Thursday, April 15, 2010
Can you see it?
Let me start by explaining this painting. This is just the background.......I repeat...I'm NOT done.
Normally, when I have an idea for a painting, I can picture the whole piece in my mind before I even start. With this one, I only knew that I wanted the background to be green with floating flowers. I figured that I'd try something different and let it evolve on its own. After the background was done, I stared at it for days trying to figure out what else to add. I found myself searching the Internet for images of Kwan Yin. I love that she exudes such a peacefulness in her expression and wanted my painting to have a similar feel.
This is where it gets kind of weird.
So I kept my thoughts and ideas to myself, because honestly, I wasn't ready to commit to it. Then, in walks Francesca and Carol for art class. They both stood in front of my easel critiquing my work like they usually do.
Francesca said something like: "Hey, there's a face in the background"
Carol: "Yeah, I see it too. It's Kwan Yin!
Now come on! Of all the female images in the universe, she picks Kwan Yin. What were the chances?
I guess I'll be adding her to my painting then. Maybe a transparent image in blue. Then I was thinking about adding a third layer. Hmmm, I'm leaning towards a floral line drawing in pink or orange?
What do you think? I'd love to hear your ideas.
***So if you look really close and stare at it for a while, maybe you can see her too.