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Friday, April 21, 2017

the phases of a painting ♥

~One Day~
I thought it would be fun to do something a little bit different and show some of the "phases"
a canvas goes through from beginning to end.
Of course, there are so many & once I am in the pure bliss of painting, stopping to take a photo {especially with paint covered hands} wasn't possible ... I found myself actually forgetting to take a photo so there are lots of phases that have not been documented - but the really big ones have been.
Hope you enjoy this little painting journey ♥
Choosing the size canvas to start.
And the anticipation as it is unwrapped.
and it begins ...
writing my anticipated canvas 'story'
by simply writing ... words coming to me as I go along.
One Day
One day as she sat
very quietly
it all became clear to her.
She was ready
to listen to the gentle whispers
of her Soul.
The pieces of the puzzle
began to fit
once she was aware
of where the truth patiently sits ♥
highlighting my focus * intention
blissfully covering the canvas
with a menagerie of colour {in the most delicious names}
wine *leaf green * peacock blue * African violet * hunter green *Copenhagen blue *  plum *cashmere tan *deep periwinkle blue*  orange spice * olive green * butter cream * plum chiffon *Williamsburg blue * cream* white
flicks and splatters of paint brushes
and lots of hands on ...
imagine my surprise when my precious grandson {who was spending sparrow studio time with me}
looked at the canvas which was sitting on my art easel
and made this observation ...
"LaLa, she is watching over the ocean ... I see a fish and a whale ... and her hands"
What a surprise to stand back myself and see that the "swirls" created by dipping my fingers into paint and "skipping" them across the canvas had created *open hands* ...hands  protecting the earth ♥
Since I feel such a connection of art and spirituality & always feel guided by above while painting, this observation was divine indeed xo
face details become more apparent
lots of lovely drips and fluffy clouds appear
"Honor your being.
Release each and every struggle.
Gather strength from life's storms.
Relax into the arms of Spirit"
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~
a bird appears :-D
gentle whispers in her ear
a little more softening of the colours
and textures added
nest and eggs
adding texture & depth to the nest
*painting mindfully I noticed this lovely white 'spirit' which appeared above the nest *
which seemed to bless this painting
the finished result ... a softening across the painting & tiny bits of detail here and there ... lots of areas for the eye to gaze & find & savour
*protection * connection * mindful living * meditation * bird whispers* mother earth* birth *
hope you enjoyed this painting journey .
Prints are now available in my Etsy shop xo


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love to watch someones painting journey. It is always an inspiration to me even though I don't paint like this. It just gets my creative juices flowing.

sage and spirit said...

What an amazing journey from blank canvas to finished painting! I loved this post!

Blondie's Journal said...

Amazing post, Deb. I can see how you build layer after layer. I've taken watercolor classes...I just couldn't get it. I love seeing someone who realy knows and creates beauty like you do!!


Deb said...

hi Lisa ~ thank you - so happy you enjoyed seeing little snippets ♥

Deb said...

thanks so much Julie!

Deb said...

thank you Jane! I hope you bring out your watercolour paints again xo