Thursday, 27 August 2015

She had a green dream...it's all a bit surreal

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'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. 

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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’.

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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

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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. 

24 comments:

  1. Love it Nic - well done! I also do energy healing; Reiki, Quantum Touch and Chios. :)

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  2. well I love it and think its beautiful, I paint from imagination most of the time,for better or worse! I found that choosing to paint from my imagination grew easier as my eye sight diminished,
    this work is amazing,, truly,

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  3. Very nice. It inspires lots of thoughts and dreams.

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  4. Is is quite magical and I really hope you will revisit this style again many times. You have captured such an unearthly atmosphere... I love it... Simply fabulous !

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  5. Wonderful! I feel a magical touch on this beautiful art work.

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  6. The magic of northern lights, such as we have here in Finland, so beautiful is your painting!

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  7. wONDERFUL WORK THIS WEEK; i AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR DREAMY PAINTING; WELL DONE! Oops, sorry about caps!Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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  8. Nic, this turned out so beautiful. And the fact that it is from your imagination must make it extra special to you. I hope you will frame it so you can see the beauty every day. Thanks for your encouraging words on my blog.

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  9. Nic, this painting truly touched me. It has such a magical feeling and seems very peaceful and quiet. Your work always amazes me and this painting is one of my favorites. It's beautiful!

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  10. Love all your imaginative paintings. Yes it is freeing to paint from the imagination! Love your stag. Happy PPF.

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  11. You're right Nic, I did recognise it immediately and before I read my name!
    I love my painting and I must take a photo of it in its 'floating frame' and show it to you hung in our newly decorated space! Meanwhile this is just wonderful... I really like this 'Unrealism'... It's intriguing and in this case really calming to view :0)

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  12. This is wonder-filled, and I love that it was part of a reiki exercise ~ VERY cool!

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  13. I know I saw this on Google Plus but I had to have another look. This really draws me in and is so beautiful Nic-you are amazing!

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  14. Very whimsical and beautiful...

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  15. Really great new art. Happy PPF

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  16. What a lovely celestial atmosphere you've created, just sooooo calming in colour and subject. It does feel really dreamy.
    The texture in the moon is extraordinary... so is the line of colour on the deer.

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  17. Wow this is utterly gorgeous, truly magical! It has such beauty and grace, filled with moon light magic. How is reiki going for you? It's so great that you painted such a special piece as a tribute.

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  18. Wow, I already liked it a lot when it was just the moon and the milkway, but this is certainly an eye-catcher! It looks like a dreamworld, and I really like how the light seems to stream out of the gateway. And I love how you put part of a landscape in the deer's body. Very creative and interesting! Hope you'll do more of this, it seems like everything you try turns out great!

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  19. What a great piece. Each close up looks like it's own work of art!

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  20. Love the idea, and color. Congrats on reaching level 3 in Reiki

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  21. Gosh, this is wonderful, one could give it meaning depending on one's circumstances at the time, or just enjoy it for its beauty. It's very skilful how you have painted light coming from the arch which gives tremendous depth. Everything is so right here, and that's a great tip about drawing on to tracing paper first so as to get everything in the right place.

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  22. I had to look at your several times even to feel half of what you were portraying. Quite breathtaking.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. To answer your question, the watercolor sticks to the wood permanently.

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  23. LOVE, love, love this......
    It has such a dreamy feeling about it.
    Really beautiful...

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  24. What a great assignment for your course. I like paintings that tell a story, especially a story that is not the same for everyone but can be interpreted on a more personal level. I love deer, they're magical, somehow, and the stag fits perfectly.

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