Finally the moment you've all been waiting for has come!
At least for the moment that is her working name. Funny how sometimes a title or name comes to either myself or muse #2, aka my husband, easily and other times we struggle to name a piece. With my last piece, Calliope, her name came to me as I was just starting to paint her. Rising has been completely the opposite. There are 2 other names in consideration. Seraphine which stands for Burning Fire and Katness from the Hungry Games ~ Girl on Fire. Please feel free to comment which of the 3 names you like the best.
The interesting thing when I first started painting the Phoenix a year ago this is what I had in mind from the beginning. However, it took 7 tries to finally get there. With each one of them I learned something different which eventually culminated in Rising. She was not without her challenges. For instance the blue background was repainted 5 times till I finally got the "right" blue. Looking at the left hand wing I struggled on that for weeks where as the right hand wing seemed to just flow. There were a couple of other spots that definitely had me swearing more then once! In the long run she emerged just the way she was meant to be. One thing that kept going through my mind as I was getting close to finishing her was this strong feeling she may be the last Phoenix I paint (at least for a while). I felt like as an artist I had finally had my "rebirth" and was ready to move in a new direction that I've been longing to explore. As I was closing in on this painting the universe gifted me, literally, a free spot in a 4 week online painting course called See.Feel.Paint Expressive Faces and Figures which started in mid-November of last year. It was an incredible course which pushed me out of my comfort zone and brought my hidden desire of painting the face and figure front and center. Now I am not so intimidated by the subject and have begun to explore the it wholeheartedly! I'll be sharing my creations from the course with all of you in my next few post.
Until then, please enjoy "Rising"!
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Part Three ~ Birth of a phoenix
Fear not, this will be the last bit of teasing. I think?
As I painted this 2 foot by 3 foot piece there were times and sections of the painting that just magically happened. Then there were times and sections that gave me labor pains for days on end! They say each new painting is like giving birth and at times it sure felt that way!
It is actually quite uncommon for my paintings to have more then one layer. Which is a rather an uncommon way to paint. But that's just how I do it. Most of the time. On this painting however, there are a few sections that have 5 or 6 or more layers on them I repainted and repainted and finally the muse released what she was looking for. Hence, one of the reasons this painting was in labor for a very long time.
Now you can understand why I had to tease you just a wee bit.
I promise that I will unveil her with my next post.
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Part Two: The Head
Yes, I am going to tease you and only show you bits and pieces. It took me months to paint this one, so I need to slowly expose her.
What I will tell you is that the 3 pictures above come from the face and head. If you have been following along all year (2014) then you might notice a few things are different about Phoenix #7. As you may be aware, each Phoenix has morphed and changed. This one is no exception. The more astute will recognize that the beak has changed. Some of things that have morphed are; around the eye has gotten more elaborate. The Phoenix seems to be flaming just a bit differently. Oh, and there is more yellow in this one. To see how they've morphed over the year, Click on Gallery.
At this point in the painting things were moving along quite quickly. Each day more and more of the canvas was being covered. I was thinking to myself, at this rate I'll be blazing my way through this painting in no time. One must never assume the Muse has the same idea as I was soon to find out......
Yup, this is where I am leaving you. As they say, leave them wanting more. :-)
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Part One: The beginning
I must confess. I've been holding out on all of you. I started this painting back in April and didn't actually finish it till the first week of November. I didn't realize it had taken me so long to paint this Phoenix, but........... I guess it did. Apparently I am a slow painter! :-)
It is 24"x36" the largest painting I've done in about 2 years.
Of course I am going to tease you a bit before I unveil the finished painting. It took me 6 months to paint. I can't share the full monty right off the bat. That just wouldn't be fair.
This piece took me about 3 weeks of sketching and decision making, such as what size canvas to use before any paint touched the canvas.
Starting with a clean palette and my favorite colors of paint. I picked up my beloved palette knife, crossed my fingers and hope for the best. Starting with the eye (yes, I always start with the eye) I put down a mark of paint, stopped thinking and let the muse take over. It is usually best for me to stop thinking. Thinking just gets in the way and reeks all sorts of havoc!
With that, this is where I shall leave you hanging till the next post. Which hopefully won't take me 6 months to write. LOL
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