma and Grandpa’s home. Skiing with my family and seeing some of the most gorgeous views in the snow from a very young age.

Have always doodled, consequently, getting in trouble in school for drawing horses in the margin of the test papers. There are many many scrap pieces of paper with eyes drawn in every position in my wastepaper packages. Noticing beauty around me, shadows and shapes, coloring, drawing and painting has always been a large part of my life. A pen or brush has always felt natural in my hand. The other stuff in life squeezes in to fit around the edges.

ART categories

As you go through this blog, you will notice that the “art” articles are divided up into different categories (listed on the right), allowing you the ability to search for a specific category of blog articles that may interest you.

I hope that this division into categories will make it easier for you to find the art subjects that you are most interested in reading about. Additionally, if you want a complete picture of the art I do please feel free to visit my traditional website also.

There are also the categories covered in my Blog about things I like to do Outdoors and Needlework . Outside activities including hiking, sports and gardening. My inside needlework hobbies of sewing or embroidery fill my spare time.

 

answer mystery painting

Okay, I will tell you then.

The mystery painting is actually the cover painting for my newest book project published by Michele Bourgeois an author in Canada who does Alternative Holistic Healing.

Where Your Mind Goes Energy Flows: A Self-Healing Manual for the Mind and Body“.

Some of my best art is in this book, check it out on Amazon.com. I also did all the manuscript layout and design for publishing. I enjoyed reading this one. Let me know what you think of it please.

Chakra Whites are Revealed

I am able to add a few shadows around the shapes in the symbols and on the figure to give it some 3D feel with the resist still on.Once all is completely dry, I mean totally dry! I usually wait overnight because if you don’t, you will find that watercolor paper does rip and rub off when damp and there is no way to make it look right again. A painful lesson on a finished painting to say the least.

Get ready for a shock! I remove the mastik and reveal the saved white areas. I also go across the whole surface and erase out as much of the pencil as possible. Wa La! Isn’t that amazing?

Chakra Root

Chakra Root Level 1,  is connected to career, money mindset, and sense of belonging. It’s colors are Red and Rose Red and it is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.

First I am painting the symbol from the middle out to the exterior . This root symbol is located on the figure base so I have to be careful to preserve the image of the figure in the background. No opaque painting allowed. In order to  the keep the figure separate from the background I drop brushfuls of red into the ray background, to emphasize the outline of the figure. Finally I add darker values to retain the leg edges on the interior behind the symbol and also add  shadow darkness to the symbols to keep them from looking too flat.

Chakra Sacral

Level 2, Sacral Chakra is connected to sexuality and pleasure. It’s colors are Orange and Rose Orange is located right over the sacral bones of the lower back. First carefully painting what looks like some off-center moons in the middle. Then adding a teeny touch of Pyroll Orange. Going in with a light Cadmium Yellow wash on the mosque shapes around the interior circle and then more pale yellow is dropped in at the outside border circle. It is truly amazing to watch how strong reds are so powerful when dropped into any yellow.

Chakra Heart & Solar Plexus

Things speed up now, two symbols at a time are being painted.

Chakra Level 4, Heart Chakra is the connection to love, relationships and self-acceptance. It’s colors are Green and Rose Pink and is located right over the heart. First carefully painting the symbol in rather opaque Sap and Hookers green….

Have you ever wondered how that Hooker’s green got it’s name?

I wet the area around the chest of the figure and drop in Viridian to get a little twang going in the rays extending out between the mastic reserved white rays of the heart symbol. This symbol is interesting with a Jewish looking star in the middle of a sun? Hmmmm.

Chakra Level 3, Solar Plexus is the connection to personal power and the ability to channel. It’s colors are orange and rose orange (salmon) and it is located on the ….solar plexus. That middle cartiledge that makes your ribs stay together in front. I paint the middle of the symbol with another upside down triangle a bright pale yellow and drop a little teeny tiny bit of pyrrol orange (a powerful color) in the center of the pool and watch it spread out beautifully.  This one’s color combo reminds me of the sun, a hot and bright entity. We have now got five out of the seven chakra backgrounds in. Moving right along.

Chakra Throat

Things begin to progress nicely with our background wet on wet colors. Chakra Level 5, Throat Chakra is the connection to self-expression. It’s colors are light blue and other blues and it is located at the adams apple area of the throat. First carefully painting the symbol in varying blues, I think of all the air that passes through that part of our body. Blue is probably a real appropriate color for the throat. I wet the area around the figure-throat and apply layers of cereulean blue, royal blue and ultramaring repeatedly till I see the rays the way I want them.

Now I am also washing a little over the figure to be able to see how the shades are showing on that too. There is so much color information in this that I don’t want it to get confusing and too busy.

Chakras Crown & Third Eye

Now the wet-on-wet painting can begin. Yay! I love the way colors can flow together this way. I will concentrate on getting the symbols painted in the correct colors along with the areas around the figure before I begin to finish up the figure itself.

Chakra Level 7, Crown Chakra is the connection to the divine. It’s colors are white and rose and it is located at the very top of the head just like its name. A bright white and rose crown that looks kind of like a lotus blossom. First carefully painting the symbol in rather opaque rose hues with touches of red to bring up the value. I wet the area around the figure-head and the top symbol, then lightly apply layers of rose rays repeatedly till I am satisfied with the rays extending down to the top of the head between the mastic reserved white rays. In this level the rose shows but the white is covered up by the mastic. Don’t  worry, it will not be hard to finish this part up correctly after we remove the mastic.

Chakra Level 6, Third Eye is the connection to intuition. It’s colors are Indigo and Purple (indigo with a touch of rose) and it is located on the forehead of our figure.I placed its symbol just above the head on the left. It has an outer circle with two sides of pointy mosque shapes coming out of an inner circle that has an upside down triangle in the center. I paint the symbol with a rose/purple center and indigo rays expanding across the area of the body that it affects. Now I can see the curves working together in the design.

Chakras Mastik Prep

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

Now you can see how my desk is arranged so that I can see my reference materials as I work on this painting.

The first task is to apply mastik or watercolor resist wherever I want to reserve white paper. Doing this allows me to paint wet on wet without worrying about avoiding where I will need clean white to be. It makes my hands much more sure of themselves. You probably notice how confusing the darker color where the resist is, but you easily get used to it and are able to know it will look way different soon.