Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Sacred Painting: my Ti-Leaf Goddess

My main focus as an artist is creating Goddess art and commissioned Sacred Portraiture. After all, I believe that the Divine lives within each of us, and how wonderful it must be to be able to see an expression of that in an artwork!

My (unfinished) Ti-Leaf Goddess painting (to the left) is the second in a series of sacred portraiture, and She is about one-third completed. I used primarily acrylic on posterboard and She is quite large. There's still quite a ways to go, because I like to use a lot of texture, pattern and glitz in my paintings, which have yet to be added to Her.

It's hard to tell from this photo, but the birds have been stenciled on with texture paste, and they have a lot of relief pattern on their bodies. As a final touch, I plan to rub some metallic paint onto them, which will bring out the patterns beautifully (I hope!)

For the last few years, I've been primarily a digital artist, so it's been a natural progression into wanting more of "the personal hand" in my artwork. The fun part is that I can now incorporate my digital art into my paintings and vice-versa. However, the Ti-Leaf Goddess is all painting (so far!)

Once She is finished, I will have Her photographed professionally, and sell giclee prints of Her at my Etsy Store. I may or may not add some digital elements to the prints first; we'll see. Most of the time, when I do this, it's to age and distress the work even further - I like that!

My reminder to myself while creating my art is to always deliberately focus my consciousness upon the task at hand, without judgment. I simply let go, and trust in the moment, allowing what needs to come out onto the canvas to do so. This allows for inspired effortlessness.

As far as I'm concerned, the day of the "tortured artist" is ov-ah! What do you think?
To learn more about my process, visit my art blog, "L'Artisana WildGoddess."


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