I started this piece 12 weeks ago and I kind of loved it but also didn't (below left).
I got to this point but didn't really know how to move forward.
The empty background was bugging me and the lack of details and the shape of her body.
I love detail work. And much was missing on this piece.
To me, there was no areas of interest or story.
So I just started playing by adding beads... and making big hair, lots of doodles.
But I've done that a lot lately. I have been studying other artists backgrounds.
And something I've been waiting to try for ages, is working buildings in.
I asked my sweet friend Renee Plains, if I could study some of her building work and incorporate it into this piece. She loved the idea. I haven't shared this on social media yet because I wanted to show Renee first. I only wish I could have had sweet Renee sitting along side me instead of doing this virtually.
I love how a piece organically changes as you keep digging deeper.
I lost the one arm and one by one the birds started to disappear.
I started blocking in the buildings (below right). But eventually we found our way together.
I love how it's completely different to how I imagined, I never imagined Italy in this piece.
And I'm absolutely in love with this fact.
I'm keeping it up right now... reminding me about Italy, our beautiful Orvieto.
Hard to believe a year ago we were prepping to go... again. I guess in a way it's symbolic.
Symbolic of my journey the past 3 years or so... the teachings, the peer-learning and the journey.
I'm so deeply grateful.
I do love the big hair and the lines and doodles.
Things I've been exploring lately.