in a couple weeks I’ll be for the third time displaying my work at the Lexington Bluegrass Pagan Pride festival. this year I’ll be showing five pieces along with Tammy Wampler and other artists in a show named Web of Life. creation, cycles of life and the Divine Feminine are some of the subjects of the artworks to be displayed in the show. I’m happy for once more collaborating to this beautiful event.
taken by the Pagan spirit, I decided to give another try to my Tree of Life painting. hope the process goes smoother this time and the work gets ready in time for the show. I was painting the first version when I had my last artistic crisis and decided to stop the job.
board ready to receive the sketch. I kept the same colors of the first version and applied a few layers of watercolor and gouache, allowing them to intermingle. some sprinkles of salt helped to create texture.
transferring the sketch with tracing paper and doing an initial render to have a reference on how the composition is going to develop in that new “environment”.
adding the other figures and rendering the tree branches and leaves – which will be peacock feathers.
not sure yet if I am going to maintain the strong lines around the drawing. I’m trying not to lose the “graphic” character of my work, but at the same time I love when the figures kind of merge with the background. as the work develops I hope to have a better idea about what’s the best direction.