This is a new piece I'm working on and I'm totally in love with it already. I wanted to work on my textured backgrounds today. I have only done one from FullCircleWorkshop and I loved the result... Lately I've been working on some offcuts of old paintings and working on an existing background is rather pleasing. I want to experiment with this more. I had an idea about the flowers from my last painting (I used that lacy flowr in the dreamcatcher) and I knew I wanted to use it again on a dress and so far - I'm loving where this is going. Doing a painting from the background forward... feels less pressurised and I have to say a rather enjoyable process.
I've been slowly collecting hand carved Indian wooden stamps and I can't tell you how stoked I am to find one this size... happy dance going on over here. I plan to take a little train trip down the coast to go get some more... I found a shop that has a whole bunch... can't wait to play with my stamps!
I've been too busy and exhausted to do anything this past week and this piece had stumped me. It's a big canvas and I wasn't enjoying where it was going. I tend to paint more seriously and the piece just felt too whimsical for me... so I kept going back to change it. I didn't do anything on Friday and the whole of Saturday until late - and then I started pulling back, covering and using lots of gesso... (thank goodness for my beloved gesso) but I feel I'm finally happier with her. I loved her face and still do. She feels a bit old fashioned. But for now... I'm happy to be moving on.