10-22-15: Today I began to paint the actual canvases.
I'm using (3) 16 x 20" panels, and I have started the under-
painting in three main background colors: pink, yellow, and
orange, as see in the photos at right.
I'm doing the underpainting in acrylic so that it will be dry
tomorrow. For each of the main background colors, I have
mixed warm and cool versions, as you can see. The paint
has been applied rapidly, in quick strokes, with some flashes
of the white ground of the canvas showing through.
These colors are just a starting point which can be left as
they are, or they can be adjusted as the paintings develop.
Each layer will add, while also obscuring some of what is the
layer beneath. My hope is that some "flashes" of each layer will
remain to give the final image some sparkle.
Tomorrow, I intend to apply some alcohol inks, being patient to
work in stages. I sometimes get impatient and don't allow
enough time for each layer of alcohol ink to dry fully. So I've got to be aware of that and try to give it the time that it needs.
No one wants muddy paint, and that's what you'll get if the
for me in the next several days, being at peace with the process.
Many of our girls and women are bravely trying to confront and
reject the idea the marketers promote that we all have to look alike in order to be perceived as beautiful or worthy. Thank
goodness that we're NOT all alike, that we're each beautiful
and worthy in our own, unique ways (mind, body, spirit, talents,
etc.). It takes time and PATIENCE to make any positive change,
to change the way we perceive ourselves, the way we believe
others perceive us, to accept ourselves and realize that others can
accept and love us just as we are--and you know what? If they can't or won't, then that's on THEM. That's THEIR problem. It doesn't have to be ours!