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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sketching layout. My first step is layout of a basic figure similar to the other figures that I illustrated in her healing book. It will soon be published then I can tell you more about it.
Here is the first part of the layout sketch locating all seven symbols on the figure.
My concept is to treat each location as an extension of the proper color of glow eminating from the symbol across the corresponding body part in a curve.
I have to alternated the placement of symbols on both sides of the figure to fit them so they will fit in the book layout and still be readable. The glow sections also alternated from side to side being separated by white dotted curves to help divide.
This mission, should I choose to accept it, is about “the 7 major chakras”. A subject that I know very very little about. “Mission Impossible”, in my artist world…. hurrying to proceed before the message self-destructs!
Here is what my client requested.
Please paint an image of the chakras – they need to be coloured correctly ( 2 specific colours for each) and numbered starting at the bottom. I am open to your creative suggestions always.
- 1 – red and rose red
- 2 – orange and rose orange (salmon like colour)
- 3 – yellow and rose yellow (peach like colour)
- 4 – Green and Rose Pink
- 5 – Sky blue and Violet (sky blue with a touch of rose)
- 6 – Indigo and Purple (indigo with a touch of rose)
- 7 – white and white hued with rose colour
My first step is to find out information about what chakras are, and what they look like. Thank goodness for Google. I was able to sort through a ton of information on the subject and was totally amazed at what is involved. Seven glowing points partnered with different body parts are focused on for healing, colors, scents, foods, and of course the healing yoga positions.
I print out the most helpful info and lay it where I can see it, to help me see things as I start to sketch ideas from the info. Here are two examples of information I found.
There is the;
Crown chakra, Third Eye chakra, Throat chakra, Heart chakra, Solar Plexus chakra, Sacral chakra, and the Root chakra. Whew! Here is one of the sketches submitted to the client that was approved to go ahead with the chakra watercolor painting mission. Step-aside Tom Cruise!
Finished for a wonderful client in the northeast 12 durable, beautiful garden markers for his wife’s roses and garden that show what is growing visually. They are ready to ship UPS this morning! Happy birthday to her on Sunday!
The varieties are, Abraham Darby-English Rose, Apothecary’s Rose, Granada Rose – Hybrid Tea, Henry Kelsey-Climbing Rose,Lavender Mist Meadow Rue, Noble Anthony-English Rose, Rosa Mundi-Rosa Gallica, Sunsprite-Floribunda, Tango-Anise Hyssop, Vavoom-Floribunda, Zephirine Droughin-Climbing Rose