I did this piece on the right, in September 2012.
It was my first piece under Misty's teachings (OpenStudio) and I did it right before I left for Italy to paint with her in person. It was 100% Misty inspired. I knew going to Italy to paint in her class was far reaching for where I was at. So I was desperate to do something that would make me feel less out of my depths. I'm not sure if it helped. I knew all the way I was out of my depths.
When I got back from Italy I did all the thousand dots.
I originally painted her on stretch canvas that I had stuck patterned scrapping paper on.
I have loved this piece. And I vowed never to change her.
Because she was the start of something... a wonderful journey.
But last night I did. I just knew it was time.
Digz said - "hey, you are changing history".
But I have the prints, images and memories of my journey.
In truth she has been calling me for a while... and I guess the time was just right.
Her tiny mouth and nose, too thin neck and no shoulders needed to change.
The more I worked on her, the more the paper bothered me and it created a bubble, which I started to pull at and before I knew it I had lifted off all the paper and my new over painting.
I kept redrawing her so I would loose her completely.
It ended up being a massive undertaking, right down to using sandpaper.
In essence... I have now painted her 3 times.
I always loved her. She was sweet.
To me she's moved from whimsical girl to beautiful woman.
Which I absolutely adore.
I love her new delicate lace around her face,
This is where I left her last night.
Not sure how to end her...
When I had some studio time this morning... I decided to do dots/dashes down and across, as opposed to around this time.
And it just totally finished off this piece. I'm beyond thrilled with her.
In 2012 I called this piece Misty.
And to me, although she's changed so much - she's still very much My Misty piece.
I am so grateful for change, for growth and for progress.
I hope this is something I never stop doing or stop seeking out.