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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen
16 x 20 on Canvas
This new painting is my current all-time favorite. I love her. The song Dancing Queen has been stuck in my head ever since I marked out her hair! She feels like a turning point for me somehow, but I can't quite put my finger on exactly how yet. Her hair is done with a technique called negative painting. Basically, rather than letting your background layers be in the background, you paint all around it and make it an element in your painting. I've seen this technique a lot, but I really wanted to try it when I saw it on artist Kim Ellery's work. I finally came up with a background that I knew would work perfectly.

I paint intuitively rather than going in with a plan. I actually never have a plan when I begin and for a while, I was frustrated that I was stuck on painting faces... girls with red curly hair. I finally decided just to drop the frustration and let this phase run its course and now I'm enjoying it. It is obviously something symbolic that I am working through in my heart and soul. I think the red is for power and strength - that I have the power over my choices and the strength to make the tough choices. The curls have been a part of who I am for my whole life. I tried straightening it for years - and it was pretty - but just wasn't me. I've battled and struggled with my hair. But, for the last 10 - 12 years or so, I've just embraced it and tried to do my research to learn to take care of it. (I have naturallycurly.com to thank for that!) Now, I'm just thankful for it. I'm learning to embrace ALL of who I am and the way God made me - learning to love myself. It's a long and winding road.

Linking up with Sunday Sketches!

5 comments:

  1. she's lovely. I see her as someone with lots of wisdom, for some reason.

    I do like the colorful hair. I don't plan how to create a piece either. it's more like whatever comes never after you add a line or a curve or a color. I suppose it's different for everyone.

    hope you have a sweet day.

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  2. SCORE!!!! DANCING QUEEN!!!!! I hadnt heard that tune in ages :D :D :D Your girl is lovely and weirdly reminds me of my friend Anneliese ha ha!!!! love this

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  3. She's beautiful, great job with her hair! And you have beautiful curly hair from your photo! People pay to get that done!

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  4. Beautiful, love this ! Beautiful contrasts! <3

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  5. Love her brightly coloured hair! Painting negative is wonderful isn't it? I love the results you can get from it. I never understood why people with naturally curly hair like yours would want to straighten it out!? So glad that you're not doing it anymore, I would LOVE hair like that!

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