|'She had a green dream' - acrylic on canvas 40cm x 50cm|
This week I finished the painting I was working on for my advanced reiki project. You might remember I had mentioned a while back that in order to receive our certificates for successfully completing the reiki 3rd degree we had to produce something that showed we understood all we had learned in reiki as it applied to us personally. I could’ve written an essay (which actually my narrative to my reiki master in the covering email pretty much was!) or a poem or even created a mood board. Of course, it’s not really a surprise that I decided to paint my project. The title is a phrase that came up in relation to me during the reiki course and it seemed appropriate for this painting.
It’s my first time with surrealism and I really enjoyed it. My friend and fellow artist, Sandra, may recognise the scene I painted in the stag's body - there was a reason why I replicated one of my previous landscape paintings - it fits into the meaning of the painting for me.
I think I’d like to play around with it again in the future – it’s really a lot of fun painting completely from your imagination based purely on your own personal interpretation of something. Of course, the challenge is getting the imaginary image from your mind’s eye to the canvas but I have to say that this turned out better than I had hoped and I have to thank fellow artist (and exceptional colour pencil realist) Katherine Thomas who happened to mention, on Facebook, a book she had, called ‘Imaginative realism: how to paint what doesn’t exist’.
I promptly ordered it from Amazon and although I haven’t read the whole book, I skimmed through it to find any parts that were relevant for this painting and I did get a great wee tip about drawing on to tracing paper and taping that on to the canvas to get the perfect placement rather than just starting to paint straight onto the canvas and then realising it should’ve been left a bit or down a bit! I put that to good use to find the right place to put the stag and the gateway
Anyway, you might be looking at the painting, thinking ‘WTF?’ and that’s okay because you can interpret it in your own way. Or perhaps, if you have come to know me a little from popping by my blog you'll be able to interpret it quite easily. Who knows. Isn't that the beauty of surrealism?! I think it’s the first time I’ve ever done a painting where the meaning isn’t entirely plain and obvious. I think I like that.
|'She had a green dream'|
In other news, my Justgiving fundraising campaign for the Scottish SPCA comes to an end soon and I'll be drawing a winner for the custom pet portrait on 31 August. If you haven't already donated and you'd like to be in with a chance to win a portrait of your dog/cat/small furry then there's still time. Just click on the link and donate as little as £1 to enter the draw.
I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday and as always will look forward to seeing what is happening in the online world of creativity.