The world opened up to her colour...

“A  kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ~John Steinbeck, East of Eden.

Steinbeck's quotation has an added meaning these days. Let us hope that the world will open out soon, and that we will not be afraid anymore. Wishing you all good health.

First published in July, 2017.

mixed media portrait with bronze leaves -"The world opened up to her colour"

“The world opened up to her colour”.  9 x 12 mixed media on watercolour paper.

For this portrait, I wanted to try something new. I experimented with gold leafing or what was supposed to be gold, but turned out to be bronze leafing.

In a series of what ifs, I found some old carved leaf stamps that I had prepared for another assignment a few years ago.

Here's proof that as an artist, I am a bit of a hoarder...the old bronze sheets of leafing paper had been in my art stash since the 1990s. Since this was an experiment, of course you would expect things to go off the track so to speak. And they did! First, I glued on the leafing sheets the wrong way and I had to start that over. Live and learn once more!

The acrylics for this portrait are watered considerably to give the effect of watercolour. This is a technique I learned (and am far from having mastered) from artist Lauren Rudolph. You can see her amazingly vivid paintings by visiting Lauren's website.

I have used this technique before, here in Letting Troubles Float Away and here .

I added stamped lettering (store bought) in the background, and the colours were achieved using Neocolours II with Pitt Pastel pens used in her hair.

It seems to be a pattern with me lately to throw everything that I possibly can at a painting and see what happens.

The learning continues.

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