“I wish I could show you when you are lonely…or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” Hafez, (approx. 1320 AD), a prolific poet, memorized the Koran because he wanted to write poetry that was divinely inspired.

My spirit is healed - mixed media painting

“My spirit is healed”, 11×15 mixed media on Canson XL watercolour paper.

This was completed as an assignment for a year long class.

I had never done a background like this before.  It is so much fun to try new things and discover what works and what doesn’t work.

In this case, the bubbles or bokeh background worked the way I had hope.  I decided that each bubble would contain a word, most with negative connotations.  I had that idea of showing that her troubles, fear, sorrow, uncertainty, are very much “floating away”.

And then I had the idea of the string that she could be holding.

So in this painting, I learned a new background technique, I practised painting a hand, (hands are very tricky to draw) and I continued to perfect using watered down acrylics to simulate watercolour.  This is a very cool technique that I learned from Lauren Rudolph.

All in all, this was a great lesson with a pleasing result.  That isn’t always the case so when it happens, it makes my heart sing with joy!

My troubles are indeed, floating away!



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