i love this painting but it almost went into the trash. actually it’s on canvas, so i probably would have painted over it. i painted on it more and started liking it better.
if you can tell, there’s sort of a purple flower on the middle left. i was focusing on that and there was more and more purple til i got really frustrated. i wasn’t sure what to do. . i lay on more and more paint on a area i want to accentuate. but like with the flower, i put on so much paint it turns out very dark and a bit bloby. in this case i tried to brighten up the areas around the purple “flower”. that was good, but not good enough.
i took an almost empty tube of pale pink and squeezed the tube over the flower. i didn’t know what i was going to do. other than mix some colors on the canvas. but the tube was emptier than i thought. it splurted all over, but in a very thin way. it looked cool. there was a little paint left, so i squeezed the tube above the canvas and squirted it all over, being careful not to obscure the whole painting. flower problem solved and i think the painting looks all crazy and wild and pretty cool!
a little while ago i posted some mandalas that i created by using some original, traditional drawings and photo manipulating them.
i wanted to delve into this idea a little more. actually i just want to show off my coolest mandala.
i think it looks sort of like flash for a traditional american style tattoo. maybe i should get it! actually, because because my fibromyalgia makes my pain several times worse than it would be for someone with out the disease, so i’m not going to try it again. i’m mostly covered, anyway!
the symmetry of this mandala is just a pleasure for my brain to experience. the softness of the lines make it look kind of dreamy, something from a long time ago. obviously it gives me lots of ideas. that’s so fun!
it’s also fun to try out to different photo editing apps. i did that with such programs on the pc, but doing it with my phone, i had to get apps to do it with. i found several and am checking them out. like anything you do first on the pc and then use on a device, there’s a learning curve, but it’s not like trying to learn to use PhotoShop!
i think this looks like a gate. maybe it’s a gate to a palace, or a crest over a door. i said tattoo already but it looks like i’m saying it again! it would be good painted on the back or a leather jacket (i had a jacket like that, but the painting i’d done on it wasn’t that great. haha!
it’s nice to remember that…and think about how incredibly much i’ve grown, artistically, over the years, especially over the last decade. i can’t believe that i’m still on the art therapy journey, one that i hope will never end!