I often ask my daughter her opinion of my works in progress. She’s a teenager, so sometimes her enthusiasm can be lacking and she would rather check her phone than come into my studio to look at what I’m working on. But, she had a sensational reaction to my Autumn Hues Girl and asked me if I could create a canvas for her, but showcasing an Orca Whale. I thought it would be a whale of a canvas (pun totally intended!).
Introducing my Autumn Hues Girl original canvas! Lately my mind has been on the colors of Autumn and the warm hues that the season brings. This original canvas was created to try and capture them and still have some whimsy with a girl peeking through the warm hues.
Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists, not only because of her work, but she is such a wonderful subject to paint herself. That dark hair pulled up and with flowers, the colorful jewelry and clothes she wore and of course, those eyebrows! I loved it that she could rock the eyebrows!
It’s been a long hot summer here in Phoenix and I’m anxious for the cool crispness of Autumn to arrive. I think that’s why I selected the earthy colors in this palette. The muted greens, golds,reds and blues that are found in the woods during that time of Autumn changes.
There is a type of a painting technique called Intuitive Painting. It is a method of trusting your brush, getting into meditation and letting go of inhibitions. I’m so inspired by works of Tracy Verdugo and Flora Bowley! They have such big and vibrant paintings that are marvelous. How could I (a bit of a control freak) let go and let my intuition take over?
This week I finished my latest girl art canvas that is titled “The Search for Truth Begins”. This title was taken from a chapter title on a page that I used as part of the background. I was so taken by the title and I thought it would be a perfect match for my girl.
This is the finished canvas.