I am so happy to have another painting finished that I can share with you. I really love creating, but it isn't complete without sharing, because I'm not just making these things for my own eyes. So I hope you enjoy! Like I said earlier, I'm not doing the strict one painting a week rule anymore so artistic updates might be a little fewer and a little further between. It will be good though! I'm excited to see how my paintings change without a time stipulation being put on them and learn more about my artistic process. Also, it will be nice to not stress when life gets in the way now and then, because that is inevitable and I think totally necessary. Speaking of life, it has been a bit busy. I have been in the city for one week now and a few things have happened. I've quit my first job and been hired at two new ones, I went to a Michael Jackson and Prince theme night, I met two family members for the first time ever, and I won Settlers of Catan which has never happened. Thankfully my new roommates seem to love games as much as I do, are totally addicted to tea, and are completely lovely people in general, needless to say I think that situation was definitely meant to be.
Anyways about this painting. I was out for an evening walk and had a vision of this piece and immediately went home to get started on it. The vision I had was basically the first image you saw, so the rest of the painting was done on instincts, as per usual. As you can see I got quite involved with adding details and filling in the negative spaces. If I'm being honest, I feel a little at odds with this painting. On one end, it feels finished to me and I love the depth that was created through the layers and added intricacies. On the other end, I look at the first progress pictures, and I am reminded that I chose this piece of wood for it's beautiful grain, which is somewhat lost in the finished product. Yet, when I look at those same pictures the piece does not feel finished to me and my immediate reaction is still to add more layers and details. Maybe I need to work on a larger piece of wood? Maybe I wouldn't feel so inclined to fill in the negative space therefore leaving more of the grain to be viewed? Now I'm just thinking out loud, but I like telling you my thoughts. I would love comments if anyone has ideas or opinions to share. Either way, I am happy with the finished product so all is well and I have ideas that I'm contemplating as I start my next piece.
At a time in my life where so much is new and different, I feel so grateful that painting can be my constant. Throughout my life and predominantly in the last couple of years, painting has been whatever I needed it to be. It has been a solace, a therapy, a release, a joy, and a love. I'm lucky to have found this passion that fills my soul. I hope you have found your passion as well, because I'm convinced we should follow them, we never know where they may lead us.
Details about the piece:
Titled "Jungle Fever" it is 12'' x 12'', gouache and acrylic paint on wood.