6/14/13

Dreams of Peace - a NEW Mixed Media Painting

DREAMS OF PEACE. Original (SOLD).
Prints available in my etsy shop.

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." -Audrey Hepburn

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Painting this girl reminded me to never settle on a painting I think is just okay. 

I'd had her background and most of her colors in place the entire time. But it was her face that I just couldn't get to resonate with my heart.

Until I covered her eyes.


For a few days, I left this girl like this. 

I started calling her the Snow Queen. She seemed so cold and distant. Very unsure of herself and pretty petrified, which is sort of the way I felt when I thought about covering her up. 

She was a good painting. But I knew I could make her better.





DREAMS OF PEACE. Original (SOLD).
Prints available in my etsy shop.

I started to focus on what I did like about the painting.

I knew I loved the dream catchers, the simple background, and most of her dress.

But I despised the stark white and her icy eyes.

So as I went in to cover things up, I made sure to keep what I liked. And went straight into covering up her eyes and then warming up the white with a yellow oil paint stick.

From there she softened, and I knew she needed a softer hairdo and some flowers too. And most of all, she needed to look within, which is how she got her title... DREAMS OF PEACE.

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2 comments:

  1. she's wonderful! thanks for sharing your creative process-often times i dont want to cover or change things for fear of "messing it up"--but maybe i can be more brave!!! once again-she's a beauty!

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    1. thanks! it always helps me to feel like i'm not messing things up if i have a few paintings going on at once. that way, i never get too attached to just one :)

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